More than half (55 percent) of companies in the Asia-Pacific region are willing to hire remote workers living overseas as they struggle to find local talent, according to a survey by PersolKelly.

About 85 percent of the poll respondents said building their workforce is difficult because of restrictions on global mobility, lack of talent and high attrition among workers with specific skills. The survey also found that salary costs also are a ”major consideration.”

Half of the companies surveyed by the workforce-solutions provider revealed they are willing to hire remotely and offer hybrid work arrangements, even as there is “uncertainty about how to track and monitor the performance of their team.”

Forty-eight percent of respondents stated they want their employees to return to the office.

“Today, some employees have mixed feelings about heading back to work in their office. While some are looking forward to reconnecting with their colleagues and getting back into some semblance of normal business activity, others do not share the enthusiasm. Hence, companies that fail to address their employees’ preferences for flexible, hybrid arrangements could see a rise in attrition,” PersolKelly said in the report.

The survey polled 1,500 employers from multiple industries in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

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