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69% of US employers are struggling to find skilled workers, finds ManpowerGroup

Talent shortages in the US have more than tripled in a decade with 69% of employers struggling to fill positions up from just 14% in 2010, according to a ManpowerGroup survey. When employers cannot find the talent they need, they need to act differently and consider what workers want, concludes the company. Closing the Skills Gap: What Workers Want asks 2,000 US employers and over 1,500 workers what attracts them to an organisation and what makes them stay.

As organisations across all sectors transform, the top ten hardest to fill roles in the US are changing fast with five new entries this year - IT, engineering, accounting and finance, construction and customer support professionals. Technology skills are now the second hardest to find, reflecting today's new reality that all companies are IT companies. To attract the best talent across all industries, flexibility over when and where work gets done, mental and physical wellbeing to balance work and life and challenging work to build skills are increasingly important to workers, while competitive pay and healthcare are non-negotiable.

"As U.S. employers face the highest skills shortages in over a decade, the relationship between employer and employee is shifting," said Becky Frankiewicz, president of ManpowerGroup North America. "Skilled workers are in control and companies need to understand people's priorities to compete. We know from our research and the hundreds of thousands of people we put to work each year that what workers want varies by age, gender and geography, yet the biggest determinant is where someone is in their career lifecycle. Now is the time for employers to differentiate themselves and think differently about what they offer, starting with the opportunity to blend work and home and creating clear career pathways to in-demand jobs."

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