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ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Q4 2021

September 14, 2021

The Strongest Global Hiring Outlooks Reported Since Beginning of the Pandemic – Talent Shortages Remain at 15-Year High

As the world begins to bounce back and reopen, hiring plans globally are recovering for Q4. 45,000 employers in 43 countries were asked about their hiring plans for Q4.

Employers in 15 countries report their highest hiring outlook since the survey began, focused in Europe and North America. Meanwhile, the global talent shortage shows no sign of slowing, with 69% of employers reporting difficulty filling roles – a 15-year high for the second consecutive quarter. To overcome this shortage, employers must provide incentives such as skills development, increased wages and greater flexibility.

HR leaders are prioritizing leadership development and technical skills training, however employers face barriers to upskill workers at scale. Money, time and access to the right partners present the greatest challenges globally.

The attitude toward workforce flexibility is generally positive, with nearly half of employers reporting their managers are feeling resilient, unconcerned or energized by remote working.

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