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Employers struggle with highest skill shortage since 2007

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Employers across the globe are facing the most acute​ talent shortage since the recession, according to the latest Talent Shortage Survey, recently released​ by the ManpowerGroup. Of the more than 42,000 employers surveyed across the globe, 40% are experiencing difficulties filling roles; the highest level since 2007.

As skills needs change rapidly, employers are looking inside their organizations for solutions, with more than half choosing to develop and train their own people. This represents a significant jump from ManpowerGroup’s 2015 survey, when just 20% prioritized training and development to fill roles or find new skills. In the IT sector, businesses are reporting the most marked talent shortage in a number of years. IT roles jump from ninth to second place this year, the most marked demand for IT in a decade.

Of the 42,300 employers surveyed, the hardest jobs to fill remain Skilled Trade Workers for the fifth consecutive year. Sales Representatives, Engineers, Technicians and Drivers all slip one ranking, 3rd – 6th respectively, and Office Support Staff drops two places to 10th. Production and Machine Operators also become harder roles to fill as they move from 10th to 9th when compared with 2015.

In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, employers are facing talent shortages at the highest levels since 2006, with 36% of employers reporting difficulty filling vacancies, a rise from 32% in 2015. Employers in Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece face the most acute difficulties. Those reporting the least difficulty include Norway, the Netherlands, UK and Ireland. As in every year since 2007, employers in the EMEA region report Skilled Trades roles as the most difficult positions to fill followed by Drivers, Engineers and Sales Representatives.

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