Forty percent of employers globally have experienced difficulties finding employees with the required skills, especially in the manufacturing sector.
The problem gets worse in Asia, particularly Japan and Taiwan. Eighty-six percent of Japanese firms had a problem finding qualified employees. More than 60 percent of companies in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Argentina and Greece also found it difficult to fill their specific job positions. The U.K. and U.S.A. average around 40 percent.
Talent shortages are highest in the following fields:
1. Skill trades (electricians, welders, plumbers, etc.)
2. I.T. staff (programmers, developers, etc.)
3. Sales representatives
7. Accounting and finance staff
9. Production/Machine operations
‘Nations all over the globe will experience profound changes in employment because of scientific and technological advances. The great majority of business around the world are underperforming precisely because their most significant asset—their employees’ knowledge and talent—are unwittingly being suppressed or underdeveloped,” says Edward Gordon, author of Winning the Global Talent Showdown.