- Demand will be biggest for highly educated professionals, technicians and managers. Professionals will be in particularly high demand in the trade, transportation and communications industries in developing nations.
- In the next two decades, demand for professionals in manufacturing will peak at more than 10 percent in developing countries, exceeding 4 percent across all countries sampled. (Labor-demand growth rates are compounded annually.)
- Health care research and development alone will generate enormous demand for skilled labor worldwide.
- Employees without critical knowledge and technical skills will be left behind.
- Introduce strategic workforce planning to address imbalances between labor supply and demand.
- Ease migration to attract the right talent globally.
- Foster "brain circulation" to mitigate brain drain.
- Increase employability by advancing technological literacy and cross-cultural learning skills.
- Develop a talent "trellis" by focusing on horizontal and vertical career and education paths.
- Encourage temporary and virtual mobility to access required skills easily.
- Extend the pool by tapping women, older professionals, the disadvantaged and immigrants.
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