According to the 2008 Talent Shortage Survey conducted by Manpower, 22% of the 2,000 employers participating in the survey indicated they were having difficulty filling positions even in a slowing economy. On a brighter note, this is less than the 41 percentage of U.S. firms having difficulty filling positions in 2007. Nevertheless unfilled positions in key roles are de-railing the business plans of many organizations. For instance, energy industry can’t keep up with demand. Backlogs for drilling rigs are out 3 to 5 years because the companies can’t find enough qualified people. Machinery is breaking down for longer periods of time in manufacturing because employers can’t find enough maintenance technicians.
The hardest to fill positions are:
- Machinests/Machine Operators
- Skilled Manual Trades (welders, carpenters)
- Sales Reps
- Accounting and Finance Staff
- IT Staff
- Production Operators
The U.S. isn’t alone. Over 73% of employers reported having a difficult time finding the right people. In Japan 63% of employers can’t find skilled workers. In Hong Kong, it’s 61% and Australia, 52%.
On a worldwide basis, shortages of skilled manual labors dominate the list with nearly one-third of employers reporting hard-to-fill positions.
Source: Manpower "2008 Talent Shortage Survey"