Hays Global Skills Index
Global landscape: A complex puzzle

GSI 2016 report graphic

The Hays Global Skills Index is designed to assess the degree to which employers will have difficulty recruiting skilled labor across 30 countries providing a distinctive and detailed assessment of the global labor market.

How does the US rank?

GSI 2016 US Score graphic

In 2016, skilled labor markets across the United States have become slightly healthier according to the Hays Global Skills Index. This primarily reflects declining wage pressures, and improvements in labor supply as education flexibility and labor market participation rose.  

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Downward pressure from: Upward pressure from:
  • Labor market participation
  • Long-term unemployment
  • Wage pressure in high-skill occupations
  • Wage pressure in high-skill industries
  • Job vacancies
  • Education levels

Index score components

There are seven components that contribute to the Index score which are each given equal weighting when calculating the overall score for each market. Each component measures how much pressure different factors are exerting on the local labor market. Higher scores mean that country is experiencing more pressure than has historically been the case. Lower scores mean that country is experiencing less pressure.


The Hays Global Skills Index began measuring pressure in labor markets across the global in 2012. Contact us today to view previous editions:

  • Hays GSI 2012: Critical Skills Imbalances – A Barometer of Factors Impacting Global Skills Mobility
  • Hays GSI 2013: The Great Talent Mismatch
  • Hays GSI 2014: The Perfect Talent Storm
  • Hays GSI 2015: Labor Markets in a World of Continuous Change
  • Hays GSI 2016: The Global Skills Landscape – A Complex Puzzle