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The
Talent
Shortage

As labor markets strive to rebound from the impacts of the pandemic, a talent shortage of historical scale has catalyzed.

3 of every 4 (75%) companies have reported talent shortages and difficulty hiring – a 16-year high. In our 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

This recovery is unlike any we have ever seen – demand for skills is at record highs in many markets and unemployment levels remain high while workforce participation stagnates.

Uneven economic growth continues with some markets recovering while others lag, hampered by Covid variants, lockdowns and supply chain challenges.

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).

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

Reputation Leaders carried out quantitative research with more than 40,000 employers across all industry sectors in 40 countries and territories: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Finland France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK and USA.