US hiring remains strong despite talent shortages
According to the Q2 ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, the global demand for talent remains strong despite cooling in some regions. The survey, which polled over 38,000 employers in 41 countries and territories, found that the Net Employment Outlook stands at +30% in the U.S., up 1% from last quarter but down 5% from last year. North America has the highest hiring expectations among all world regions, with the IT industry showing the most optimistic outlook (+34%), followed by Communication Services (+30%) and Financials & Real Estate (+29%).
The survey also found that the global talent shortage continues to grow, with 78% of employers in IT reporting challenges hiring. However, the survey suggests that workers who have been laid off in recent reductions will soon be reabsorbed into the market.
Despite the robust hiring outlook, employers remain cautious due to “Pandemic Paranoia,” with many holding onto and hiring business-critical talent. The concentration of demand in real-time data is reflected in the survey, with IT leading the way in hiring plans despite layoffs dominating the headlines. Workers with in-demand tech and soft skills will find themselves in high demand, and the need to reskill for tomorrow’s jobs remains urgent as talent shortages grow.
In North America, employers in the U.S. (+30%) report a moderate increase (+1) in their outlooks compared to last quarter. However, employers in Canada (-6%) report a decrease, while outlooks in Puerto Rico remain unchanged (+26%). Both the U.S. and Canada expect weaker hiring compared to intentions year-over-year, with the U.S. down 5% and Canada down 10%.
Becky Frankiewicz, ManpowerGroup, North America, President and Chief Commercial Officer commented: “This labor market continues to defy signs of economic gravity with another robust hiring Outlook for the quarter ahead. Employers are still impacted by Pandemic Paranoia – they remember how long it took to bring workers back and are holding onto and hiring business critical talent. We’re still seeing concentration of demand in our real-time data, and this survey reflects concentration too, with IT leading the way in hiring plans despite layoffs dominating the headlines. Workers with in-demand tech and soft skills will find themselves in high demand and the need to re-skill today for tomorrow’s jobs remains urgent as talent shortages grow.”