American Bakers warn of labour shortages’ impact

The American Bakers Association (ABA) working in partnership with research firm ndp|analytics, recently unveiled findings on the projected workforce deficits in the commercial baking industry.

As demand for skilled workers grow, as does the need to address the workforce crisis. “The data speaks for itself and is a chasm that threatens the very foundation of our industry and requires immediate and collective action,” said Eric Dell, President and CEO of ABA.

Findings on the labour shortages in the baking industry show that it is poised to escalate. At its current rate, the industry is projected to have 53,000 unfilled jobs by 2030. Demand for skilled works in the commercial baking industry will be concentrated in the areas of production, engineering and equipment maintenance, shipping and distribution. By 2030, 85% of new jobs will fall into these categories.

The total impact reflects 148,000 forgone jobs, US$9.7bn foregone wages, $36.2bn foregone output and $3.3bn in foregone taxes.

“The American Bakers Association champions the pressing issues of the commercial baking industry in Washington. Our advocacy underscores the urgency to maintain an uninterrupted supply of quality baked goods, pave prosperous career paths, and ensure food equity and security across our nation. In collaboration with stakeholders, we are dedicated to safeguarding the future of our industry and the communities we serve by identifying solutions to this growing workforce crisis,” concluded Eric Dell.

ABA’s members will be addressing this workforce issue and potential solutions with policymakers on 14 November 2023, during the Bakers Fly-In and Policy Summit.

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