Employer demand is greater than the supply of candidates

Posted by Design & Construct on 10-May-2016 22:40:45

In Labour Hire

Causes of a modern day Jobs mismatch

A recent Labour Market Outlook report by Indeed has sought to uncover the causes of the global jobs mismatch between employers and job seekers.

In the report Chief Economist for Indeed Tara M. Sinclair, PhD said the cause of some of the mismatch was due to a number of factors including: a low number of candidates in the population, skills mismatch and the misalignment of interests.

Interest mismatch is characterized by a gap between what job seekers are looking for and what employers are offering. Skills mismatch is characterized by either too few people with the required skills to meet employer demand, or when highly skilled people are not being matched with the right jobs.


Consistent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, has resulted in unprecedented migration levels, which has meant countries have been losing talent due to emigration.

Indeed have compiled data from mobile and desktop job searches, with results showing that 8.1% of people look for jobs outside their current country.

It went onto say that people are more likely to search outside their current country when the number of job postings is relatively low. In other words, availability of jobs is the leading indicator of job seeker interest in a location.


The report highlights the difficulties employer's worldwide face in filling jobs, due to a shortfall in education standards. This has meant jobseekers are not fully prepared in meeting employer workplace needs.

New Forms of Work

New technologies have given rise to new forms of work and jobseekers are now searching for roles which offer more flexibility and the opportunity to work remotely or from home.


As employer demand for labour rises and the supply of available talent decreases, wages are not the only key incentive for workers considering one job over another.

Understanding the mismatch

The report asks the question, “Why do gaps between employers and job seekers persist?”

Talented people are not receiving the precise training needed in key areas. According to the OECD data for Australia, Canada, England and Northern Ireland, Germany, Japan, Russia and the United States reports that 61.1% of people age 25-64 have good or moderate information and communication technologies (ICT) or problem-solving skills.

This appears to be a result of the exact ICT and problem-solving skills tend to be specialised based on a role or function, there appears to be a great degree of mismatch between peoples' overall ability and their precise training.

The rise of the silver workforce

People are living longer and older people are making up a greater percentage of the population. Many are choosing to stay in the workforce and will dramatically affect the workforce going forward.

To prepare for the future, employers will need to think about ways to keep productive, older workers, engaged longer, as well attracting young people into positions.


It seems to be very clear with the causes of global jobs mismatch that flexibility will be the key to future successful working partnerships between employers and employees.

How can employers attract the best talent?

Businessman Choosing the right person

Indeed data shows that over half of the top 50 keywords associated with searches for flexible work are related to high-skill jobs.

Whilst an attractive salary is one reason to change career, other factors must be put in to play by employers if they want to attract the very best talent. Training and career development are a major factor when deciding on which company to join, employers would attract more candidates with a dedicated workplace training career development programs.

If all candidates had the same level of experience and qualifications but still lacked that specific workplace knowledge you needed, how would you move forward? Advertising a position offering a mentor program and ongoing workplace training with flexible working hours is a more attractive option to candidates, than just a competitive salary alone.

A tailored approach

Tailor your approach and offer more value than your competitor by encouraging candidates. Offer specific training but also encourage them to be more involved in your organisation and give input on new ideas or innovation.

Data from Indeed shows that nearly 12 percent of jobs in Australia are still open after 60 days. Why is that? Maybe because they all offer the same kind of package, or maybe they don't quite have the specific skills required to do the job? Either way by being a flexible employer, you may get the chance to find the candidate who can meet your exacting requirements.

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Indeed Recruitment Website, Tara M. Sinclair, PhD. (2016). Retrieved 9 May, 2016 from http://blog.indeed.com/hiring-lab/labor-market-outlook-2016/