According to a survey by Manpower Group, 75% of the employers surveyed across the world admit that they are currently experiencing difficulties filling vacant positions.

At the same time, the percentage of organizations looking for specialized talent has increased in recent years, from 0.36% in 2014 to 0.77% in 2023.

Japan seems to be the country facing the biggest challenge in filling its vacancies with (85%), followed by Germany, Greece and Israel (both at 82%), Ireland, Portugal and India (at 81%) and the United Kingdom, France, Canada (80%).

Finland (59%) on the contrary is the country that is facing the least difficulties in finding the talent that the market needs.

In Latin America, the three countries that faced this problem the most were: Brazil: 80%, Puerto Rico: 78% and Argentina: 76%.

ManpowerGroup’s Employment Outlook Survey 2024, released by the group showed that, in 2024, the percentage of companies looking for skilled talent is expected to ease slightly globally at 0.75%, reaching the same level it reached in 2022, but above 0.69% in 2021.

The employers

Regarding the most difficult skills, employers worldwide stated as being the most rare are the following:

IT and data analysis


Sales and Marketing

Operations and logistics

Processing and production

77% of employers in the health care and life sciences sector admitted that they faced problems filling in their open vacancies, according to information from Bloomberg Línea.

Similarly, in both consumer goods and services, as well as in information technology and transportation, logistics and automotive sectors, 76% of the organizations reported difficulty in finding the talent they were looking for.

75% of Materials manufacturing companies admitted that they are in a similar position.

Other areas where difficulties were reported were: communication services (73%), finance and real estate (72%), energy and utilities (71%).