Global Shortage of Skilled Workers

The Global Skills Shortage Survey 2011 by Manpower reveals that employers are finding it increasingly difficulty to fill jobs with qualified personnel.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

One in three employers (34%) worldwide said they are having difficulty filling positions due to lack of available talent, an increase of three percentage points compared to 2010.

The global economic downturn may have masked the talent shortage for several years, but the global recovery, despite its slowness, has made the tension created by lack of talented workers more evident, now that organizations who have reduced staff levels are finding that they need more of the right kind of people to make progress and support the company strategy.

In the American continent the countries surveyed included Brazil, where 57% of employers indicated difficulty filling job vacancies, the United States, where the percentage reached 52%, Argentina 51%, Panama 36%, Costa Rica 30% Guatemala 27%, and Peru 10%.

Globally, Japan (80%) and India (67%) came ahead of Brazil in the list.

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“In 2006, Finnish students scored the highest average in science and reading among developed countries”.

Finland must be visited by anyone in the education industry, to understand why this country is so successful in all educational levels.

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Transnational corporations pay average salaries of nearly $2000, while the average salary for Panamanians is $541.

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