A Shortage of Workers with the Right Skills

Tuesday, June 21, 2011Printer-friendly version

The head of Siemens USA, the American arm of the mammoth German engineering corporation, told the Financial Times that despite a stubbornly high unemployment rate, his company cannot find enough qualified workers.  In a taped interview, CEO Eric Spiegel says that Siemens USA has 3200 open jobs, most of which require a bachelor’s degree.

Siemens USA has actually hired recruiters to find qualified staff and lure them away from other companies.

Spiegel’s comments come in advance of a visit by U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to a Siemens Plant.

The article also cites a recent Manpower survey, which found that half of the major American companies surveyed reported difficulties hiring essential staff – a number sharply up from previous years.

Watch the head of Siemens USA here. The Financial Times article is available here. (free registration required), and is reproduced on the CNBC website here.