Nearly 70 percent of Sacramento's biggest companies expect to add workers this summer. That's according to a new survey conducted by Rick Reed for Pacific Staffing.
"17 percent of that demand was attributed to seasonal needs over these next three months," says Reed. "And workforce expansion continues to rise with 51 percent of expected hires motivated by growth and only 30 percent for attrition."
Most of the employers surveyed say the pool of skilled workers is shrinking, so they're providing in-house training to their employees. Reed says 76 percent of the companies say they offer workers apprenticeship programs and on-the-job training.
"More employers are complaining of: keeping their employees, finding qualified applicants and looking for specialized skills," he says. "Just 23 percent say they don't have or support on the job training currently to open jobs to more entry level skills and train."
Reed says most companies are looking for skills in manufacturing and product assembly, sales and general office duties.
He says 13 percent noted "qualified applicants" and "retaining current employees" as an issue. Reed says an even bigger issue is "sick leave."
"18 percent of local companies say they are having trouble interpreting, implementing or meeting compliance issues with California's sick leave policies in 2015," he says.
Under a state law that takes effect July 1, most California workers are now entitled to at least three days of paid sick leave.