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The
Talent
Shortage

Attracting and retaining skilled workers has rarely been more challenging as 54% of companies globally report talent shortages – the highest in over a decade.

Now in its 13th year, ManpowerGroup’s Talent Shortage survey is the largest of its kind. This year new research reveals what attracts and retains workers and how that varies by age, gender and geography. Explore What Workers Want for a new approach to the skills shortage.

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Driving Factors

Emerging technology and changing skills have left employers with unfilled roles, threatening productivity, efficiency and future growth. Explore the global impact.

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Filling The Gap

Skills required for the most in-demand roles continue to evolve rapidly. See which positions are the hardest to fill globally and in your country.

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Coming Up Short

Companies of all sizes from major corporations (250+) to micro firms (less than 10 employees) are struggling to attract talent.

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Career Life Cycle

Employees' wants and needs depend on where they are in their career. Here’s a closer look at What Workers Want at different points in their career.

What
Workers
Want

Explore Their Needs

PAY
is the top attraction and retention factor for those under 65, but 89% of people in the U.S. value additional benefits as much as pay.

PERSONALIZATION & CAREER INSIGHTS
81% of those who have been assessed report higher job satisfaction.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & EXPOSURE
means a Culture of Learnability. 79% of employees who access free training like their jobs more. 

FLEXIBILITY 
and control over calendar are critical for employee well-being. In the UK, only 6% of the workforce has a 9-5 working day.

PURPOSE
matters and companies need to be clear and authentic about their mission.

Explore Their Needs

Accelerate Your Talent Strategy

Understanding What Workers Want and meeting those needs is the key to solving today’s talent shortage problem. To keep pace, an effective talent strategy should comprise four key elements: build, buy borrow, bridge.

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Build

Invest in learning and development to grow your talent pipeline

2_Buy-01
Buy

Go to the external market to attract talent that can’t be built in-house

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Borrow

Cultivate communities of talent outside the organization

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Bridge

Help people move on or move up to new roles within the organization

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SOLVE YOUR TALENT SHORTAGE CHALLENGES

As workforce experts, ManpowerGroup finds work for millions of people each year around the world. Find out how we can help your organization find and retain the best talent.

About This Survey

ManpowerGroup commissioned two-part research to understand attitudes towards work from individuals and talent shortage challenges across organizations.

Reputation Leaders conducted a quantitative global study of 14,091 workers balanced 50/50 across genders in 15 countries across all industry sectors. Respondents were aged 18-79 and included full-time workers (78%), part-time workers (13%) and gig workers (12%) from organizations of all sizes and at all levels of the company from entry level and individual contributors to senior management and C-suite. Fieldwork took place in December 2018 in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK and US.

Infocorp carried out quantitative research with 24,419 employers across six industry sectors in 44 countries and territories: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK and USA.