Latest Research Surprises With a New, Top-Ranked Hiring Challenge In 2019

February 5, 2019 by Verified First

The latest numbers are trickling in. So far over 300, U.S.-based HR professionals have responded to the 2019 Talent Acquisition Report conducted by Aptitude Research. The research asks HR the question, “What are the top hiring challenges in 2019?”—place your bets! Do you think it’s quality of hire? Time to fill? Candidate experience? Good guesses as they’ve all been hot topics in the talent acquisition space. Chips down, here comes the surprising answer…

Founder and principal analyst, Madeline Laurano led the charge on this research, and excitedly unveiled the history-making finding in our webinar, which is that we’re in an era where HR is competing for talent across industries. HR is living this truth, as 67% of talent acquisition professionals responded that competing for talent across industries is their #1 hiring challenge in 2019.

Who’s feeling the most pain, and why?

  1. Financial and Business Services. This sector requires workers with lots of knowledge, and are finding there’s not enough of them with the needed comprehension out there. According to talent research by Korn Ferry, this sector is going to be the hardest hit, expected to experience a global worker shortage of nearly 3 million in 2020, and nearly 11 million by 2030—with the biggest impact felt in the U.S. The struggle is real as banks compete with those outside banking to fill digital and fintech roles to run banking-specific technology, according to CNBC.
  2. Tech, Media, and Telecommunications, collectively known as the TMT sector. The labor-skills shortage is expected to reach 1.1 million by 2020, and nearly 4.3 million workers by 2030, globally, with again it hitting the U.S. hardest—not surprising as the United States is currently the world’s tech leader, confirms Korn Ferry. It’s a dilemma as industries including financial and business services compete with the tech sector for candidates with knowledge of disruptive technologies, while at the same time the tech sector is fighting to hire and retain those with the same or similar skills. It’s even more catastrophic when world leaders are asking whether talent shortages could slow down the digital revolution.
  3. Manufacturing. Due in large part to the aging population in the U.S., manufacturing is expected to have a shortage of over 2 million global workers by 2020, and come 2030, nearly 8 million, and this time China is expected to take the biggest plunge. The question on people’s minds is, could talent shortages in manufacturing limit the growth of emerging markets? Korn Ferry’s Yannick Beinvel, the study’s contributor and President – Global Industrial Market gives hope, saying that “Automation may promise great gains for manufacturing; indeed, technology may replace some of the labor…”

To find out what else HR ranked as their top hiring challenges in 2019 and how to address them, check out our on-demand webinar as Madeline Laurano of Aptitude Research shares even more insights.

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