Senior-level positions are hardest to fill, say 55% of hiring decision-makers

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October 27, 2021

The hardest roles to fill are senior-level positions, according to 55% of US hiring decision-makers in a survey by Express Employment Professionals.

“Recruiting at all levels is difficult, but unskilled workers are slightly more available than other skill levels right now,” said Greg Sulentic, an Express franchise owner in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Express’ survey found that 68% of hiring decision-makers believe it will be easy to recruit for entry-level roles while 63% believe it will be easy to recruit for C-suite roles. When it comes to midlevel employees, just 56% believe it will be easy.

Senior-level positions are always difficult to fill in Sulentic’s market, but he said the drop in labor force participation has accelerated the trend even further. Midlevel roles are the ones he is truly worried about.

“I believe we will experience a massive shortage in the pipeline for mid-level employees that is even more extreme than what we are finding today,” he said. “This will be the result of the current shortage in employees entering the workforce and the lack of trained, skilled employees to move from entry-level to midlevel. However, senior-level will continue to be the most difficult simply due to an aging workforce retiring at greater rates.”

Express’ survey included 1,001 US hiring decision-makers and took place between March 23 and April 12.

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