skills gap

Skills gap could have alarming consequences

Shortage of talented workers will lead to negative impact on national economies, according to new report

The talent shortage crisis could undermine market dominance within sectors:

  • Labor shortages in financial and business services are the most severe with a potential deficit of 10.7 million workers globally by 2030, which could cause the sector to lose out on annual revenues of US$1.3 trillion.
  • Technological advancement across all sectors of the economy could be hindered by an acute global labor shortage of 4.3 million technology, media and telecommunications workers by 2030.
  • Manufacturing is facing a talent deficit crisis of 7.9 million workers globally by 2030, despite being the only sector with a surplus of highly skilled workers in 2020.

The report also points to a “sizable mismatch” between available skilled workers and business demand in a number of countries, including the U.S. Korn Ferry CEO Alan Guarino urged companies to address the looming talent gap now in order to stabilize their futures.

Many businesses have established partnerships with colleges and universities to address these issues through efforts such as local internships, counseling with career coaches to identify successful post-graduation paths, and more.

By focusing on the return on education students get for their financial investment in higher education, institutions hope to improve recruitment and produce successful graduates who contribute to the workforce.

Some schools, including Clark University (Mass.) and James Madison University (Va.), are integrating academic advising and career counseling and extending career preparation across students’ college experiences. These new hybrid advising roles fill a gap between students’ courses and desired career outcomes.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione