How employers can win 'talent war' for highly-skilled workers

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Posted at Nov 23 2018 10:37 AM | Updated as of Nov 23 2018 10:50 AM

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MANILA -- Employers, regardless of size, should invest in retaining highly skilled workers to survive a "talent war" where opportunities outnumber workers, a recruitment consultant said Friday.

Flexible benefits, an option to work from home and a career progression path are some ways to keep highly-skilled workers in mid-level positions, said Robert Walters Philippines country manager Monty Sujanani.

"The risk for employers is gonna be retention. When you have very highly skilled talent, it's a talent war," Sujani told ANC's Early Edition.

"Because it's so-candidate driven and they can almost pick and choose which jobs they want and which companies they want to work for, we strongly encourage clients to please invest in training and development, creative retention strategies," he said.

Ninety-three percent of mid-level professionals feel secure about their jobs and nearly half expect at least a 10-percent pay hike next year, according to a Robert Walters survey.

"Is 10 percent a reasonable number? We think so, because there is a need for skilled talent," he said.