Managers, almost seven out of ten companies in difficulty regarding the profiles sought

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They are increasing in number, but the right skills are increasingly difficult to find. In the trends of the labor market of managers in our country, according to data from the 4.Manager Observatory on Anpal data, between 2019 and 2022, there was a double-digit increase (+11%) in their total number . A trend that also concerns women, whose share has gone from 18 to 22%. Looking at just the last year, executive growth was 3.1%. In absolute numbers this means that in 2019 there were 122,881 managers, with a female presence of 18%. In 2022 they became 136,038 with a female presence of 22%. Growing but not enough, also given the ongoing need for generational change.

The strong need for training

What these very positive numbers do not reveal is the strong need for training and the mismatch between supply and demand that companies encounter on the market, which is rapidly increasing. If the difficulty in finding managerial figures in 2019 was 49.4%, therefore almost one company in two encountered the problem, according to data from the 4.Manager Observatory, in 2021 and 2022 the picture worsened, up to to reach the peak of 66.8% in 2023. Up by 11.5 percentage points compared to the previous year.

In other words, today almost 7 out of 10 companies cannot find the profiles they need and the way to secure them can only be retraining, increasing skills and more generally training. And what is happening in Lombardy, one of the most advanced regions, which however finds itself facing a trend similar to the national average, also tells us this. In 2019, in fact, 55.6% of companies encountered difficulties in finding managers, a higher percentage than the national average. Also in this case there was a decrease in 2020 (43%), followed by an increase in the following two years, reaching 60.1% in 2023 (+3.6% compared to the previous year).

The gaze on the territories

Returning to the numbers of managers, different dynamics are observed in the area.

In the North-West between 2019 and 2022 the increase was 10%, with a growing share of female presence, in line with the national average. In Lombardy – the region where there is the greatest concentration of managers -, the growth was a little higher, equal to +11%: in 2022 the managers reached 58,999. The most important data certainly concerns women whose presence exceeds the national average, to the point that in Lombardy almost one manager in 4 (24%) is female.

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