This past month, RealTime Talent research strategist Erin Olson had the opportunity to collaborate with Minnesota Compass’ research scientist Justin Hollis to author an article focusing on Minnesota’s workforce shortage. The article highlights the early warning signs found in high job vacancies around 2016 as well as the potential ways our state could chip away at this shortage. This article, along with other great content from Minnesota Compass can be found HERE.
Minnesota Compass is a social indicators project that measures progress in our state and its communities. Led by Wilder Research, Minnesota Compass provides nonpartisan, credible information and tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy, workforce, health, housing, and a host of others.
If English isn’t your only language, you can find some great opportunities that leverage your unique skills
¿Se Habla Español? Chances are good that you do, because speaking a language other than English is at an all-time high in the United States.
As of 2015, one in five Americans—nearly 62 million people—speak a language other than English at home, an increase of 50 percent since 1990 (U.S. Census Bureau). Here in Minnesota, the number of people speaking more than one language has been on a steady rise, and now nearly 12 percent of prime working age adults speak a language other than English at home (U.S. Census Bureau). And this population is fairly well-educated. Over half (54 percent) have an associate degree or higher or at least some college. Classrooms are seeing a dramatic rise in linguistic diversity as well, with 75 percent of Minneapolis classrooms having at least one student speaking a language other than English, according to data from Minneapolis Public Schools. Considering that multilingualism is expected to keep growing in Minnesota, it’s more important now than ever to bring this linguistic diversity into our workplaces.
In Minnesota, the most common languages are Spanish, Hmong, and the Cushite language family including Oromo, Somali, and Sidamo, but nationwide the largest increases have been among speakers of Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. These happen to also be the sought-after languages employers hire for, according to the Center for Immigration Studies and New American Economy. In fact, bilingualism was one of the top five most in-demand hard skills in Minnesota in 2015 according to online job posting data (TalentNeuron Recruit).
These trends mean more job opportunities are opening up for bilingual workers in most states. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of online job postings targeting multilingual or bilingual workers more than doubled in Minnesota, matching trends nationwide. However, since a peak in the summer of 2015, counts of job opportunities specifically indicating a need for multilingual workers has been on a moderate decline—despite overall counts of job opportunities continuing to rise.
Using TalentNeuron Recruit, we identified the most in-demand occupations for people with bilingual skills, as well as the top cities and companies where you can find these jobs. Explore the lists below to get a picture of the bilingual job landscape in Minnesota.
Top cities hiring bilingual workers
Most Minnesota jobs hiring bilingual and multilingual individuals are located in large metropolitan areas, where the populations themselves tend to be more diverse or growing substantially.
|City||Number of Bilingual Jobs available in July 2017||
Percent of Total Local Jobs available in July 2017
|2. Saint Paul||330||2%|
|4. Saint Cloud||83||1.4%|
|6. Eden Prairie||59||1.1%|
Top companies hiring bilingual workers
These employers had the most job opportunities open in July for a bilingual skill set in Minnesota.
- Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
- Wells Fargo
- H&R Block
- The Valspar Corporation
- U.S. Bank
- CSL Plasma
- Planned Parenthood
- Wireless Vision
Top jobs hiring bilingual workers
Sales and business development has the highest demand currently for bilingual workers, with 817 jobs available in Minnesota in this function area—up 30% from July of last year. These are the top occupations requiring bilingual skills in Minnesota (to the 8-digit SOC level).
- Customer Service Representatives
- Retail Salespersons
- Social and Human Services Assistants
- Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
- Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
- Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
- Registered Nurses
- Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
- Healthcare Support Workers
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It’s no secret that there is huge demand for Home Health Aides across the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics put out a report early last year, and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) followed suit in June 2016 with their article, “H is for Home Health Aide.” But will these positions be attractive to future workers who will have increasingly more choice in our nation’s job market and are looking for opportunities that offer a living wage and professional advancement? Maybe not, unless employers start changing what they offer.
As many Minnesotans age and require additional medical attention (the population of Minnesotans over 65 years of age will increase by more than 400,000 people between 2014 and 2024), the need for Healthcare Support Professionals is increasing rapidly. Couple that with a growing preference to receive care in the home rather than in a care facility, the demand for Home Health Aides is skyrocketing. In 2016, there were approximately 27,550 Home Health Aides working in the state and 4,457 Home Health Aide job openings advertised online; the occupation ranks as the 21st most in-demand position and the 20th most common occupation in Minnesota today. Demand is projected to grow by 30.1 percent (9,254 jobs) between 2014 and 2024–the third highest growth rate of any occupation in Minnesota. However, these positions offer some of the lowest salaries of any occupation in the healthcare industry, with a median wage of $24,944 and currently advertised positions only offering $20-26k as a starting salary–just barely hitting the threshold for a living wage for a single adult ($11.39 in Hennepin County). There may be little incentive to encourage workers to take on these roles as the number of job opportunities begins to exceed the number of available workers in the laborforce.
We are already observing high rates of job vacancies in entry-level healthcare positions that require an Associate’s degree or less. Online job postings in the Twin Cities Metro for low-experience, low-education Licensed Practical Nurses and Home Health Aides have increased more than 7% since 2015, dramatically greater than other entry-level healthcare opportunities. Hennepin County was home to 24% of the state’s total entry-level healthcare positions in 2016.
As Minnesota continues to face changing demographics, how will employers respond to ensure that they attract the candidates they need? Hopefully, we will start to see rising wages for entry-level healthcare positions.
For more data on healthcare occupations at the Twin Cities and Statewide level, check out our reports page.
In the Twin Cities, the workforce is mobile. Although differences exist between the candidate pools and job opportunities found in each of the metro’s seven counties, there are more similarities than differences.
Metro employers continue to seek out candidates with a strong foundation in soft skills including communication, attention to detail, problem solving, and customer service. Information Technology is the top job function area in demand in the metro area, with a particular focus around business information management, healthcare IT, and cybersecurity in finance IT.
For more details on the booming job market in the Twin Cities Metro, take a look at our recent report or the summary slides linked below.
This month, four organizations launched branded portals of the RealTime Talent Exchange. Ranging from trade and employer associations to local economic development corporations and chambers of commerce, these additions to our network of platforms signal that Minnesota businesses have a big interest recruiting talent differently.
The RealTime Talent Exchange is a cutting-edge web-based job platform that away from resumes, position descriptions, and traditional recruiting practices toward a new matching technology that leapfrogs other online tools. The Exchange uses statistically-validated questions for specific positions and sophisticated matching to create high quality connections and increase the diversity of candidate pools. It surveys candidates and employers about needs, interests, abilities, and preferences and then uses WorkFountain’s patent-pending matching algorithms to create matches, instantly connecting job and internship-seekers to opportunities. By matching candidates to employers based not only on skills and requirements, but also on job interests and workplace preferences, the Exchange ensures that candidates are well-suited for positions and provides employers with access to candidates who are the best possible fit. It was developed by Michigan-based process engineering company Digerati (under the name WorkFountain) to help create a more efficient labor market and reduce bias in the hiring process. The Exchange also:
- Cuts the time and cost of recruiting and job searching
- Provides rapid and high quality matches
- Serves the unique needs of small, mid-sized, and large employers
- Delivers integrated resources to support recruitment goals and compliance reporting
- Provides customer-centered tools for employers, job-seekers, educators, industry organizations, economic developers and others
The first portal to launch in Minnesota belongs to the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation, titled the VHEDC Talent Exchange. Within a few hours of launching the site, three employers had jumped at the opportunity to leverage the unique matching technology.
Second to launch was the AgriGrowth Job Exchange. AgriGrowth immediately saw the benefit of a talent matching platform that would help ag employers more effectively and efficiently find the talent they needed. The volume of job posts on their portal has been growing at the trade association’s network of employers experience the platform and see how powerful it can be.
Launching within 24 hours of each other, the MHTA Talent Exchange of the Minnesota High Tech Association and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s MN Job Match platform have already created a lot of buzz. With more hosted portals preparing for launch in March, the RealTime Talent Exchange continues to grow. If you have questions about the Exchange or becoming a host, please contact RealTime Talent’s Executive Director, Sandee Joppa or the Exchange Director, Jess Niebuhr.
The RealTime Talent Exchange Leapfrogs Other Posting Systems
Hey Minnesota employers! Every day you work hard to attract, develop, and retain the talent your organization needs for today and for the future. This important and time-consuming work starts with hiring the right people for the right roles. The RealTime Talent Exchange can help!
The Exchange provides cutting-edge technology that creates a more efficient and effective labor market by moving away from the sole use of traditional recruiting practices toward a new matching technology that leapfrogs other online tools. This innovative technology helps employers fill open positions by easily accessing candidates who are the best possible fit.
Here’s how it works.
The Exchange surveys employers and candidates about needs, interests, abilities, and preferences using a set of statistically validated questions for the specific role. Then, the system uses patent-pending algorithms to create matches, instantly connecting employers and job seekers. This cuts the time and cost of recruiting and serves the unique needs of small, mid-sized, and large employers. Built on WorkFountain technology, this innovative platform allows your organization to make meaningful connections and find the best person for the job–faster than ever before.
Some key benefits for employers:
- One-stop exposure to top talent, regardless of recruiting budget or name recognition
- Job board broadcasting and social media promotion
- Centralized scoring, screening, and stack ranking of candidates
- Prioritized shortlist of top matches to consider first
- Cost effective ($39 per job posting and $19 per internship posting)
Now in the pre-launch phase, this new online labor Exchange will be officially launching in February. View the site now at www.realtime.workfountain.com. There are early opportunities for large employers, regional economic development bodies, academic institutions, and others to become hosts or create enterprise accounts on the new platform. If your organization is interested in this kind of opportunity, please contact Jess@realtimetalentmn.org