More than 80% of HR Professionals report challenges recruiting suitable Job candidates.

To help close the skills gap and improve individual prosperity, employers should adopt practices and policies that support efforts to hire, educate and train individuals for the modern workplace.

SHRM Supports

Work-based Learning: Policies that foster and expand work-based learning opportunities, including apprenticeships and skills-based hiring.

Accessing Untapped Talent: Initiatives that promote hiring from under utilized talent pools, such as the formerly incarcerated, older workers, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

We have seen drastic changes in the employment market, but the reality is it does nothing to erase the underlying skills gap. In fact, it may exacerbate the skills gap in the long term. We need to continue to forge a better alliance between education and employment, invest in workforce training and open our recruiting efforts to nontraditional pools of talent.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.
President and CEO, SHRM

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More than 80 percent of HR professionals report challenges recruiting suitable job candidates in the past year, an indication of a growing skills gap problem that if left unchecked will leave jobs unfilled, reduce business profitability and stifle U.S. economic growth.

Patrick Brady
Director, Policy Engagement