Infographic: Skills gap impacting employers across the globe

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In the past, we’ve addressed how the U.S. economy is experiencing a growing skills gap – companies are struggling to find highly skilled workers to fill open positions. Yet this isn’t just a U.S. issue – employers across the globe are feeling the effects of unfilled job openings on their bottom line.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, a significant number of employers in the 10 largest world economies say that extended job vacancies have resulted in lower revenue and productivity and the inability to grow their businesses.

When asked what positions were the hardest to fill, employers cited technical fields – information technology and engineering – as being some of the most difficult. Other areas mentioned include sales, customer service, research and development, production, creative/design and marketing.

Check out the infographic below for additional results from CareerBuilder’s global skills gap survey. 


  1. Skills gaps are emerging in today’s economy, and a solution that’s proven to make a difference in helping the economy thrive is investing in career and technical education (CTE). CTE programs, whether at the secondary, post-secondary or other educational level, boost student achievement and deliver increased career and earning potential. CTE also produces workers for the open jobs of today, and boosts business productivity and economic status as a result. Whether it’s sewing or shop class, or another one of the many varied CTE career paths, it all makes a significant difference to students, communities and the economy.
    The Industry Workforce Needs Council is a new organization of businesses working together to spotlight skills gaps and advocate/kick off CTE programs that work to curb the problem. For more information, or to join the effort, visit the IWNC website at
    Jason Sprenger, for the IWNC

  2. CareerBuilder For Sure. Even worse when people underestimate and fail to communicate their skills onto their resumes.

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