Back to Blog Which Skills Do Recruiters Say Are Hardest to Find? by Bob McHugh on April 12th, 2017 There are few topics more buzzed about, and more divisive, in the staffing industry than the talent shortage. While most staffing professionals agree it’s an important issue—respondents cited it as the top challenge for 2017 in the 2017 North American Staffing & Recruiting Trends Report—its exact impact differs depending on the unique circumstances of each staffing firm. To determine which industries, roles, and skills were most impacted, staffing professionals were asked to list the skill shortages they were noticing on the job. Respondents cited hundreds of different skills, but recruiting pros cited these 15 keywords most frequently. Which Skills Are Hardest to Find? Not all staffing professionals felt the same about the talent shortage either. Some hadn’t noticed any impact, and others thought the full impact of the talent shortage was still being understated. Here are some of the most illuminating responses. I’m finding marketing and technology skillsets, in particular, are becoming harder to find and secure due to highly competitive salaries. Respondent 2017 North American Staffing & Recruiting Trends Report It’s not about the skills, it’s about the licensures and certifications. It's easy to find a nurse and easy to find a coder, but strict requirements and limitations narrow down the candidate pool so significantly that recruiters end up very limited in their options. Respondent 2017 North American Staffing and Recruiting Trends Report We are not seeing any skill shortages—we are in finance and accounting, where there is a perpetual glut of candidates. The clients, however, are being very miserly with salaries and vacations. Respondent 2017 North American Staffing and Recruiting Trends Report There's a myriad of skill shortages in technology, but the greatest is a combination of great communications skills plus technology skills. Respondent 2017 North American Staffing and Recruiting Trends Report The hardest part of the job now is to find talent: Talent willing to work hard; talent with intelligence to hand the job; and talent that can manage people. Respondent 2017 North American Staffing and Recruiting Trends Report Forget about tech skills. Reading, writing, and basic communication skills are in short supply. Respondent 2017 North American Staffing and Recruiting Trends Report Want to read more on the talent shortage? Check out creative methods for overcoming skill shortages or learn more about the talent shortage and the other challenges impacting the staffing industry in the Trends Report.