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Argentina – Skills shortages worsen

07 August 2013

A third of employers report difficulties filling job vacancies, an increase of +1% from a year ago, its highest level since the start of the global economic crisis, according the ManpowerGroup Argentina’s Talent Shortage survey. 

Alfredo Fagaldi, director of ManpowerGroup Argentina, said: “While employers increasingly recognise that talent shortages threaten their ability to complete, they are frustrated by the lack of a simple solution. They realise that expanding their workforces, increasing remuneration, or headhunting talent are unsustainable solutions. The results show that the number of employers worldwide who believe that the skills shortage will adversely affect they business increased to 54%, while in Argentina it is 49%.”

“But locally, the difficulty filling job positions rose from 41% to 45% in 2013,” he added.

Employers in Argentina stated that the most common reasons behind difficulties finding suitable employees are; lack of technical skills (42%), a lack of employability skills (32%), and a lack of industry-specific qualifications (19%).

The top three most difficult to fill positions remained the same; technically skilled workers, engineers, and skilled tradesmen. IT staff and production operators have become more difficult to recruit due to the increasing skills shortages.

“Mr Fagaldi added: “In this complex and dynamic world, the only certainty is uncertainty. Changing demographics, technological changes, an economic crisis prone world, and political and social changes have created a global environment in which talent shortages are the rule rather than the exception.”

According to the survey, the largest talent shortages are located in Japan (85%) followed by Brazil (68%). The skills shortage has worsened in Hong Kong (up +22% compared with last year), Turkey (+17%), Israel (+14%), Greece (+14%), India (+13%), and China (+12%). The lowest levels of skills shortages were reported in Ireland and Spain with 3% of employers surveyed reporting skills shortages.    

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