The Talent Shortage - Women standing with crossed arms in a manufacturing setting


In the biggest workforce shift and reallocation of skills since World War II began, those skills most in demand during the early phase of the crisis are different than the most in-demand roles we are seeing today and in the future. While 75% of companies in Canada are reporting difficulty finding the talent they need, employer hiring expectations are fueling the strongest hiring pace in 21 years with the potential to exacerbate talent shortages across Canada even more.

The all-new ManpowerGroup Talent Shortage Survey not only reveals the hardest-to-find skills in the country, but also explores the most in demand soft skills employers look for, as well as the steps companies can take in order to make the next normal better for all.


Filling The Gap

Skills required for the most in-demand roles continue to evolve rapidly. See which positions are the hardest to fill globally and in Canada.


Seeking Soft Skills

Following the pandemic, skills like resilience and collaboration are more important than ever.


Build Back Better

There are five ways employers can make the new normal better for all and it involves reshaping a future closer to what we know workers want - more flexibility, more virtual, more trust, and more balance.


As workforce experts, ManpowerGroup finds work for millions of people each year around the world. Find out how we can help your organization find and retain the best talent.

About This Survey

The Employment Outlook Survey – conducted April 2021 – is the most comprehensive, forward-looking employment survey of its kind, used globally as a key economic indicator. The Net Employment Outlook is derived by taking the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in hiring activity and subtracting from this the percentage of employers expecting a decrease in hiring activity.


Talent Shortage – undertaken in January 2021 – is a survey of 42,000 global employers. It identifies the proportion of employers who report difficulty filling positions in their organization. It reports on which jobs employers say are most difficult to fill, and identified candidate shortcomings that are preventing employers from filling positions.