Employers face an increasingly competitive talent market

Manufacturing Workers Are Currently in Demand - Talent Intelligence For the first time in a decade, the amount of hourly manufacturing and logistics jobs outnumbers the amount of U.S. workers available to fill them, according to recently released data.

As a result, manufacturing and logistics employees can — and may — opt to leave their current position to work at a new company.

More than a quarter — 26 percent — of employed hourly workers said they are actively pursuing new jobs, and an additional 30 percent are willing to consider a new job if an opportunity presented itself.

The survey also found workers view the initial pay rate, job security and benefits as the most important factors in choosing a job.

A great work culture, favorable schedule and the ability to learn new skills are the top reasons employees stay with a company.

The survey results indicated, in fact, that skill-building is of particular interest to manufacturing and logistics industry employees.

Ninety percent of the respondents said they’re interested in workplace apprenticeships; more than a third (35 percent) felt having one would be a great way to grow their career and/or skill set. A fifth of the respondents said they wanted to pursue workplace apprenticeships, but had not had an opportunity to.

To find out more about how turnover and the shortage of blue collar workers could affect organizations with a significant amount of manufacturing and logistics jobs, view EmployBridge’s summary of its workforce report.