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Europe – ManpowerGroup urges employers to tackle employability crisis

16 May 2013

ManpowerGroup on Wednesday led discussions of business leaders and academics in Linkoping, Sweden, on the challenges of the global talent race with the recruiter urging European employers to tackle the global employability crisis.

Jeff Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO, focused on a number of key topics, including the rise of global unemployment and youth unemployment. He also addressed the steps needed to attract and retain in-demand talent as more companies struggle to fill vacancies. He argued that employers needed to look past traditional labour pools, including looking abroad to find the right candidates.

“As labour markets around the world become increasingly volatile and unpredictable, organisations must prepare for one certainty — uncertainty,” said Mr Joerres. “Employers have two choices; either continue at a conservative rate and hope for the best, or become more agile, think laterally and drive innovation and, therefore, success through talent. In doing this, employers can turn ‘what if’ into ‘what will’ become of my business.”

As part of the discussion, Mr Joerres also shared insights detailing the collaborative steps that employers, governments and educational institutions should take to drive business success and alleviate unemployment.

The CEO of ManpowerGroup will today join the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, HR directors, politicians and CEOs for a discussion titled ‘The Talent War Effect for Stockholm.’  The event will address how talent  shortages impact country, city and company strategy. Mr Joerres will advise business leaders to consider flexible work models, implement contemporary and flexible people practices and develop a talent ecosystem with a short time to value in order to accelerate business and economic growth.


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