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The
Talent
Shortage

Despite the impact of the pandemic on global unemployment we are already seeing signs of a much tighter labor market in many countries. Increasingly specific skills demands, childcare challenges, and rising competition as paused industries open up mean companies around the globe face more challenges than ever to attract and retain skilled workers.

Nearly 7 in 10 (69%) of companies have reported talent shortages and difficulty hiring – a 15-year high. In our 14th ManpowerGroup Talent Shortage survey we provide the real-time data and insight companies and people need to respond to today’s trends.

01

Driving Factors

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly shifted the employment landscape. Companies with the least flexibility as well as workplace-based positions are having the most difficulty filling jobs right now.

02

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.

03

Building Human Strengths

During these times of rapid transformation and uncertainty, the demand for soft skills is more important than ever. 

04

Coming Up Short

Large companies (250+ employees) are struggling the most to recruit and retain talent, compared to micro firms (fewer than 10 employees).

The Hiring Outlook

Today’s pressing talent shortages are fueled by the growing demand for labor as employers anticipate growing payrolls in 42 of the 43 countries and territories surveyed as part of the Q3 2021 ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

• Strongest hiring prospects are reported in the U.S. (+25%), Taiwan (+24%) and Australia (+17%), with the weakest in Argentina (+1%), Panama (+1%), South Africa (+1%) and Hong Kong(+0%).

• Most employers are working to build new kinds of flexibility into roles that were previously seen as inflexible; 36% of employers said they plan to incorporate flexible start and finish times, and 31% plan on offering a mix of remote working and workplace-based working.

• Industries that are unable to offer flexibility are struggling the most with talent shortages (74%), as are firms with a headcount above 250 (74%).

What
Workers
Want

Explore Workers' Needs

PERSONALIZATION & CAREER INSIGHTS
81% of those surveyed report higher job satisfaction.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & EXPOSURE
means a Culture of Learnability. 79% of employees who have access to free training like their jobs more than those who do not. 

FLEXIBILITY & CONTROL 
over one's schedule are critical for employees' well-being. In the UK, only 6% of the workforce has a 9-5 work schedule.

PURPOSE
matters and companies must be clear and authentic about their mission and values.

Explore Workers' 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

Infocorp carried out quantitative research with 19,046 employers across all industry sectors in 42 countries and territories: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK and USA.