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Employers Struggling to Find Qualified Job Candidates

A survey, by Manpower Inc., revealed that 40% of employers worldwide are having difficulty filling positions due to lack of suitable talent available in their markets.

A survey, by Manpower Inc., revealed that 40% of employers worldwide are having difficulty filling positions due to lack of suitable talent available in their markets. In late January, Manpower surveyed nearly 33,000 employers across 23 countries and territories to determine how talent shortages are impacting the labor market. 

Employers having the most difficulty in finding the right people to fill jobs are in Mexico (78% reporting shortages), Canada (66%) and Japan (58%). India is having the least problem finding talent; only 13% of employers there report difficulty filling positions.

The top 10 jobs that employers are having difficulty filling are:
1. Sales representatives
2. Engineers
3. Technicians (primarily production/operations, engineering and maintenance)
4. Production operators
5. Skilled manual trades (primarily carpenters, welders and plumbers)
6. IT staff (primarily programmers/developers)
7. Administrative assistants/personal assistants
8. Drivers
9. Accountants
10. Management/Executives  

"The shortages are most acute across North America at this point, with employers in Europe and Asia feeling much less pressure to compete for employees, "according to Jeffrey A. Joerres, Chairman and CEO, Manpower, Inc. "Across North America and Asia, the top three talent shortages are identical - sales representatives, engineers and technicians. Employers are not just looking for bodies to fill sales jobs, they want experienced sales people who know their respective industries and can drive revenues."

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