|Q: Is Difficult Recruitment Due to The Fact That I Won't Offer More?|
Answer: A) No. B) No. C) Absolutely Not.
Credit: Bayer Powerpoint
This week, Bayer launched its 16th Facts of Science Education Survey. I thought it might make a great blog for Chemjobber.
Some story ideas:
The STEM Workforce Shortage is NOT a Myth according to Fortune 1000 Talent Recruiters:Of all the gin joints in the world...
- New Hires with STEM Degrees are Difficult to Find
- Rising Demand and Fierce Competition for STEM Degree Holders
- Unfulfilled STEM Jobs are Bad for Business (lost productivity, limits business growth and lower revenue)
Robert Charette of IEEE (definitely the new hotness of STEM shortage skepticism) has done an admirable job taking this Bayer/Change The Equation survey of Fortune 1000 recruiters apart already, pointing out that, while about half of the recruiters say that there having difficulties finding talent, half of them say that they don't. Of course, in the comments, a recruiter shows up to prove his point (emphasis mine):
I'm currently trying to recruit engineers (CS and EE) in both the US and the UK and am finding it hard to pull in good hires even at degree level. At least in the UK we can draw on talent pools elsewhere in the EU so we're doing a lot of hiring from Greece and Spain.
And yes, we are having to offer more money, but this just draws the workers to those with the deepest pockets and doesn't address the fundamental issue of a lack of good STEM graduates.To the deepest pockets -- for shame! I'd be crying, if I wasn't laughing.
I'd like to point out the Powerpoint presentation that Bayer offers has the slide (on the above right), which indicates that 94% of the recruiters interviewed blamed their issues with recruiting on not having enough STEM graduates. I wonder if there should have been a followup question about whether or not these recruiters felt that offering higher wages might work. (I also wonder if they should have asked if they were simply bad at their jobs, but probably 94% of them would have said "No.")