May 29. 2012 11:00AM - Last modified: May 29. 2012 11:28AM

ManpowerGroup survey documents talent shortage

ManpowerGroup today released the results of its seventh-annual Talent Shortage Survey, revealing 49 percent of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling mission-critical positions within their organizations.

Although slightly lower than the 52 percent of employers struggling in 2011, a significant percentage of total U.S. employers continue to face hiring challenges, despite continued high unemployment. U.S. employers are struggling to find available talent more than their global counterparts, where 34 percent of employers worldwide are having difficulty filling positions.
The survey also highlights the most common reasons employers say they are having trouble filling jobs, including lack of available applicants, applicants looking for more pay and lack of experience.
"Based on the many conversations we have with employers every day, ManpowerGroup recognizes the ongoing challenge business leaders face when looking for the right talent," said Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup president of the Americas. "This skills mismatch has major ramifications on employment and business success in the U.S and around the globe. Wise corporate leaders are doing something about it, and we increasingly see that they're developing workforce strategies and partnerships with local educational institutions to train their next generation of workers."
In the United States, the top 10 hardest jobs to fill include: (1) skilled trades; (2) engineers; (3) IT staff; (4) sales representatives; (5) accounting and finance staff; (6) drivers; (7) mechanics; (8) nurses; (9) machinists and machine operators; (10) teachers.
Today ManpowerGroup also released a Fresh Perspectives Paper, "Break the Crisis and Complacency Cycle: Get Ahead of the Global Talent Shortage." The paper details specialized solutions ManpowerGroup has identified for winning today's talent war, including: developing a workforce strategy, using strategic migration, developing flexible work models, hyperspecializing work among specialized workers, exploring untapped talent markets and expanding tapped markets.
ManpowerGroup's 2012 Talent Shortage Survey shows the world continues to struggle with the talent mismatch. At the same time, a substantial proportion of employers indicate unfilled positions are expected to have little or no impact on key constituents, such as customers and investors. This proportion has grown considerably worldwide from 36 percent in 2011 to 56 percent in 2012.
"We're seeing too many employers become complacent about the talent shortage and ultimately they will struggle to realize their business objectives. Our advice to employers of all sizes is to align their workforce strategy with their business strategy to anticipate talent needs for today and for tomorrow. If done successfully, a winning workforce strategy can separate thriving market leaders from surviving competitors," said Prising.
Full results of ManpowerGroup's seventh annual Talent Shortage Survey and the Fresh Perspectives Paper, "Break the Crisis and Complacency Cycle: Get Ahead of the Global Talent Shortage", can be found at