Talent Shortages by Country: By The Numbers

Employment firm Manpower Inc. surveyed nearly 39,000 employers in 33 countries and territories in the first three months of 2009 to find out the extent of skilled-workforce shortages.

19 Percentage of employers in the United States reporting difficulty filling positions in 2009

22 Percentage of employers in the United States reporting difficulty filling positions in 2008

30 Percentage of employers worldwide reporting difficulty filling positions

70 Percentage of employers worldwide reporting no problems filling skilled job openings

10 Ranking for machinists and machine operators as a top-10 most-difficult position to fill in the United States

4 Ranking for engineers as a top-10 most-difficult position to fill worldwide

1 Ranking for engineers as a top-10 most-difficult position to fill in the U.S.

Source: Manpower, Inc.

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