4 trends for manufacturing recruiters to follow in 2015

Improvements in the economy, particularly in the industrial sector, have manufacturing recruiters ramping up their efforts to identify quality candidates. While many felt that offshoring signaled the end of the production of goods domestically, Recruiting Trends wrote that many foreign companies are actually targeting the U.S. and setting up their operations in this country.

In addition, The Hiring Site wrote that as many as 36 percent of companies plan to increase the size of their payrolls this year and hire more workers. Of the industries polled, 41 percent of manufacturing organizations stated their intent to bring on more staff in 2015. As such, recruiters in this business sector should begin preparing to receive a greater number of open needs from their clients.

Because of this, proactive recruiting strategies will need to be developed. There is no shortage of supplemental staffing agencies servicing the manufacturing industry. Recruiters need to take whatever steps necessary to give themselves an advantage and make an impact with potential contract workers before another firm does.

There are a number of trends that recruiters should follow to get a leg-up on increasing their placements this year and beyond. Here a few to be mindful of in 2015:

  1. Recruitment of students: Before The Great Recession, many manufacturing companies had strict policies on hiring. This included not bringing any people aboard who didn't have the necessary skills and experience. However, that has since changed. Recruiting Trends wrote that many organizations will begin touting the future of the sector to students in high school, and mining for candidates in trade school. Since many older manufacturing professionals have since retired or moved on to other industries, companies can no longer afford to be stringent in their hiring policies.
  2. Higher wages: In addition to the actual opportunity, many job seekers will choose a position based on salary. The Hiring Site wrote that 64 percent of companies will offer a higher base wage for new workers while 82 percent of organizations will offer their current workers a raise. Manufacturing recruiters can expect candidates to ask for higher pay and it is important for agencies to set these pay expectations with their clients, thus positioning themselves to attract a higher quality worker.
  3. Lowered unemployment rate: With manufacturing companies once again hiring full-time workers, the number of those who were jobless during the recession is expected to decrease significantly, Manufacturing.net wrote. The rate of unemployment fell from 6.9 percent in 2013 to 4.5 percent in 2014. This will mean increased competition for recruiters to quickly identify and place the best candidates available.
  4. Smaller manufacturing organizations to disrupt the marketplace: While large corporations have always maintained a dominating presence when it comes to attracting quality job seekers, smaller firms are beginning to make things more competitive. Business News Daily wrote that in accordance with the demands of the market, many small manufacturing companies will begin increased hiring efforts to steal marketshare and better position themselves to be competitive. For companies with fewer than 250 staff members, 30 percent of these firms are expected to add to their payroll in 2015. This number is an increase of 8 percent based on figures recorded last year.

Manufacturing recruiters would be wise to keep a close watch on the happenings going on within their industry. The need for qualified candidates will only increase. Staffing agency representatives should take whatever steps necessary to ensure they are delivering a value-added service to their clients at all times. Strong recruitment and retention effort will be a must for recruiters in 2015.