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Survey: Third of Workers Feel Overqualified

May 31 2011

A third of U.S. workers feel overqualified for their jobs, according to a survey conducted by Randstad, the world’s second-largest staffing company. Sixty-five percent feel they are appropriately qualified and just 3 percent feel underqualified, according to the survey.

“It’s surprising that one out of every three American employees feels over-qualified in their job,” said Jim Link, managing director of human resources for Randstad. “The data suggests that U.S. workers are less challenged by their current jobs. It also raises questions about how this will affect employee turnover and retention as the job market recovers.”

Despite their feelings regarding their qualifications for their current jobs, 62 percent of respondents desire more skills. “Hard skills” such as a degree or knowledge of a trade or industry were most desired at 41 percent, while “soft skills” such as emotional, social, leadership and organizational intelligence followed not far behind with 30 percent. Eight percent wish they had more of both skill sets.

The online poll, conducted in early May by Ipsos Public Affairs, queried 1,006 U.S. full- and part-time workers aged 18 and older.


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