Workforce Expert Shares Three Top Reasons Central Texas Is Facing Staff Shortage

One of the main reasons for the current staff shortages, according to executives at Workforce Solutions Capital Area, is skills shortages.

AUSTIN, Texas – Due to Austin’s low unemployment rate, today’s job market is great for job seekers, but tough for businesses.

Indeed, at the present time there are more vacancies than job seekers, which has resulted in staff shortages in many industries in central Texas.

Executives at Workforce Solutions Capital Area say one of the reasons the remaining positions are unfilled is a lack of skills.

They say 54% of jobs in Texas are considered average skills, which means more than a high school diploma, but less than a college degree is required. But only 45% of Texans meet this criterion.

Workforce Solutions offers programs to help job seekers achieve different certifications, but also says companies that are struggling to hire right now should be more open-minded with their job posting qualifications.

“They often use education as a determinant of employability that can eliminate people who have the skills but cannot afford or access the required degree,” said David Olson, director of marketing and communications for Workforce Solutions Capital Area.

Olson said the other two big reasons we’re seeing staff shortages in Austin are concerns about the omicron variant and the need for quality child care.

Workforce Solutions has several offices in the Austin area to help connect employers with job seekers, and they also have child care resources.

Olson also said that improving skills is a tactic companies can use to fill senior positions. This means that they can train their current lower level employees to acquire the skills needed for these positions.

“It is a creative tool for training and retaining workers. It also targets underserved populations, those who are most likely to lack these skills, but who have the motivation, ”Olson explained. “We know people cannot afford post-secondary education, so skills development within their organization can be a gateway to higher skills and higher incomes.

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