Amid record unemployment and negative job growth, a few well-paying fields are struggling to find enough experienced candidates to fill open positions, recruiters told the Associate Press.
They’ve turned to less-experience candidates who can train on the job and earn certifications after they’re hired to fill open positions in accounting, actuarial roles, data analysis, health care and software sales, hiring pros told the AP.
One example of the shortage is PricewaterhouseCoopers, which can’t meet the demand for qualified accounting managers.
At PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago, there’s a shortage of qualified applicants for management jobs in tax services, auditing and consulting. Rod Adams, the company’s recruiting leader, said huge pay packages on Wall Street siphoned off lots of business school graduates earlier this decade.
“That made our pipeline more scarce,” he said.
Some of the openings at PricewaterhouseCoopers pay around $100,000 and don’t even require graduate degrees – just specialized accounting certifications or other credentials.
Formerly successful bankers or hedge fund managers don’t necessarily qualify.
“We’ve gotten a lot more resumes, but they haven’t been the right people,” Adams said.
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