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Shortage in Australia Over Time

Globally, we found that more employers than ever are struggling to fill open jobs. In Australia, the latest data reveals that the number of employers reporting a lack of skills as a major impediment to hiring has trended down over the last five years, and is now sitting well below the global average at 34%.

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Talent Shortage by Company Size

In Australia medium and large companies (50-249 and 250+ employees) have twice as much difficulty filling roles as micro firms (less than 10 employees).

Small organisations (10-49) are feeling the pinch too, with 32% struggling to attract the skills they need.

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Which Roles Are Most Difficult to Fill in Australia?

Skilled Trades followed by Sales Representatives and Engineers are the hardest roles to fill in Australia.

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Top Drivers of Talent Shortage

Lack of applicants, lack of required hard skills, and lack of experience are the top drivers of talent shortages in Australia. As companies go digital and roles transform, finding candidates with the right blend of technical skills and human strengths, such as communication, collaboration and problem solving, is more important than ever. 

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  •  Lack of applicants
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  •  Applicants lack required hard skills
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  •  Applicants expecting better benefits than offered
  •  An issue specific to my organization
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Leveraging the Talent Shortage Research

Winning in the digital age demands faster, more targeted approaches than ever before. To keep pace in today’s Skills Revolution an effective talent strategy should comprise a blend of four key elements: build, buy, borrow and bridge.

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INVEST IN LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT TO GROW YOUR TALENT PIPELINE

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GO TO MARKET TO ATTRACT TALENT THAT CANNOT BE BUILT IN-HOUSE

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CULTIVATE COMMUNITIES OF TALENT OUTSIDE THE ORGANISATION

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HELP PEOPLE MOVE ON AND MOVE UP TO NEW ROLES INSIDE OR OUTSIDE THE ORGANISATION

What Does Success Look Like?

Learn how ManpowerGroup has helped organisations from around the world address their toughest talent shortage challenges.

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North America: A Unique Combination Delivers a Successful Volume Recruiting Strategy

One of the world’s largest food and beverage companies was struggling to fill several thousand roles in a short period of time.

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New Zealand: End-to-End Support Enables IT Firm to Source Hard-to-Find Talent

A leading provider of IT products and services experienced challenges recruiting highly specialised talent.

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Let’s Discuss Your Talent
Shortage Challenges

An organisation’s unique challenges around talent shortage requires a personalised approach. As workforce experts, ManpowerGroup Australia finds work for millions of people every year across 80 countries, helping hundreds of thousands of companies attract, assess, develop, and retain skilled workers.

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