Talent shortage hurting employers: Survey

Originally from our sister publication, SmallBizAdvisor.

The shortage of talent is now hurting companies’ performance, according to a survey by Manpower.

According to the global poll, 35% of employers report difficulties in finding staff with the right skills—the highest shortage since the start of the recession.

The research shows that the roles most difficult to fill are skilled trades workers, engineers and sales representatives—unchanged from last year. Employers are reporting that accounting and finance and management/executive positions are also increasingly hard to fill.

Of those who say finding talent is difficult, more than half (54%) believe this will have a high or medium impact on their ability to meet client needs. This is an increase from 42% in 2012.

“Our survey reveals a collective awakening of employers to the impact of talent shortages to their business,” said Jeffrey Joerres, ManpowerGroup chairman and CEO. “Globally, employers are reporting the highest talent shortages in five years, and our results show that although many companies recognize the impact these shortages will have on their clients and bottom line, more than one in five are struggling to address the issue.”

Despite acknowledging the impact talent shortages have on their business, 22% of employers are not changing course to identify new ways to address these shortages.

Following are the jobs most in demand in Canada in 2013:

  • skilled trades workers;
  • engineers;
  • management/executive management;
  • sales reps;
  • technicians;
  • drivers;
  • accounting and finance staff;
  • IT staff;
  • teachers; and
  • labourers.

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