Medium-sized businesses are powerful employers and contributors to their nation. Yet, these companies must overcome a number of unique challenges to stay competitive, let alone grow. Chief among them is to find and retain qualified, skilled workers.

A report written by The Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by American Express Global Business Travel examines the hiring obstacles faced by medium-sized companies in five of the world’s biggest economies: Australia, Canada, France, the UK and  US; it also looks at the strategies that companies are employing to overcome those obstacles. The report is based on analyses of these countries’ job markets, employment trends, populations and regulations, as well as on interviews with executives of medium-sized companies and industry experts.

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