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Staffing Central: More Training for Workers and Changes in Pharma

Whether you are a recruiter, job seeker, manager or entry-level employee, keeping abreast of the latest trends in the staffing industry is key to professional growth. Yet in today’s rapidly changing labor market, staying on top of the industry can feel like a full time job.

Wondering what’s up in the staffing industry? Here are the headlines:

1. Lack of time is biggest recruitment challenge

Forty-six percent of hiring managers surveyed by CareerBuilder say their biggest recruiting challenge is their lack of time. CareerBuilder’s Enterprise Pulse of Recruitment Survey also found that 24 percent of hiring managers are challenged by inadequate budgets, 21 percent “lack the right internal people to do the job” and nine percent say they lack the software or technology they need to perform their jobs optimally. 

2. Many plan to make job changes

CareerBuilder’s Q2 Forecast reveals that 25 percent of employees plan to change jobs this year, looking for better opportunities. These workers have a better chance of finding new positions since 34 percent of employers are planning to hire full-time, permanent employees and 37 percent plan to hire temporary or contract employees in 2016. In the second quarter, 33 percent of employers will look to transition temporary or contract employees to full time employees.

3. Employers are willing to train their workers

CareerBuilder discovered that 37 percent of employers are demanding higher levels of academic credentials for many of the positions they hire. Sixty percent of the employers who have raised the educational bar, say they did so because jobs have evolved to require advanced skills and 56 percent say they began hiring candidates with advanced levels of education during the financial turndown and found that these hires produced higher quality work.  

“While many employers understandably look for the best candidate available, some are taking it upon themselves to help create ideal candidates,” Career Builder found. “In 2015, 35 percent of employers trained low-skill workers and hired them for high-skill jobs, and 33 percent plan to do the same this year. Similarly, 64 percent of employers said they plan to hire people who have the majority of skills they require and provide training to supplement the rest.”

4. Changes are afoot in pharma

While the pharmaceutical industry is typically ahead of the curve, when it comes to its manufacturing practices, it has lagged behind other industries. 

According to Marcus Ehrhardt, writing for Strategy+Business, “The current methods of making drugs, which are labor intensive and inefficient, are based on batch processes that have been in place in this sector since the mid-20th century. Worse still, the traditional manufacturing techniques make pharmaceuticals prone to contamination.” 

But progress may be just around the corner. Initiatives such as the collaborative Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing, aim to “transform pharmaceutical production.” Proponents of the Center’s research believe it “will benefit patients, healthcare providers, and the pharmaceutical industry” by, among other things, hastening the introduction of new medications, reducing production costs, minimizing waste and insuring drug quality.

5. Staffing agencies are popular with employers

CareerBuilder’s 2016 EPS survey showed temp jobs up by nearly three percent year over year. This increase is expected to hold through 2016. The survey also revealed that 60 percent of employers use staffing and recruiting agencies to help them hire candidates because they offer “speed and agility,” and help them to “access the right talent without incurring long-term costs.” 

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