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Employers Hard-pressed to Train, Retain Workers

July 11, 2013

Staff Reports --


Three out of five employees would cheerfully jump ship for a competitive offer, according to a report from staffing services provider Aerotek.

That's not good news for hiring managers tasked with filling a backlog of 3.8 million open positions.

While the Recruit or Retain Report from Aerotek shows a positive correlation between development and retention of employees, nearly one-third of employees said they had no ongoing training in their current jobs.

Hiring managers agree that training is important, but say they're given little time to train and develop employees.

The survey also asked hiring managers about hiring new employees. Half of the respondents reported having less time to train new hires.

Despite an apparent shift of momentum from employers to employees, a third of managers still expect more from new hires than before the recession.

The biggest impact on cost of hiring, however, is that it takes longer to find a qualified candidate than before the recession, 69 percent of hiring managers reported.

"Hiring decision makers recognize the importance of engaging and developing their current workforce, but many lack the resources to develop existing employees while keeping up with hiring demands," Tanya Axenson, vice president of human resources, said in a statement.

To help with the hiring process, "staffing partners can shoulder time-consuming tasks . . . helping managers focus on the development of current employees," she added.

The complete Aerotek report is available here.


Inavero, a leading satisfaction survey provider, conducted an online survey of nearly 800 individuals and more than 1,000 hiring decision makers. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.

Aerotek provides technical, professional and industrial staffing services, and is headquartered in Hanover, Md.

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