At GenMet, the starting pay is $10 an hour. Those with an associate degree can make $15, which can rise to $18 an hour after several years of good performance. From what I understand, a new shift manager at a nearby McDonald’s can earn around $14 an hour.Huh, you can't find people who would spend their own time and money to learn a skill that are willing to accept $10-an-hour poverty-level work. 'Magine that.
The secret behind this skills gap is that it’s not a skills gap at all. [the author of the article] spoke to several other factory managers who also confessed that they had a hard time recruiting in-demand workers for $10-an-hour jobs.
“It’s hard not to break out laughing,” says Mark Price, a labor economist at the Keystone Research Center, referring to manufacturers complaining about the shortage of skilled workers. “If there’s a skill shortage, there has to be rises in wages,” he says. “It’s basic economics.” After all, according to supply and demand, a shortage of workers with valuable skills should push wages up. Yet according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of skilled jobs has fallen and so have their wages.
In addition to not paying proper market wages, I pointed out a few months ago that these cheapskate employers refuse to pay for the training they say they want their employees to have.
Seems like a simple choice to me when it comes to getting skilled workers in 2012. Pay up, or stop bitching that you can't find anyone. Make the call.