Pontoon Unveils Global Workforce Solutions Survey Findings

70 percent of global companies report that their talent acquisition strategy is not capable of delivering future-ready talent

Pontoon, the global leader in Total Talent solutions, announces the results of its Global Workforce Solutions survey, which explores some of the most pressing issues facing top organizations and their talent acquisition functions as they work to resolve key talent issues.

Access to the right talent is one of the biggest threats to businesses around the world. Taking a Total Talent approach helps companies solve key organizational challenges and deliver a talent strategy that’s aligned with business needs,” said Corinne Ripoche Van Hecke, President of Pontoon.

“Total Talent is the future, the future of the market and the future of our clients. A transformation of the recruitment industry is currently taking place. Many believe that the “safe” bet is to stay the course, but there’s nothing safe about falling behind with talent. Total Talent blends insight, talent pooling, multichannel talent acquisition and technology to help organizations get full visibility into the talent market instead of being limited by channels or talent type,” Ripoche Van Hecke added.

Recruiting needs to adapt, in line with business needs, bridging business and talent acquisition strategies. However, the Total Talent acquisition strategy, and readiness of organizations to implement this approach, is not there yet. 60% of organizations surveyed believe their talent acquisition strategy either isn’t aligned at all or is only aligned to some extent to business objectives. 70% of organizations believe their organization is either not capable at all or only capable to some extent of delivering future-ready talent.

The results of the survey identified three primary barriers that hold organizations back from implementing an integrated approach to talent acquisition. The first is complexity (49%): overcoming organizational inertia is the biggest challenge organizations face. Next is internal silos (40%): in many organizations HR and Talent Acquisition run the permanent recruiting function while Procurement is responsible for contingent staffing. Bridging the silos between disparate departments can be extremely challenging. The third biggest barrier is technology (27%): changing a technology platform is a huge challenge for many organizations, and many will require assistance through a thoughtful, steady approach to ensure success.

For an organization to unleash its full talent potential it needs to implement transformational solutions. A Total Talent approach to talent acquisition is recruitment as it should be. It breaks down the barriers that have always existed between permanent and contingent recruitment.

There are signs of progress ahead, the majority of organizations (55%) are currently or are likely to implement integrated solutions in the next five years. Total Talent is achieved through three pillars that work together to give organizations the ability to compete effectively for future-ready talent: Alignment, Availability, and Access.

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About the Survey

Our Global Workforce Solutions survey had participation from professionals across all four regions around the world. Of the total 150 responses, nearly half (49 percent) of participation is from North America, followed by 25 percent from Asia-Pacific; 21 percent from Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and 7 percent from Latin and South America.

More than half of survey respondents (56 percent) are in senior management. By department, HR, finance/procurement, and IT make up 52 percent of respondents. HR departments stand out with 28 percent of the overall responses.

In terms of size of the organization that the respondents represent, more than 55 percent are working with organizations of 10,000 or more employees (1 in 3 are in 50,000-plus-employee organizations), and 45 percent are at organizations with fewer than 10,000 employees (of which 29 percent are in midsize to small organizations with less than 1,000 employees).


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