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MANAGERS IN SURVEY BELIEVE THAT A SHORTAGE OF SKILLED LABOR WILL PLAGUE COMPANIES IN THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS

 MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite the major layoffs that continue to besiege American companies, 72 percent of the executives polled in a national survey fear there will be a shortage of skilled labor in the coming years.
 The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's largest temporary staffing service for the accounting, bookkeeping and information systems fields. It was conducted by an independent research firm, which polled 150 executives from the nation's 1,000 largest companies.
 The respondents were asked: "Do you think there will be a shortage of skilled labor in this country between now and the year 2000?" Their response:
 Yes 72 percent
 No 27 percent
 Don't know 1 percent
 100 percent
 "In recent years, the so-called gap between skilled jobs available and the increasing number of unskilled workers has taken a back seat to other pressing economic issues," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps. "Although subject to continuing debate, it appears to be reemerging as a topic that must be addressed by managers before it has serious long-term effects on business.
 "Employers are responding by looking at several ways to secure skilled workers. These include training programs; a variety of hiring incentives, particularly where highly specialized skills are hard to find; and by accessing skilled temporary professionals who are now available in most industries," he said.
 There are more than 150 Accountemps offices in the United States, Canada and Europe.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn Taylor, 415-854-9700, or Marc Silbert, 516-767-3700, both of Accountemps/


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