Global Human Capital Trends 2014

CEOs and HR leaders see talent as a major challenge to growth. Where should you focus? Our survey of 2500+ leaders in 90+ countries reveals 12 critical trends shaping the human capital agenda.


The quest for workforce capability

Create a global skills supply chain

Organizations now compete globally for scarce technical and professional skills. How can you locate and develop this talent when it takes years to develop expertise?

Given the complexities and continuous disruptions in the global economy, it’s no surprise that building global workforce capability emerged as a top three challenge in our survey. Engineers, computer and life scientists, oil and gas professionals, and cyber security specialists are among the many technical professionals in short supply around the world. Organizations are feeling the pinch. But while 75% of those we surveyed rate “workforce capability” as an urgent or important challenge, only 15% believe they are ready to address it.

In 2014 organizations should tap into external talent networks, better share expertise, build skills internally, and create a supply chain of skills to build the capabilities they need now and into the future. Companies that succeed in building a global skills supply chain will be positioned to excel in innovation and performance.

Meet the authors

Bernard van der Vyver

Bernard van der Vyver

Global Learning Solutions Leader

Bernard is a leading advisor on Human Capital matt...More

Jennifer Stempel

Jennifer Stempel

Senior Manager

Jen is a leader in our Human Capital Learning Solu...More

Josh Bersin

Josh Bersin

Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte

Josh founded Bersin in 2001 to provide research an...More

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