85% of US Hiring Managers Say Positions Remain Unfilled Due to Lack of Hard Skills and Applicant Experience


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Express plans hiring event to match applicants with open jobs on Tuesday March 26 from 10am – 2pm at 270 Quaker Rd, East Aurora


West Seneca, NY 3/15/2024 — Many good manufacturing jobs remain unfilled due to an increasing mismatch in the labor market.  According to U.S. hiring managers, the hiring gap is due to a lack of applicants with hard skills (44%), relevant experience (41%), a general lack of applicants overall (39%) and/or those with soft skills (33%).

This is according to a recent survey from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals.

Job seekers agree one of the biggest challenges they face is finding job opportunities that match their qualifications (56%). While many barriers are skills related, such as lacking hard skills (24%), soft skills (14%) or communication skills (13%), another barrier for 39% of them is companies claiming to be hiring but are only collecting applicants and resumes to review.

This perceived barrier is especially pronounced with men (43% vs. 34% women) and Gen Z (54% vs. 38% Millennials, 36% Gen X, and 37% boomers/seniors).

“In western New York we have begun to see a growing split in the labor market between entry-level and skilled positions,” said Darren Moscato, franchise owner of the West Seneca Express franchise office. “There is an increasing amount of slack in the labor market for unskilled workers. The opposite is true for skilled labor, who are more in demand than ever.”

To help match applicants to open jobs Express Employment Professionals is hosting a hiring event at Delevan in East Aurora located at 270 Quaker Rd, East Aurora, NY 14052 on Tuesday March 26 from 10am to 2pm.  Express represents over 25 local employers with over 50 jobs available, including many assembly jobs at Delevan paying $17.69 – $19.19/ hour. All shifts available.

Career placement professionals from Express Employment Professionals of West Seneca will share the

job details, interview candidates and make job offers.

Hiring managers from Delevan will meet with qualified candidates, provide facility tours, and will make job offers.

For a complete list of job opportunities, to learn more, or to pre-register go online at www.716Jobs.com or text/call Express Employment Professionals West Seneca at (716) 800-4311.

Survey Methodology

The Job Insights survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals between Oct. 31 and Nov. 10, 2023, among 1,007 U.S. hiring decision-makers.

The Job Seeker Report was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals from November 9 to 26, 2023, among 1,002 adults ages 18 and older.

For full survey methodologies, please contact [email protected], Director of Corporate Communications & PR.


If you would like to arrange for an interview with Darren Moscato, call 716-800-4311.

About Express Employment Professionals
At Express Employment Professionals, we’re in the business of people. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Our international network of franchises offers localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve across the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, employing 579,000 people globally in 2022 and more than 10 million since its inception. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com.

The West Seneca Express office is located at 1900 Ridge Road. Local businesses and applicants are encouraged to stop by, visit 716Jobs.com or text/call 716-800-4311.

About Darren Moscato

Darren Moscato is the owner of the Express office in West Seneca.  The Express franchise brand is an industry-leading, international staffing company with franchise locations in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.


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