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.

What high-tech strategic planners really want to know about rivals

What are the main areas of competition that your company seeks to measure and monitor?

Technology innovation (119 responses)
Customer loyalty and composition (84)
Product composition (77)
Technology infrastructure (54)
Product capacity and strength (53)
Talent acquisition and management (52)
Time to market (49)
Survey base: 181 strategy executives at high-tech companies; multiple responses allowed
Source: “Competition at the Crossroads,” Deloitte Consulting LP and BPM Forum, June 2007

Intelligence Briefs

An eclectic collection of discoveries:

Non-profit organizations could be hard-hit by talent shortages exacerbated by the large cohort of baby boomers soon entering the retirement years. — The Conference Board

De Beers — which has dominated the wholesale diamond industry for decades and has three ultra-exclusive retail shops in New York City, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills — has started selling jewelry online, at its Web site — Internet Retailer

Myth-buster: Most call centers serving U.S. consumers are actually in the U.S. — not outsourced abroad. — Cornell University

CEOs often pursue acquistions — regardless of risk — because they know their salaries will increase substantially, leaving shareholders to take the financial hit. University of Washington / The Journal of Finance

Twenty ways to use LinkedIn productively. — Web Worker Daily