ManpowerGroup Annual Talent Shortage Survey Reveals U.S. Employers Making Strides to Build Sustainable Workforces, Report Less Difficulty Filling Open Positions

Posted by Graniterock on Mar 18, 2015

MILWAUKEE (May 28, 2013) - ManpowerGroup today released the results of its eighth annual Talent Shortage Survey, revealing 39 percent of U.S. employers are having difficulty finding staff with the right skills,down from 49 percent in 2012. U.S. employers report a slightly more pronounced talent shortage than their global peers, 35 percent of whom report difficulty finding the right people for key roles. According to the survey, nearly half (49 percent) of U.S. employers recognize that talent shortages impact their ability to serve clients and customers.

"Our survey results demonstrate that U.S. employers have awakened to the realities of the talent shortage and are implementing innovative strategies to work through the business challenges it brings," said Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup President. "However, year-after-year, we see little difference in the roles employers have trouble filling. As talent shortages in key areas persist, we need to focus on training programs that create opportunity for employers to fill their talent gaps, and for job seekers to obtain an in-demand skill and achieve employment security." 

U.S. employers report that skilled trades positions are the most difficult to fill, the fourth consecutive year this job has topped the list. The top 10 hardest jobs to fill are:

1. Skilled Trades

2. Sales Representatives

3. Drivers

4. IT Staff

5. Accounting & Finance Staff

6. Engineers

7. Technicians

8. Management/Executives

9. Mechanics

10. Teachers

 Among the more than 1,000 U.S. employers surveyed, respondents say they are having difficulty filling open positions because candidates lack technical competencies/hard skills (48 percent); candidates lack workplace competencies/soft skills (33 percent); and because of a lack of/no available candidates (32 percent). Survey participants acknowledge they are taking steps to overcome difficulties in filling critical positions by adopting new people practices, modifying work models and sourcing talent differently. Among the most popular approaches are expanding training and development for existing staff (23 percent); recruiting more from untapped talent pools (20 percent); and appointing people who lack the skills today, but have the potential to learn and grow into a job. 

 "The improvement in the U.S. talent shortage is encouraging because it tells us companies will not allow talent mismatches to hamper business growth," said Prising. "Rather, employers are becoming more willing to invest in existing talent to help them advance, and also broadening their approach to sourcing new talent, both of which are starting to ease the strain of the talent shortage."

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