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Skilled worker shortage a worldwide phenomenon

Published by Steve Coleman on April 24, 2012

Trying to find enough talented people to keep the production lines rolling isn't just a Canadian problem.

A new report prepared by the World Economic Forum in conjunction with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited says manufacturers worldwide are short 10-million skilled workers.

The problem is still wide-spread, despite the fact many developed countries are still suffering high unemployment rates. While developed countries are finding it difficult to fill manufacturing jobs and engineering positions, emerging economies are finding it difficult to progress without having the right kinds of skilled workers in place.

"In the race to future prosperity, nothing will matter more than talent," said Craig Giffi, Vice Chairman and Consumer & Industrial Products Industry Leader at Deloitte LLP in the United States, who helped author the report. "The skills gap that exists today will not likely close in the near future, which means companies and countries that can attract, develop and retain the highest skilled talent--from scientists, researchers and engineers to technicians and skilled production workers--will come out on top."

For a look at the news release, visit the following link.

To read the report directly, stop by the Deloitte web site.



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