In the biggest workforce shift and reallocation of skills since World War II began, those skills most in demand during the early phase of the crisis are different than the most in-demand roles we are seeing today and in the future. A record 74% of U.S. companies are reporting difficulty finding the talent they need, but employer hiring expectations are on the rise, with 50% of companies planning to add to their staff this quarter.

The all-new ManpowerGroup Talent Shortage Survey not only reveals the hardest-to-find skills in the country, but also explores the most in demand soft skills employers look for, as well as the steps companies can take in order to make the next normal better for all.


Filling The Gap

Skills required for the most in-demand roles continue to evolve rapidly. See which positions are the hardest to fill in the United States.


Seeking Soft Skills

Following the pandemic, skills like resilience and collaboration are more important than ever.



Find the stats for each industry, including the reported talent shortage, net employment outlook and the top 5 soft skills needed.


As workforce experts, ManpowerGroup finds work for millions of people each year around the world. Find out how we can help your organization find and retain the best talent.

About This Survey

The Employment Outlook Survey – conducted April 2022 – is the most comprehensive, forward-looking employment survey of its kind, used globally as a key economic indicator. The Net Employment Outlook is derived by taking the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in hiring activity and subtracting from this the percentage of employers expecting a decrease in hiring activity.


Talent Shortage data identifies the proportion of employers who report difficultly filling positions in their organization. It reports on which jobs employers say are most difficult to fill, and identified candidate shortcomings that are preventing employers from filling positions.