Looking Forward to 2020: Manufacturing Hiring Trends to Watch

Monique Mahler | November 6, 2019

Want to stay on top of the manufacturing industry’s latest hiring trends? The industry is constantly changing to accommodate an expanding economy, growing demands from customers and a huge talent shortage and skills gap caused by an increased use of automation technology.

You’re probably wondering how the industry is going to keep up with growing customer demands. To help maintain production levels, the industry will need to grow by a whopping 1.96 million jobs by 2028. But the skills gap could leave millions of jobs unfilled, costing the industry more than $2.5 trillion over the next decade.

It’s more crucial than ever that manufacturers are on top of hiring trends, and we want to help. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the biggest trends in manufacturing hiring to be aware of next year:

  • Increase in automation technology. There is already a huge increase in the need for automation and advanced technologies, including computer skills, digital skills, programming skills for robots and critical thinking skills, and it will only get worse over the next few years. Workers will need to better understand robotics and automation, which simplifies manual labor through programmable machine-powered processes and will become even more widespread across all manufacturing roles.
  • Impact on productivity. Many manufacturers are worried they won’t be able to keep up with the growing needs of customers, especially with the skills gap. In fact, the skills gap is already having a huge impact on productivity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, productivity dropped in 77% of all manufacturing industries last year.
  • Hiring technology. It’s pretty common to use a variety of hiring technology, and two kinds of tech that have become more popular are video interviews and automated interview scheduling. Video interviews will become even more popular over the next few years, as this software helps manufacturers expand their reach and hire skilled workers across the country to keep up with the growing demands from customers. This software allows manufacturers to speed up the interview process and improve their candidate experience, helping them land the next top hire.

Understanding these hiring trends will help manufacturers better deal with the skills gap and talent shortage in 2020. You probably want to learn more about how automated interviews can help get through your hiring process faster and land skilled workers before your competitors. Schedule a demo with interviewstream now to learn more about speeding up your interview process.

About The Author

Monique Mahler is the VP, Marketing at interviewstream. She is an avid researcher of facts, a self proclaimed marketing geek, and an equestrian in her spare time.

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