2016 Talent Shortage Survey

2016 Talent Shortage Survey
In our 11th annual Talent Shortage Survey, we interviewed more than 42,000 employers in 43 countries and territories about the skills gaps they face. We wanted to discover how difficult it is for them to fill jobs, why certain jobs are so difficult to fill, which skills are the hardest to find, and what strategies they’re pursuing to overcome these difficulties.

How extensive is the global talent shortage?

Globally, 40% of employers say they’re having difficulty filling positions – a 2% increase since 2015. Compared to last year, talent shortages have worsened in six of the nine largest global economies.

With skill requirements rapidly changing, employers have realised that they need to do more to address the widening talent gap. As a result, many businesses are looking inside their own organisation for solutions. In fact, globally, more than half of employers are developing and training their own people, in order to overcome skill gaps. This is a significant jump from last year’s survey, when just 20% of global respondents prioritised training and development.

Talent gaps in the UK

The UK talent shortage is lower than the global average – but it’s growing. This year, 18% of UK employers told us that they’re having difficulty filling jobs. Not only is this 4% higher than 2015, but it’s also the highest talent shortage seen since 2007.

Download our infographics to see the full 2016 Talent Shortage Survey UK and global results.

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