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More than 30 percent of employers across the globe are having trouble filling key positions within their organizations according to Manpower Inc.'s fifth annual Talent Shortage Survey. Positions within skilled trades, sales representatives, technicians, and engineers are the hardest to fill, according to 35,000 employers in 36 countries who were surveyed.

"As the global economy slowly recovers, employers will remain focused on maintaining financial flexibility and doing more with less," said Manpower Inc. Chairman and CEO Jeffrey A. Joerres. "Applying the same mindset to their work force, employers have gotten more specific about the combination of skill sets that they are looking for, not only seeking technical capabilities in a job match, but holding out for the person that possesses the additional qualities above and beyond that will help drive their organization forward."

In the Americas, 34 percent of employers had a tough time filling positions due to lack of suitable talent. For the third year, technician positions were the most difficult to fill.