Top 10 job shortages, 2007

The top 10 jobs that employers have difficulty filling
(global, 2007):

  1. Sales representatives
  2. Skilled manual trades (e.g., electricians, carpenters, cabinet makers, masons/bricklayers, plumbers, welders)
  3. Technicians (production/operations, engineering, maintenance)
  4. Engineers
  5. Accounting/finance staff
  6. Laborers
  7. Production operators
  8. Drivers
  9. Management/executives
  10. Machinists/machine operators

Source: Survey of 36,629 employers in 27 countries, by Manpower Inc., March 2007
Note: This is a global, aggregated list. There are significant regional and country-specific differences. For example, in the U.S., teachers are the second hardest job to fill. The full 2007 Manpower Annual Talent Shortage Survey is available here.

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