More than two-thirds of companies around the world report difficulty in hiring


A new survey of about 45,000 employers in dozens of countries reported that 69% of companies struggled to find workers, the highest in 15 years for the second straight quarter. It is a standard.

According to a survey conducted by employment service provider ManpowerGroup, more than two-thirds of employers in 43 countries say finding skilled talent remains a major challenge. To overcome hiring hurdles, 67% offer future employees more flexibility in both work schedules and where work takes place. At the same time, 41% invest in training, skills development, and mentoring to ease labor tightness.

Employers also reported stronger hiring intentions this year than last year, with 15 countries including Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom reporting the highest hiring prospects since the survey began.

“This recovery is different from what we’ve seen so far, as the hiring motivation regained much faster than after the previous recession,” Jonas Prising, chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup, said in a statement. I am.

“At the same time, some workers are hesitant to re-contract with their employers because of continued factors such as health concerns and childcare challenges,” added Pricing.

In the United States, job vacancies exceeded a record high of 10 million on the last day of July, hiring was delayed by more than 4 million, and companies struggling to fill vacancies appear to be curbing economic recovery. It is drawn. position.

The Ministry of Labor’s Jobs and Turnover Survey (JOLTS), released on September 8, showed that on the last day of July, the number of jobs increased by 749,000 to 10.9 million. The private sector accounted for 9.9 million jobs, the rest mainly from state and local governments, with only 116,000 contributions from the federal level.

US employers employ the same 6.7 million workers as last month, with employment unchanged for the past month. Employment declined in retail (-277,000), consumer durables manufacturing (-41,000) and education services (-23,000).

Currently, there are 2.5 million more jobs than the unemployed in the United States. The latest employment report from the Ministry of Labor showed that the total number of unemployed fell to 8.4 million in August.

“The biggest challenge is to match a significant number of jobs available to individuals in the workforce,” Bankrate senior economic analyst Mark Hamrick said in an email statement to The Epoch Times. Said. “It is not yet known if the 2021 termination law will reduce employment improvement a bit more here.”

According to a JOLTS report, turnover, including retirement, furlough and dismissal, was 5.8 million in July, almost unchanged for the month. Smoking cessation rates, which reflect workers’ confidence in finding better jobs, remained unchanged for a month at 2.7%, a historical increase.

While the continued resumption of the economy has led many companies to look for workers, analysts generally point out factors such as childcare issues, prolonged concerns about pandemics, and generous unemployment benefits, and employment efforts. Has been hampered by labor shortages. The federal pandemic unemployment program is now over in all states, and future JOLTS reports will undoubtedly scrutinize the employment surge.

Tom Ojimek

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