Agricultural, industrial and outdoor power equipment dealers throughout North America are now hiring, according to the North American Equipment Dealers Association.

A recent survey of dealers conducted by NAEDA and its affiliated associations indicates strong employee demand at dealerships in both the United States and Canada. More than 36 percent of dealers, with sales from $3 million and up, report they are looking to increase staff while less than 6 percent in those same categories reported the possibility of reducing staff.

“The 2006 Compensation and Benefits Survey confirms what we’ve been hearing all along from our dealers,” said Paul Kindinger, NAEDA president and CEO. “There is strong demand for employees in all job categories, and the demand is especially high for skilled technicians who can master the latest computer-based communications, diagnostic and GPS technologies.”

In addition to technicians, dealers have expressed a need for office workers, accounting personnel, department managers, salespersons and general management. The level of compensation, i.e., total cash, and benefits, such as health care and retirement plans, generally increases with a dealership’s sales volume.

“We encourage young people to visit local dealerships and learn about jobs available,” Kindinger said. “In many cases, dealerships offer part-time and intern employment opportunities, as well as post-secondary school scholarships to youths showing interest in the equipment industry.”

The Compensation and Benefits Survey is conducted every two years. NAEDA-affiliated dealers typically use the proprietary information to remain competitive with other dealerships in their regions.

The North American Equipment Dealers Association is based in Fenton, Mo. It provides educational, finance, manufacturer and government relations services, and legal assistance to approximately 5,000 retail agricultural, industrial and outdoor power equipment dealers in the United States and Canada.