Written by: Karsten Strauss.
This past week, HR and staffing firm Randstad U.S. completed its annual report on the hottest jobs, using data compiled by its recruiting team and the Economic Research Institute. The report highlights the most in-demand positions in each of seven industries. They also reported what those positions generally pay.
Randstad has some experience in this arena; it’s part of Randstad Holdings, a Dutch firm based in Amsterdam that places over 500,000 people into new jobs every year. We decided to take a peek at their findings to get a sense of what employers in these fields are looking for, as well as what’s important to employers and employees looking forward (see below).
Here’s what they discovered:
Most In-Demand: Manufacturing Engineer (pays $79,814 annually for 3 to 10 years of experience)
2nd: Mechanical Engineer (pays $84,714 annually for 3 to 10 years of experience)
3rd: Electrical Engineer (pays $90,295 annually for 3 to 10 years of experience)
“Engineers will be highly sought after this year, especially within organizations that have not typically required engineers in the past,” said Richard Zambacca president of Randstad engineering. “The healthcare and entertainment industries are just two examples of sectors that will look to hire more engineers in 2016 to support new and innovative technologies.”
Finance & Accounting
Most In-Demand: Senior Accountant (pays $61,000 to $85,000 annually)
2nd: Cost Accountant (pays $51,000 to $74,000 annually; management positions can expect $85,000 to $135,000)
3rd: Finance Manager (pays $82,000 to $130,000 per year.
Most In-Demand: Human Resources Generalist (pays $45,000 to $67,000 annually)
2nd: Learning & Development Manager (pays $65,000 to $90,000 annually)
3rd: Human Resources Business Partner (pays $85,000 to $120,000 annually)
“While HR professionals with a broad base of knowledge are still in very high demand, we do anticipate that organizations will gravitate this year toward candidates with more specific skill sets to cope with an increasingly complex workforce environment,” says Kathryn Bolt, group president of Randstad Professionals and Tatum. “HR specialists must bring deeper expertise to the executive team around critical matters such as talent acquisition and retention, succession and compensation planning as well as workforce engagement—all while contributing to more informed business decisions.”
Most In-Demand: Project Manager (pays $73,000 to $121,000 annually, with an average of $98,000)
2nd: Software Engineers (pays $72,000 to $109,000, with an average of $90,000)
3rd: Network and Security Engineer (pays $52,000 to $137,000 annually, with an average of $93,000)
“More and more candidates working within STEM fields, specifically IT, will be highly sought after as more complex issues related to cyber risk and business compliance continue to arise,” says Bob Dickey of Randstad’s technology and engineering group. “More broadly, companies will also seek experienced IT professionals who possess soft skills, like strong writing and communication abilities.”