Upward revision in wages unlikely, says study

Globally, a shortage of highly skilled employees could dramatically drive up salaries for the most in-demand workers by 2030, according to a study.

India would be the only economy that will not face an upward revision of wages by 2030, as it has a talent surplus, bucking the global trend of a talent crunch, a report noted.

“Unlike any other country in the study India will have a highly skilled talent surplus by 2030,” the report said.

Globally, a shortage of highly skilled employees could dramatically drive up salaries for the most in-demand workers by 2030, according to a study.

This is likely to add more than $2.5 trillion in annual labour costs by 2030, for organisations around the world, according to Korn Ferry’s ‘The Salary Surge’.

The report revealed that largest economies, including the US, China and Germany are likely to face the rapidly escalating employee costs.

The Global Talent Crunch analysed global demand for labour at three key milestones, 2020, 2025 and 2030, in 20 markets, including in India, across three sectors, financial and business services, technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) and manufacturing.

Globally, US companies can expect to pay the most globally facing a wage premium of more than $531 billion by 2030, while Germany will be the worst affected, facing a potential wage premium of approximately $176 billion by 2030. Meanwhile, in the Asia Pacific, the salary surge could add more than $1 trillion to annual payrolls by 2030, jeopardising companies’ profitability and threatening business models if kept unchecked, the Korn Ferry study said.

“The new era of work is one of scarcity in abundance, there are plenty of people, but not enough with the skills their organisations will need to survive. While overall wage increases are just keeping pace with inflation, salaries for in-demand workers will skyrocket if companies choose to compete for the best and brightest on salary alone,” Korn Ferry Head of rewards and benefits for the APAC region Dhritiman Chakrabarti said.

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