According to a survey conducted by ZweigWhite, the inability to find qualified staff was the single most important challenge for A/E firms heading into 2007, clocking in at 4.42 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being ''most important.'' This is the second year in a row that staffing difficulties have topped the list of challenges A/E firms are facing and it's been a growing trend for several years.




According to a survey conducted by ZweigWhite for its annual AEC Industry Outlook: Strategy and Insight for Design & Construction Firms report, the inability to find qualified staff was the single most important challenge for A/E firms heading into 2007, clocking in at 4.42 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being ''most important.'' This is the second year in a row that staffing difficulties have topped the list of challenges A/E firms are facing and it's been a growing trend for several years.

In reaction to this problem, 72% of survey respondents report that they will be increasing their hiring and recruitment activities in 2007 and beyond. But how will they do it?

''There are a number of ways firms can gain a competitive advantage in recruiting fresh talent, such as standardizing hiring criteria and candidate screening as well as maximizing firm visibility on popular job posting web sites,'' says Elaine Kornbau, managing editor of ZweigWhite Best Practice publications.

''ZweigWhite's new A/E Recruitment & Retention Cookbook addresses the importance of attracting the best and the brightest people and offers tips, advice, and best practices information to help A/E firms win the mounting talent war.'' Through a series of detailed case studies, A/E Recruitment & Retention Cookbook also shows how some firms are successfully navigating the tight labor market.

The new A/E Recruitment & Retention Cookbook is available from the publisher for $245, plus $8 shipping and handling. To order, contact ZweigWhite Information Services, One Apple Hill Drive, Suite 2, Natick, MA 01760, tel: 508-651-1559, fax: 508-653-6522, e-mail: info@zweigwhite.com, or visit www.zweigwhite.com/bookstore.