U.S. Employers' Talent Search Eases in 2007

March 29, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Forty-one percent of U.S. employers are having trouble finding talented workers to fill positions, down from the 44% who said they had trouble in 2006, according to a survey by Manpower, Inc. Worldwide.

According to the annual survey , 2,407 employers in the U.S. said they are having the most trouble finding workers in the following sectors:

  • Sales representatives,
  • Teachers,
  • Mechanics,
  • Technicians,
  • Management,
  • Truck drivers – freight,
  • Drivers – delivery,
  • Accountants,
  • Laborers; and
  • Machine Operators.

“Demographic shifts and economic factors are causing more shortages in the workforce which could ultimately threaten the engines of world economic growth and prosperity. Governments and employers need to counter the effects of these shortages by improving training, adopting strategic migration policies, encouraging economically inactive people to enter the workforce and inducing older people to stay working longer,” concluded Jeffrey A. Joerres, Chairman & CEO of Manpower Inc.

A Manpower research paper on the implications of the talent shortage for employers worldwide is here .