Align Flexible Workforce Models with Business Strategy to Thrive in Economic
Uncertainty, ManpowerGroup Says, As Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.3%
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Reports 169,000 Jobs Added in August
MILWAUKEE, Sept. 6, 2013
MILWAUKEE, Sept. 6,2013 /PRNewswire/ --ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world
leader in innovative workforce solutions, says companies that align flexible
workforce models with business strategy are better positioned to manage
economic uncertainty and fluctuating demand, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics today reported the overall jobless rated ticked down to 7.3% in
"Companies are using contingent labor differently than they did prior to the
recession," said Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO. "They
are realizing the effectiveness of incorporating agile workforces as part of
their overall business strategy, and this gives them the flexibility to meet
fluctuating demand during uncertain times. No one knows where and when the
next economic shock will come from, and it's important to remain nimble to
meet new workforce and business challenges head on."
Released earlier this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos,
Switzerland,ManpowerGroup's "Leading in the Human Age: Why An Era of Certain
Uncertainty Requires New Approaches to the World of Work," outlines how
companies can reinvent themselves as flexible and adaptable Human Age
Corporations in response to chronic unpredictability.
In addition, ManpowerGroup's 2013 Talent Shortage study reveals that 39% of
U.S. employers are having difficulty finding staff with the right skills, down
from 49% in 2012. This year-over-year improvement indicates a willingness on
behalf of U.S. employers to look for new ways to find the talent they need,
either in existing employees to help them advance, or in sourcing new, skilled
talent from outside avenues, such as temporary staffing firms.
According to the survey, nearly half (49%) of U.S. employers recognize that
talent shortages impact their ability to serve clients and customers. In
addition, U.S. employers report skilled trades positions are the most
difficult to fill, the fourth consecutive year this job has topped the list of
the Top 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill. Engineering and IT positions continue to
place high on the list year after year.
"Right now, smart jobs seekers with the right skills recognize they are in the
driver's seat when it comes to deciding where to work. Acquiring the skills
that are most in demand with today's employers is a sure-fire way to secure
one's future employability," Joerres added.
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Specializing in solutions that help organizations achieve business agility and
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ManpowerGroup was named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the
third consecutive year in 2013, confirming our position as the most trusted
brand in the industry. See how ManpowerGroup makes powering the world of work
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