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The Real Global Gig Economy and Informal Workforce Trends

2017 Total Workforce Index™ Introduction The Gig Economy as it’s currently defined by most is composed of both informal and non-informal contingent workers. ManpowerGroup Solutions recognized that there are two unique subsets under the umbrella of contingent work, those with and those without formal contracts for employment. The true ‘Gig Worker’ is a contingent worker with no formal contract who earns...

Protecting your Organization in a Talent-Scarce Market

  Information Security Our international study of executives with hiring responsibility for IT employees across ten countries, confirms that UK businesses are among those at the leading edge of the wider trend, tapping into this attractive pool of talent. “As the gap between employer demand and available talent continues to widen, we are seeing more UK organisations using contractors as a...

Applications for Special Tech Visas on the Rise in the UK

Last November regulators in the United Kingdom relaxed the rules to allow talented IT workers from companies to apply for visas as a group. Many individuals who are non-EU immigrant technology workers with ‘exceptional IT talent’ have applied for these new special visas as a result of the decision. According to the agency that processes these applications, Tech City...

Vietnam: New Investments in IT Training and Infrastructure Make Vietnam a Growing APAC Tech Hub

Vietnam is now consistently ranking at the top of the Asian market for business expansion, coming in behind Singapore as the 2nd most favorable market to invest in based on economics, regulation, and talent. The country’s young and active workforce only increases the appeal of this emerging market. In conjunction with an energetic workforce, Vietnam also ranked 7th out...

Information Technology Skills to Close the IT Skills Gap

The Information Technology Skills Gap is Growing 'Skills Gap,' you’ve undoubtedly heard this buzzword used quite a bit recently, whether it was on the news or in a meeting at work. The problem creating this gap, especially in the information technology sector, is that while there are plenty of job openings, there are too few individuals with the skills to...

Near-shoring Trend and Improvements in Technology Steer New Manufacturing Production Plants towards the Americas

Both Mexico and the manufacturing industry are undergoing a technological transformation. The internet and linking of machines, sensors and computers to human operators and production managers is advancing and creating better efficiency for advanced levels of monitoring, collecting, processing and analysis of data. Multipurpose robots are being implemented in more countries outside of China since the number of multipurpose...

Mexico: Near-shoring Trends and Improvements in Technology Grow Manufacturing Workforce

Manufacturing processes in Mexico have recently garnered increased interest from companies outside of Mexico. The local market has evolved into a viable option for manufacturing outside of the United States, especially given proximity to the U.S. market, which keeps shipping costs down. Cost efficient logistics in conjunction with decreasing production cost savings in other markets (such as China) create...

United Kingdom: Financial and Business Services Hiring Surges; Driven by Thriving Cyber Security Sector

This year began with UK employers more optimistic than the previous year, per the survey results from the first quarter 2016 Manpower Employment Outlook Survey (MEOS). The national seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook jumped two percentage points to +7%. Due in part to companies plans to increase hiring in the fourth quarter of 2015 carrying these plans over into...

United States: Skills Gap Strongly Impacting Cybersecurity Across All Sectors

The future demands for cyber security professionals will only increase over the coming years. The United States is not only experiencing a skills shortage in the field of cyber security but a skills gap that continues to widen each year. In a recent survey of IT managers and personnel in the field of cyber security, 77% of respondents said...

Japan: Demand for IT Talent Among Highest in the Region

In a recent global buyers survey, employers listed IT staff (especially developers and programmers, database administrators, and IT leaders and managers) to be among those positions which were hardest to fill. While in the most recent Manpower Employment Outlook Survey (MEOS), employers in India and Taiwan reported the strongest hiring plans across the globe. Additionally, employer confidence in Japan...