According to our 2022 Manufacturing Sector Outlook Survey, manufacturing faces a potential labor crisis, with 63.6 of professionals aged 18 to 44 indicating they will not take a job in the manufacturing sector in 2022.
Additional key findings from our survey include:
- As the priorities and values of younger workers continue to evolve, 50.6% of respondents indicate that they do not want to pursue a manufacturing career because it doesn’t fit their passion.
- Despite an unwillingness to accept a job in manufacturing, 58.6% of respondents believe there are good jobs available in this sector.
- There is a silver lining in the data, with more than 80% of respondents having a neutral or positive outlook on the manufacturing sector for the next five years.
“There is a stereotype among younger workers that the manufacturing sector is declining. The pandemic exacerbated this even further with ongoing supply chain issues and manufacturing bottlenecks,” said Dennis Theodorou, managing director at JMJ Phillip Executive Search. “As it deals with an aging workforce, the manufacturing sector must work to position itself as an attractive arena for younger workers to achieve financial security and career growth.”
To view the complete survey findings, click here to download the report.