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'Employers struggling to fill jobs with right skilled staff'

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 15:33

New Delhi: Nearly six in ten Indian employers are experiencing difficulty in finding the right staff with the right skills and in sectors like accounting and finance, IT staff and engineers are the most difficult positions to fill, says a survey.

According to ManpowerGroup India's annual talent shortage survey, 61 percent of employers in India are struggling to fill jobs, way higher than the global average which stood at 35 percent.

Commenting on the findings ManpowerGroup India Group Managing Director A G Rao said, "business leaders have accepted that talent shortages are an ongoing, long-term challenge and are ready to address solutions, they just want guidance."

Rao further said that "after years of talking about talent shortages, the survey results show employers are now awakening to the business affects that occurs when talent is scarce."

Meanwhile, global results of ManpowerGroup's Talent Shortage Survey revealed that 35 percent of employers worldwide are reporting shortages, the highest level since prior to the global economic crisis.

A closer look at the global survey results reveals that the talent shortage is endemic across the world ? but most acute in Japan (85 percent of employers), Brazil (68 percent), India (61 percent), Turkey (58 percent) and Hong Kong (58 percent).

Meanwhile, employers in Ireland (three percent), Spain (three percent), South Africa (six percent), the Netherlands (nine percent) and Czech Republic (nine percent) are the least likely to face shortages.

Employers in India have the most difficulty filling jobs in accounting and finance, IT staff and engineers.

Commenting on the fact that accounting and IT staff are the most sought after, Rao said the recent global financial crisis has been a significant driver of growth in the accounting sector.

Further, with the Internet becoming a ubiquitous part of almost every individual, a lot of business activities has moved online making it a necessity to have skilled IT staff, Rao added.

The survey further noted that globally the roles most difficult to fill are skilled trades workers, engineers and sales representatives -- unchanged from last year.

Moreover, employers are reporting accounting and finance and management/executive positions are also increasingly hard to fill.


First Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 15:33
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