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IT talent gap grows with tech roles second hardest to fill globally, reveals ManpowerGroup

Employers are experiencing the most acute talent shortage since 2007, with IT staff ranking among the top in-demand roles globally, second only to skilled trades. This is according to the 2016 Talent Shortage Survey, released today by ManpowerGroup.

IT has jumped seven places in the global ranking since last year, the greatest change of any sector measured, pointing to strong demand for tech skills across the global economy. Demand is strongest in Asia Pacific, where IT roles now rank as the top most difficult to fill for the first time in a decade, but has grown steadily across all other regions as well.

ManpowerGroup states that the talent shortage is driven, in part, by changes to skills requirements with employers increasingly needing more specialised skillsets. Nearly one in five report that applicants do not have the relevant experience required, while another one in five employers list lack of technical skills as the root of the problem.

Sean Costello, senior vice president of Experis North America, the professional resourcing and solutions arm of ManpowerGroup, said, "These findings mirror what we are seeing in our own business: there is a growing market for IT skills across a wide range of industries.

"In the U.S., our own data shows the most sought-after IT workers are project managers, business analysts, and Java and .Net developers. It's clear that while technology is creating new opportunities and new ways of working, the workforce is still catching up with changing skills needs. In this environment, continued learning and skills development have never been more important."

Of the 42,300 employers surveyed, the hardest jobs to fill remain skilled trade workers for the fifth consecutive year. Sales representatives, engineers, technicians and drivers all slip one ranking, third to sixth respectively, and office support staff falls two places to the tenth position. Production and machine operations also become harder roles to fill as they move from tenth to ninth when compared with 2015.

Global top 10 roles employers are having difficulty filling

  1. Skilled trades
  2. IT Staff
  3. Sales representatives
  4. Engineers
  5. Technicians
  6. Drivers
  7. Accounting & finance staff
  8. Management / executive (management/corporate)
  9. Production operators/machine operators
  10. Secretaries, PAs, receptionists, administrative assistants & office support staff

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