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More Employers Find It Hard to Fill Key Jobs

PHILADELPHIA– April 10, 2012 – Despite continued high unemployment nine out of 10 U.S. employers find it difficult to fill key positions, according to a survey by Right Management, the talent and career management experts within ManpowerGroup.

Twenty-seven percent of respondents reported difficulty filling certain jobs, and 61% indicated they have such difficulty on occasion.

Right Management surveyed senior executives at more than 600 firms across the U.S. representing government, non-profit, public and private organizations.

With respect to the availability of top talent, what is the experience of your organization?



Year ago

We often find it hard to fill key positions.



We occasionally find it hard to fill key positions.



We seldom if ever find it hard to fill key positions.



“We found an uptick in employers who report difficulty filling key positions,” said Bram Lowsky, Group Executive Vice President Americas of Right Management. “This year it’s 27%, up from 23% last year. And there’s a corresponding drop among those who say they seldom face such a problem. Perhaps this is a sign of a strengthening job market.”

According to Lowsky, HR professionals know that it is usually a challenge to find and recruit people whether in a weak or strong job market. “And it varies by level, industry, requisite skills and so on. Also, the findings suggest some shortfall among internal candidates who might be qualified.”

How are you able to fill critical roles in your organization?



Year ago

We have an ample leadership pipeline that will cover most of our needs.



We rely on a combination of internal talent development and select external hiring.



We routinely look externally before filling critical roles in our organization.



“Employers tend to have doubts about their management succession pipeline,” Lowsky believes. “They surely know their workforce is lean and internal development resources have generally been limited for some time. But now organizations fear they will be caught short in terms of leadership. They’re also deeply concerned they’ll lose top performers to other companies.”

Right Management conducted the online survey between November and December 2011. Participating were 631 senior executives and HR professionals.

About Right Management

Right Management is a global leader in talent and career management workforce solutions within ManpowerGroup. The firm designs and delivers solutions to align talent strategy with business strategy. Expertise spans Talent Assessment, Leader Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Employee Engagement, and Workforce Transition and Outplacement. With offices in over 50 countries, Right Management partners with companies of all sizes – including more than 80% of the Fortune 500 – to help grow and engage their talent, increase productivity and optimize business performance.

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