Semiconductor firms report shortage of workers, prolonging chip woes to 2022

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If a new industry survey is any indication, the ongoing semiconductor shortage shows no sign of easing, with most companies planning to expand the silicon glut in the second half of 2022.

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The report, prepared by IPC International, showed that only 10% of the companies surveyed reported that their list of suppliers was growing and that four out of five companies surveyed were unable to find the skilled labor needed to improve production. Difficulty was occurring, and fully half of the respondents reported “extreme difficulty”.

“The outlook is expected to see a slight change in the next 6 months,” the report said. “About 65% of firms expect labor costs to increase and only 23 percent expect ease of recruitment and improved skilled talent.”

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Global chip shortages, fueled by increased demand for all kinds of new electronic components in 2020 and supply disruptions to chain and production facilities as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, have affected everything from automobile manufacturing to the latest. Graphics card and processor.

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To make matters worse, as Ars Technica points out, 90% of respondents have seen their material costs rise in recent months, cutting into the bottom lines of a lot of heavy hitters in a variety of industries, including nearly $210 billion. Estimated revenue loss is included. For the auto industry in 2021.

Couple that with the difficulties in finding skilled labor, which is going to raise workers’ wages (perhaps the only silver lining in all of this) which will translate into somewhat higher component and material prices.

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Chip crunch is here to stay

No one wants to say what’s becoming increasingly obvious, perhaps for fear of speaking its name and calling it physical, but to be honest, the lack of a chip isn’t really a shortcoming anymore. This could prove to be a systemic deficit.

The supply of semiconductors is only going to increase as new manufacturing capacity comes online over the next few years (Intel, TSMC, and Samsung are all working on building new fab plants) but how much of that new capacity is just to be met. Production Present Demand?

And let’s assume that chip firms are able to manufacture all the manufacturing capacity needed to meet market demands. Who will operate the plants? What if half of chip firms are reporting that they are having “extreme difficulty” finding the kind of skilled labor that fills those roles?

Less than half of respondents to the report say they are retraining their workforce to fill these gaps and raising wages to try to attract nearly as many more skilled workers. that’s all you have to fill Present There is a demand for all the equipment we have right now.

Are we suddenly going to stop manufacturing all kinds of new IoT devices and new mobile devices because there just aren’t enough chips to go on? No, we’re going to see these new devices grow even more, which is only going to drive demand for semiconductors above the unprecedented level that chip makers are demanding right now as chip makers struggle mightily to meet it. has done.

It may be time to start looking at the “beyond” part of the “2022 and beyond” responses to the IPC report and try to figure out how we are going to deal with the growing shortage of this critical technology.

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