BROOKFIELD - A
recent survey conducted by the Brookfield-based staffing agency,
QPS Employment Group, concluded that half its clients cannot
fill positions due to a lack of qualified candidates.
that 27 percent of surveyed companies have bought into is to
increase wages, whether to attract new talent or keep existing
Scott A. Mayer praised such a philosophy.
majority of companies are not planning to implement wage
increases, our local office staff say their most
forward-thinking employers are bucking the trend to do what it
takes to stay competitive,” said Mayer. “Unless more employers
think this way, the industry will not be able to close the
demand and supply gap you currently see.”
percent of surveyed companies plan to hire up to nine employees
this quarter. These positions are skilled-trade in nature, and
by default, require highly trained candidates to be filled.
companies are also considering adding training programs to
address the issue head-on.
the Waukesha County Business Alliance, including President
Suzanne Kelley, have taken note.
while raising wages is one action that would attract good
employees, training is more important.
employers who will see 30 percent of their employees retiring
over the next one to five years, so it is critical that as many
people as possible get training for these skilled-trade jobs,”
Group conducted this survey on 263 of its clients spanning
across five states: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and
There is also
a demand for general labor workers, including positions in
assembly, packaging, warehouse and logistics, food manufacturing
and machine operators.
with a high school diploma or GED and above are encouraged to