One third (32%) of Canadian employers surveyed say they are encountering difficulties in hiring the workers they need due to labour shortages. according to the latest findings released by ManpowerGroup Inc. in their annual Talent Shortage report.

For this global study, Manpower surveyed 41,700 hiring managers across 42 countries in the first three months of 2015. The results indicate that the proportion of managers unable to find the talent they needed is at its highest rate since 2007, before the recession.

In Canada however, the percent reporting talent shortages is down slightly from the 2014 findings that 36% of Canadian employers were struggling to find the talent they needed to hire.

Workopolis recently surveyed over 250 decision-makers from companies across the country to learn their hiring intentions for 2015. One-third (32%) of Canadian employers told us that they plan to increase the size of their organization’s workforce in 2015.

Two-thirds (68%) told us they are finding it difficult or very difficult to find people with the right skillset that they need to hire.

A majority of employers surveyed both by the Manpower Group and Workopolis say that talent shortages are having a medium or high impact on their ability to deliver client needs.

The top ten jobs that employers are having difficulty filling for 2015

Why employers say they are having trouble filling jobs

One of the main reasons that employers report having difficulties filling jobs in 2015 remains a lack of available applicants. The number of employers citing this as their main challenge has climbed nearly 10% over last year to 34%.

The percentage of employers experiencing a lack of hard technical skills in applicants has actually declined to 24% in 2015, down from 34% last year. Some of the other key reasons employers say they can’t find the people they need to hire are that candidates were unwilling to work for the salary offered for the role (12%), and applicants lack the necessary interpersonal or ‘soft skills’ to do the job.

“Talent shortages are real and are not going away,” said Kip Wright, senior vice president, Manpower North America. “As the struggle to find the right talent continues, and candidates with in-demand skills get the upper hand, employers will be under pressure to position themselves as ‘talent destinations’ to attract the best workers that will drive their business forward.”

See also:

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