ManpowerGroup Says 59% of Greek Employers Can’t Find Qualified Candidates to Hire



Greece's workforce had been bloated by political hires for decades

Six out of 10 employers in Greece are finding it difficult to fill their vacant job positions, ManpowerGroup said in its annual international talent shortage report for 2016 released on Thursday.

For 2016, ManpowerGroup said that 59 percent of employers had difficulty in covering vacant job positions and the percentage was unchanged for the second successive year. Also, the data revealed that Greece stands at 10 percentage points higher than a global average rate of 49 percent in finding qualified candidates to hire for vacant positions.

The reasons why the talent pool falls short, ManpowerGroup states, is lack of technical skills from 29 percent of candidates, necessary experience from 27 percent, personal skills from 12 percent, seeking higher-paid jobs from 11 percent and lack of available candidates accounts for 11 percent of the shortage.

On a global level, 40 percent of employers had difficulty in finding workers with necessary skills, up 2.0 percentage points from 2015 and the highest recorded since 2007, evidence that a lack of talent is not abating.

Seventy percent of Greek employers believed that the most important strategy to battle talent shortage was to offer training and development programs to existing personnel, 47 percent of employers said their strategy was to search for talent beyond “traditional tanks” and 42 percent said their strategy was adopting alternative hiring strategies.

Source: ANA-MPA


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