New Delhi: India Inc
is finding it hard to fill in key positions in research, sales and
IT due to lack of training and experience, an annual global talent
survey said Thursday.
"Sixty-seven percent of employers in India are experiencing
difficulty filling mission-critical positions within their
organizations like research and development (R&D), sales and
information technology (IT) staff," said the sixth annual talent
shortage survey by global human resource, consultancy and staffing
According to the report, the main reason for such supply shortage
is the lack of training and the required experience for the
positions which are in very high demand by the industry.
Citing the reports finding as alarming, Sanjay Pandit,
ManpowerGroup India managing director, said: "The fact that
companies are citing a lack of skills or experience as a reason
for talent shortages should be a wake-up call for organizations,
education, government and individuals."
According to Pandit, the supply-demand imbalance of the
specialised talent type can be addressed by increasing
participation and interaction between the industry and other
stakeholders including training and skills providers.
"It is imperative that these stakeholders work together to address
the supply-and-demand imbalance in the labour market in a
systematic, agile and sustainable way," Pandit added.
A fresh perspectives paper by the same HR consultancy firm also
recommends strategies to overcome shortages like updating work
models, collaborating with governments, education and individuals
for skill development and imparting of training.
The annual report adds that apart from the specialised job
profiles, scarcity was also evident in accounting and finance
staff, engineering segment, project management, public relations,
doctors and other non-nursing health professionals.
Last year, the report claimed that the industry faced lack of
talent in cleaners, domestic staff, insurance segment, including
qualified brokers, technicians, customer service representatives,
customer support and quality controllers.
Globally, the report said that employers in Japan, followed by
Brazil, Australia and Taiwan had the most difficulty in placing
employees for their region specific demand.
The survey was conducted by interviewing nearly 40,000 employers
across 39 countries and territories in the first quarter of 2011
to determine the extent to which talent shortages were impacting
global labour markets.