A New Zealand recruitment firm says the skills shortage looks set to worsen as the economy recovers - and companies will have to rethink the way they attract staff.
Manpower's global survey of 35,000 employers in 26 countries found that 31% of them are having trouble filling vacancies.
New Zealand was slightly better off, with just 30% of employers finding it tough to fill roles - down from 39% last year and 47% the year before.
Sales representative roles were the most difficult to fill in New Zealand, followed by engineers, technicians and accounting and finance staff.
But Manpower's New Zealand says the job market is recovering, and it won't take long for the talent war to heat up.
General manager Chris Riley says tough competition for candidates could also push up wages for some roles.