Staff shortages still affecting nearly 70% of businesses worldwide
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Nearly 70% of employers worldwide are having a difficult time filling vacancies, according to employment-services provider ManpowerGroup Inc.
This marks a 15-year high for the second consecutive quarter, underscoring the notion that attracting workers still remains a major obstacle for businesses, according to ManpowerGroup's Employment Outlook Survey of nearly 45,000 employers.
The industries having the hardest time filling roles are manufacturing and finance. About 80% of organizations planning to hire in those sectors reported having a hard time finding skilled talent, according to the survey.
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To combat this struggle, about 67% of employers are offering up more flexibility with work schedules and are being more lenient on where the work gets done, according to the survey. About 41% are investing in training, skills development and mentoring.
However, 15 markets around the world, including the U.S., reported their highest hiring outlook since the survey began in 1962. The U.S., alongside Canada and India, is among the countries that have some of the strongest hiring prospects.