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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Ideas Worth Spreading: TED Talks Features Decoding Global Talent Survey

It's been a busy and exciting few months for the Decoding Global Talent Survey. Since launching, interest in the survey - which included 200,000 different jobseekers from across 189 countries - has only continued to grow, and last week some of the findings were highlighted in the much-respected TED Talks.

Human Resources expert Rainer Strack of Boston Consulting Group was invited to share his thoughts at the TED Talk Conference in Berlin. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit organisation devoted to the spreading of ideas through a series of short, powerful talks (all timed at 18 minutes or less). Since its launch in 1984 as a conference, today TED covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Past presenters have included the likes of Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Nobel prize winners through to some of the world's most successful business minds. 

Rainer Strack's presentation was titled “The surprising workforce crisis of 2030 — and how to start solving it now”, highlighting many of the findings of the Decoding Global Talent Survey and offering advice on how businesses can predict and tackle future skills shortages. The focal point of the talk was the prediction that by 2030 many of the world's largest economies will have more jobs than adult citizens to fill them. These jobs will need to be filled by looking across borders for mobile and willing jobseekers. The starting point for this is a change in business culture, which is something that the Decoding Global Talent Survey looks to address. By unpicking what motivates jobseekers globally to migrate – especially in niche industries or where rarer skill sets are required – recruitment heads can head off skills shortages before they become a problem. 

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It is because of this future talent shortage that The Network – a global alliance of more than 50 leading management consultancies – teamed up with leading management consultancy The Boston Consulting Group to undertake one of the biggest surveys of its kind about global talent, offering unique insight into the minds of core jobseekers across the world. The results of the survey have been launched as a main Global Report and by using the global talent online tool it has never been easier to attract the best talent internationally.

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