Emerging technologies like augmented reality (AR), AI, robotics, and 3-D printing, manufacturing are helping to fuel a jump in manufacturing jobs.
The industry has seen a steady rise in employment over the past 18 months, the biggest gain seen since the mid-90s. Since July 2017, employers have added 274,000 non-managerial jobs, according to Labor Department statistics. And in 2018, nearly 13 million Americans were reported to be working in manufacturing jobs; 1.3 million from California alone.
Manufacturing employee wages have been on the rise as well, with the current national average being $85,000. In California, that number is closer to $100,000. Manufacturing jobs cover a wide range of employment, from coders, programmers, technicians, and welders, to engineers, designers, marketers, and craftsmen.
New technologies may replace human labor to some extent, but that’s just one side of the coin. By automating repeatable processes, workers can actually perform more efficiently and safely, allowing companies to compete with a global market. Make no mistake, manufacturing needs people.
Meeting Employment Challenges With Updated Software
Today, American manufacturers have over 400,000 open jobs and a recent study from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute predicts that number will rise to 4.6 million by 2028. But keeping up will require a streamlined system of hiring.
From onboarding new employees to tracking hours and benefits, payroll and HR software have grown alongside emerging technologies. Here are a few of the features manufacturers can take advantage of:
- Mobile time clock. Individuals, groups, and crews can punch in and out through a mobile app, wherever they’re working from
- Employee self-service. From time off requests and pay stubs to W-2s, employees can keep track of daily and yearly activity through a single streamlined solution
- Cloud-based human capital management (HCM) software. Employers no longer have to worry about piles of HR, compliance, and payroll paperwork, because it’s all in one place
As the need for skilled manufacturing talent continues to grow, hassle-free, efficient HCM systems offer daily benefits for incoming workers that stand out from the crowd.
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At SBS Payroll, our clients have access to a wide array of HCM, payroll, and HR digital solutions. We make sure that our clients’ internal systems run smoothly so they can focus on running their businesses and attracting top talent. SBS also offers an even broader range of solutions through sister companies Payroll Tax Management, Cachet Financial Services, and Time Rack.