Survey Skilled Trades Most In-Demand Jobs

Skilled-trades jobs remain the most in demand in 2010 across the globe, as they were in 2009, according to Manpower Inc.’s 2010 talent shortage survey released Thursday, May 20.

The survey of 35,000 employers across 36 countries also found that 31 percent said they were having difficulty filling key positions within their organizations—a rise of one percentage point from 2009. However, only 14 percent of U.S. employers reported difficulty filling key positions in 2010.

A total of 2,000 U.S. employers were included in the survey. The most in-demand jobs in 2010 in the United States are:

  1. Skilled trades
  2. Sales representatives
  3. Nurses
  4. Technicians
  5. Drivers
  6. Restaurant and hotel staff 
  7. Management/executives
  8. Engineers
  9. Doctors and other non-nursing professionals
  10. Customer service representatives and customer support staff 

The most in-demand jobs in 2010 worldwide are:

  1. Skilled trades
  2. Sales representatives
  3. Technicians
  4. Engineers
  5. Accounting and finance staff 
  6. Production operators
  7. Administrative assistants
  8. Management/executives
  9. Drivers
  10. Laborers


Filed by Staffing Industry Analysts, a sister company of Workforce Management. To comment, e-mail editors@workforce.com.

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