Unlocking Success in Manufacturing Recruitment

August 28, 2023by Caitie Cunningham

The landscape of the manufacturing industry is evolving rapidly, and with it comes a series of challenges in finding and keeping skilled employees. Deloitte in fact has shared that their projections “… based on Oxford Economics’ Global Economic Model anticipate 2.5% growth in GDP in manufacturing.” As a recruitment firm specializing in the manufacturing sector, at CMRG, we understand the unique hurdles you’re facing. Check out some key recruitment and talent strategies we’ve identified that can positively impact the forthcoming growth manufacturing companies may need as they attract, engage, and retain the talent to continue to thrive in 2023.

Addressing the Talent Gap in Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is currently grappling with a tight labor market and workforce churn. Despite a surge in new hires, the number of job openings has reached historic highs, nearing 800,000. This shortage of available talent is a hurdle that’s affecting operational efficiency and margins. Manufacturers are actively searching for innovative ways to address this gap.

Tailored Talent Management Strategies

Manufacturers are finding that a one-size-fits-all approach to talent management no longer works. To retain talent and reduce voluntary exits, a personalized strategy is key. Consider the following approaches:

  • Competitive Compensation

    In a world where other industries are raising wages, the manufacturing sector needs to keep up. Offering competitive compensation packages can be a game-changer in attracting and retaining skilled employees. Beyond simply base compensation, finding a way to market your health, dental, and wellness benefits, long term incentive or bonuses, or even unique perks of the job.

  • Upskilling and Reskilling

    With digital technologies reshaping the manufacturing landscape, upskilling and reskilling initiatives are invaluable. Continuous training, collaboration with tech startups, and partnerships with academic institutions can equip your workforce with the advanced technical and digital skills they need

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

     Embracing diversity is not only a moral imperative but a strategic advantage. Manufacturers are focusing on DEI efforts to attract underrepresented groups and create a more inclusive environment. A diverse workforce not only broadens the talent pool but also fosters innovation.

  • Flexible Work Arrangements

     The pandemic has demonstrated the viability of remote work, and manufacturers are adapting. By offering flexible work arrangements, when appropriate, you can appeal to a wider range of candidates, from experienced professionals to the younger generation.

Overcoming Challenges with a Strategic Approach

While these strategies hold immense potential, they’re not without challenges. Retaining high-performing talent requires a strategic and holistic approach. Understanding the unique needs of your workforce, fostering a culture of continuous learning, and integrating diversity initiatives into your company’s DNA are steps toward success.

Partnering with a Specialized Recruitment Firm

Navigating the evolving landscape of manufacturing recruitment can be overwhelming. This is where a specialized recruitment firm like CMRG comes in. With a deep understanding of the industry and access to a network of top talent, we at CMRG are dedicated to helping you tailor your recruitment strategies to attract the right candidates for your company’s growth and success.

In conclusion, the challenges of recruiting and retaining talent in the manufacturing industry are significant, but not insurmountable. By embracing innovative talent management strategies, fostering diversity and inclusion, and partnering with experts in the field, you can position your manufacturing company for success in 2023 and beyond.

Ready to tackle your manufacturing recruitment challenges head-on? Contact CMRG today to learn how we can assist you in building a skilled and diverse workforce that drives your company’s growth today!

Caitie Cunningham

Caitie Cunningham is CMRG's VP of Marketing + Business Development. She has over 13 years of integrated marketing, sales and recruitment experience.