March 06, 2014, 11:25 AM — Employers say IT jobs are the hardest to fill in 2014, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.
Given the abundance of jobs and low unemployment tech is enjoying that's not a surprise. Yet it's one that's costing organizations money - $14,000 for every position vacant three months or longer, according to the survey.
Seventy-one percent of those polled said computer and math occupations were their most difficult jobs to fill. The nine other hardest-to-hire occupations:
- Architecture and Engineering: 70%
- Management: 66%
- Health Care: 56%
- Installation, Maintenance and Repair: 55%
- Legal: 53%
- Business and Financial: 52%
- Personal Care and Services: 50%
- Sales: 47%
CareerBuilder notes that across all occupations, more than half (54%) of employers have open jobs for which they can't find the right candidate. The main reason: Candidates lack the skills or qualifications for the position.
"The skills gap is an issue that is not going away anytime soon," says CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson. “There is a growing disconnect between the skills employers need and the skills that are being cultivated in the labor market today. This causes workers and companies to miss out on realizing their full potential and, in turn, causes the economy to fall short of its potential."