ERIC Number: ED024789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun-14
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Study of the Employee Skills/Training Acceptable to Employers Under Varying Degrees of Labor Market Stringencies. Final Report.
Fisher, W. Halder; And Others
The purposes of this stud y were to test the dependability of stated employee selection criteria, to ascertain the degree of congruence between stated and actual selection criteria, and to determine the degree of change in criteria due to "looseness" or "tightness" of the local labor market. Seven test labor market areas representing a variety of socioeconomic situations, geographical settings, and degrees of looseness or tightness were selected. One hundred entry level jobs in 35 establishments were studied through field interviews and examinations of actual personnel files. A total of 9,667 employees in 11 job classifications were involved. Some findings were: (1) Job standards can be stated specifically and can be related to the state of the labor market, (2) Job requirements tend to fall below employer selection preferences, (3) Some job requirements reflect promotion requirements rather than entry requirements, (4) Employers tend to adhere to standards but will hire substandard workers, (5) Above average wages distinguish multi-plant firms from local firms, (6) A high school diploma is often required for irrational purposes, (7) Skills are less important than education, personal characteristics, and attitudes, and (8) The interviewer's reaction to an applicant can be an extremely important employment factor. (EM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Battelle Memorial Inst., Columbus, OH. Columbus Labs.