Small Business Hiring: Skilled Labor is Hard to Find, According to Indeed

Austin, Texas (November 12, 2015) — Small businesses are struggling to hire skilled and specialized labor, according to October data from job site Indeed’s small business index.


Thirty-three percent of electronic equipment installation and repair positions were still open after 90 days. This is followed closely by chiropractors and painters (32 percent), brickmasons (30 percent) and machine tool operators (27 percent).


“Rising housing starts are creating more demand for some of these positions, which is great news considering economic growth has slowed a bit,” said Jason Whitman, SVP of Client Services at Indeed, who oversees the small business service team. “However, small businesses have a lot of competition for specialized employees, which means it can take longer for them to fill these types of jobs.”


While some businesses are struggling to find specific talent, Indeed data also finds that small businesses across the board have a strong demand for sales and finance professionals. “A focus on sales talent shows that small businesses are looking to grow as we head into the end of the year,” Whitman said.


Personal services (such as fitness trainers and childcare), transportation and food service employees are also in high demand by small businesses.


Indeed data shows the vast majority (81 percent) of small business hiring is full-time employees. “Small businesses tend to rely on a committed group of full-time employees, however this can be seasonally dependent,” Whitman said. “This is virtually the same as large business, who are hiring full-time employees 82 percent of the time in October.”


Indeed works closely with small businesses to help them post jobs and hire talent. Its small business data represents U.S. companies that employ less than 500 people.



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