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Canada and Oz in hunt for our skilled workers

SKILLED trades workers are the hardest jobs to fill in Australia, Canada and Germany, a top recruitment firm has said.

Carpenters, plumbers and bricklayers are hugely in demand in those three countries while they are also among the top 10 most difficult jobs to fill in New Zealand in 2011, a new survey showed.

Skilled trades, sales reps and engineers were the top three hardest-to-fill jobs in Australia, followed by skilled trades workers, sales reps and technicians in Canada while skilled trade workers, engineers and technicans were also the top three in Germany, Manpower Ireland said.

"As graduates and professionals build their career, they can look at acquiring some professional experience outside of Ireland to increase their marketability back home," a spokeswoman said. "When researching the destination country, Manpower recommends reviewing skills shortages abroad, as along with other criteria, it can be the key to securing a challenging new role."


Manpower's 2011 annual Talent Shortage Survey revealed that one in three employers globally report difficulities filling positions. Some 39,641 interviews were conducted in 39 countries with the top 10 hardest to fill jobs listed.

In Australia, they were skilled trades workers followed by sales representatives; engineers; managers/executives; accounting and finance staff; technicians; secretaries, PAs, administrative assistants and office support staff; mechanics; IT staff; customer service representative and customer support staff.

The skills most in demand in Canada were: skilled trades workers; sales reps; technicians; engineers; drivers; managers/ executives; machinists; mechanics and teachers.

Those most in demand in Germany were: skilled trades workers; engineers; technicians; IT staff; secretaries, PAs, admin assistants and office support staff; sales reps; managers/executives; chefs/cooks; doctors and health professionals.

The skills most in demand in NZ were: engineers; sales reps; technicians; skilled trades workers; managers/executives; accounting and finance staff; IT staff; secretaries, PAs, admin assistants and office support staff; customer service reps and customer support staff; chefs.