Skilled shortages persists in many countries around the globe with 31% of employers worldwide having difficulty filling key positions, according to new research.
The top hardest jobs to fill are skilled trades, sales representatives, technicians and engineers, according to a survey of 35,000 employers in 36 countries by Manpower.
Its fifth annual Talent Shortage Survey shows that they are the same top jobs that employers have reported struggling to fill for the past four years, demonstrating that there is an ongoing global mismatch in these key areas.
‘As the global economy slowly recovers, employers will remain focused on maintaining financial flexibility and doing more with less,’ said Jeffrey Joerres, chairman and chief executive of Manpower Inc.
‘Applying the same mindset to their workforce, employers have gotten more specific about the combination of skill sets that they are looking for, not only seeking technical capabilities in a job match, but holding out for the person that possesses the additional qualities above and beyond that will help drive their organization forward,’ he added.
Joerres believes that job seekers need to take more responsibility for their skills development in order to find ways to remain relevant to the market wherever they are in the world.
After the top four most wanted skills, employers worldwide in 2010 are also looking for accounting and finance staff, production operators, admin assistants, managers and executives, drivers and labourers, the survey shows.
The report suggests that employers should broaden their search for suitable talent by considering industry migrants, location migrants, role changers and workforce entrants and must identify those workers who are best positioned to benefit from training and development in order to successfully tap into these talent pools and fill gaps in their capabilities.
‘Employers, need to recalibrate their mindsets to consider candidates who may not have all the specific skills a job requires and identify people that are teachable. Candidates may not present the perfect fit right now, but they may possess the flexibility, intellectual curiosity and personality to be able to fill the gaps in their capabilities,’ said Joerres.
Some 76% of employers have difficulty finding the right people in Japan, followed by 64% in Brazil, 53% in Argentine, 53% in Singapore, 51% in Poland, 45% in Australia and 44% in Hong Kong.
In the Americas, the survey shows that 34% of employers are having difficulty filling positions due to the lack of suitable talent available in their markets, down 2% on 2009.
Vacancies for technicians are the most difficult to fill in the region followed by PAs and administrative assistants, labourers and sales reps. alent shortages in Asia Pacific are 10% higher than the global average, with 41% of employers having difficulties. The main shortage is for sales reps.
In Europe, Middle East and Africa some 23% of employers are having difficulty filling positions with skilled trades the most difficult position to fill for the fourth year in succession, followed by sales reps and technicians.