BUCHAREST (Romania), October 20 (SeeNews) - With 72% of employers reporting difficulty finding the right people to fill jobs, Romania ranks third in the 2016/2017 edition of the global survey on labour shortage conducted by U.S. recruitment firm Manpower.
The percentage of Romanian employers who have trouble finding the right employees increased to 72% in 2016 from 61% in 2015, according to the survey released earlier this week.
Moreover, the talent shortage in the Romanian labour market is the highest one in the last eight years. The top positions identified as the most difficult to fill this year by employers polled in Romania are: skilled trades, laborers, engineers, production operators or machine operators, drivers, restaurants and hotel staff, IT personnel, sales representatives, accounting and finance staff, and sales managers.
Romania ranks third in the world talent shortage survey after Japan, with a deficit of 86%, and Taiwan, with a shortage of 73%, followed by Hong Kong (69%) and Turkey (66%).
Bulgaria ranks sixth with a 62% talent shortage, while Slovenia ranks 33rd with a 33% deficit, the survey showed.
In the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Romania ranks first in talent shortage. Overall, employers in the EMEA region are facing talent shortages at the highest levels since 2006 at 36%.
Romania, a country of almost 22 million people, joined the European Union in January 2007. Unemployment rate in the country edged down to 6.0% in August from 6.1% in July.
Manpower polled over 42,300 employers from 43 countries for the 2016/2017 talent shortage survey.
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