54 percent of employers say they’re unable to find qualified applicants for open positions.*
The ability to attract and develop world-class talent emerges as the most critical component of national competitiveness. As such, governments lower political barriers (taxes, social security and immigration requirements) to welcome a new class of global workers. Global demand for skilled workers, coupled with a choosier creative class, has led to new forms of global mobility, including short assignments (year-long posts for minimal disruption), reverse transfers (top performers from emerging markets move to developed markets for experience and skills) and virtual mobility (working in the cloud). Immigration policies begin to resemble corporate HR policies, as nations attempt to steer the flow of top talent to areas of critical need. Terms such as “global citizen” and “global community” assume larger places in personal identities, as waves of innovators travel to distant shores to solve problems.
*”Mind the Gap: Skills Gap Weighs on U.S. Jobs Growth,” US Chamber of Commerce, https://www.uschamber.com/blog/mind-gap-skills-gap-weighs-us-jobs-growth.