ManpowerGroup: Flex Work Models Poised to Thrive with Uncertain Economic Outlook

Milwaukee — Sept. 6

Talent management firm ManpowerGroup says companies that align flexible workforce models with business strategy are better positioned to manage economic uncertainty and fluctuating demand, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday the jobless rated ticked down to 7.3 percent in August.

In addition, a ManpowerGroup study revealed that 39 percent of U.S. employers are having difficulty finding staff with the right skills, down from 49 percent in 2012. This year-over-year improvement indicates a willingness on behalf of U.S. employers to look for new ways to find the talent they need — either in existing employees to help them advance, or in sourcing new, skilled talent from outside avenues, such as temporary staffing firms.

According to the survey, nearly half of U.S. employers recognize that talent shortages affect their ability to serve clients and customers. Moreover, U.S. employers report skilled trades positions are the most difficult to fill — the fourth consecutive year this job has topped the list of the “Top 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill.” Engineering and IT positions continue to place high on the list year after year.

Source: ManpowerGroup