Approximately 62% of the interviewed employers in Romania and Taiwan said they had serious problems due to talent shortage, followed in ranking by Peru (56%), Japan (55%) and Australia (49%).

“The economic crisis conceals trends such as demographic changes and highlights the talent crisis which impacts the way employers and individuals across the globe envisage labour. Organizations are now looking for great skills to fill the vacant jobs, and hence a new talent crisis is born”, said Camelia Stanculescu, managing director of Manpower Romania, the local subsidiary of the world’s largest staff leasing company.

Compared to the results of 2008 survey, employers reporting that talent shortages are considerably less persuasive those in Hong Kong (down 24%), Norway (down 21 percentage points), the Czech Republic and Singapore (each down 20%).

European employers having the most difficulty finding the right talent to fill vacant jobs after Romania are in Poland, 48%. Talent shortage appears to be the least problematic in France (18%), United Kingdom (11%) and Spain (8%).

On the other hand, talent shortage seems to be a major issue in Peru (up 28 percent from 2008), Mexico (up 16%) and Costa Rica (up 14%).

The jobs that employers are having difficulty filling are in skilled trade (electricians, plumbers, carpenters). The demand for experienced sales representatives remains high.

“In insecure times, employers must find a perfect balance in the talent management process: they must predict short-term costs without compromising long-term attraction for those skilled personnel key-groups and to provide a real competitive edge in the future”, survey found.

39,000 employers across 33 countries and territories participated in the survey.