Over Two-Thirds of Businesses Worldwide Report Hiring Difficulties

A new survey of nearly 45,000 employers in dozens of countries showed that 69 percent of businesses reported having a hard time finding workers, a 15-year high for the second consecutive quarter. The survey, carried out by employment services provider ManpowerGroup, found that over two-thirds of employers in 43 countries said finding skilled talent remains a top challenge. In order to overcome the hiring hurdle, 67 percent are offering prospective employees more flexibility around both work schedules and where the work gets done. At the same time, 41 percent are investing in training, skills development, and mentoring, in order to help ease the labor crunch. Employers also reported stronger hiring intentions this year than last, with 15 countries—including Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom—reporting their highest hiring outlook since the survey began. “This recovery is unlike any we have seen before with hiring intent picking up much faster than …

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