On the whole world, skilled manual workers are among the most wanted professions. In 31 countries manual workers were in the top ten ranking of the most desirable occupations.
Shortage of specialists such as plumbers, masons, electricians and welders is a challenge for the world’s largest economies. In 15 countries, including the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany and France, skilled manual workers are on the first place among the most sought after professions.
A big problem associated with deficiency of workers exists in Asia. In the Asia Pacific region, talent shortages are the biggest since 2006. In the space of last six years, the increase was 17 percentage points high. The labor market in this region clearly becomes more competitive and its specificity is the growing difficulty in finding workers.
The government and trade unions should take effective measures to prevent further increase in the shortage of skilled workers. For all companies difficulties in recruiting manual workers could have a negative impact on future economic growth of all countries affected by this problem.
The provisional answer to the shortage of skilled workers is forcing us to create a strategy aimed at raising the prestige of physical labor in society.