Poll Results: What are the Biggest Barriers to Employment for Job Seekers?

There’s no doubt we’re in a job seekers market, but could there be roadblocks standing in the way of their next job opportunity?

In August, we asked our readers to list the top barriers job seekers are facing today.

With 25.9%, the top answer to the monthly poll was “Compensation too low,” followed by “Lack of necessary skills for available jobs,” with 17.2%. With another 12.9% of the votes, readers said the “Rising cost of living,” while 8.4% of respondents cited “Lack of flexible work hours” as a top barrier to employment for job seekers.

The rest of the results are as follows:

  • “Arranging dependent care (childcare, eldercare, etc.)” (5.2%)
  • “Lack of transportation” (4.5%)
  • “Lack of soft skills” (2.6%)
  • “Lack of job opportunities” (1.9%)
  • “Lack of benefits” (1.9%)


Another 19.4% of respondents chose the “other” option. Here are a few of their responses:

  • “Job postings requiring years of experience for little pay. As well as lack of entry-level positions for college graduates requiring zero experience.”
  • “Poor advertising of open jobs. The job descriptions are sometime so sweeping and complex that people feel scared that they won’t qualify anyway, so they’re too scared to even apply.”
  • “Competition between Hiring Managers. Applicants don’t show up for interviews because they have many offers on the table.”
  • “Lack of skills and length of employment from previous employers.”
  • “Companies’ vaccination policies.”
  • “Not giving the applicant the chance to prove ability to do the job.”
  • “Not being allowed to work remotely.”
  • “Fear of recession related layoff/termination.”
  • “Housing costs – applicants cannot accept positions if there is no affordable housing in the area.”


What are some other employment barriers you’re currently facing in today’s job market?

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