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  • Job Insights for the Third Quarter of 2018

    Bellevue, WA - July 01, 2018

    Employment activity remains strong, but recruiting qualified workers remains a major challenge.

    By Jake Domer, Owner, Express Employment Professionals of Bellevue, WA Job Insights for the Third Quarter of 2018

    To provide accurate and timely employment forecasts for business leaders, Express Employment Professionals International Headquarters conducts an ongoing Job Insights survey to track quarterly hiring trends across a wide range of industries.

    Express surveyed business owners, decision makers, and human resource professionals about the overall hiring trends in their markets and how they impact their hiring decisions.

    Overall confidenceremains high going into the second half of 2018.

    The economy continues to hold strong with the vast majorityof respondents expectingan upward trendin employment activityor to at least maintain current levels during the thirdquarter of 2018.In fact, only 9% of companiesexpect employment activity to trend down during the third quarter, compared to 47% of companies that expect employment activity to trend up in the third quarter-a 4% increase over second quarter 2018.

    The top segments hiring in third quarter 2018 include:

    • General Labor (Industrial): 32%
    • Skilled Labor (Industrial): 28%
    • Administrative/Office Clerical: 21%
    • Accounting/Finance: 9%

    There's no end in sight for the ongoing talent crunch.

    Althoughbusiness is booming for many companies, recruiting the top talent needed to maintain productivity is becoming more competitive than ever before. In fact, the number of respondents who reported the lack of available applicants as the top reason jobs go unfilledincreased by 78% quarter over quarter. Additionally, fewer than one-quarter of respondents said all their positions are filled.

    In fact, the number of businesses that say it is "somewhat" or "very" difficult to fill positions hasincrease by 22% since the first quarter of 2017.

    In many ways, the strengthening economy is a double-edged sword. The energy and excitement of an increase in business activity coupled with a tight labor market means companies will need to be more proactive than ever to recruit and retain the top talent they need to stay productive.

    In a job-seeker's market, skilled workers can be more selective.

    Opportunities abound for skilled workers. In many job markets, the pool of applicants with the right mix of experience and expertise is drying up and the competition among businesses to recruit top talent is fierce. The most qualified candidates have more freedom to be selective about which jobs they accept.

    When asked, "what stops applicants from accepting a job at your company?" survey respondents said:

    • Not the perfect fit (40%)
    • Low pay (28%)
    • Lack of advancement/opportunity (16%)
    • Lack of benefits (13%)
    • Inflexible schedule (11%)

    About Express Employment Professionals

    Locally owned and operated, Express Employment Professionals in Bellevue, WA is one of the top Full-Service Staffing Agencies that continually exceeds expectations by providing workforce services to local companies and helping Job Seekers find work throughout King County.

    Express Employment Professionals of Bellevue, WA
    3055 112th Ave NE #203
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    (425) 747-2424