Deloitte, the consulting group, recognizes that employee-retention strategy consulting will be a growth industry during the second half of this decade and well into the next one, so Deloitte commissioned a survey of HR execs that dissects companies' fears of the nationwide retirement time bomb and what Business 2.0 called "The Coming Job Boom" in its September, 2003 cover story. What's interesting about Deloitte's prediction of a "critical talent" shortage is that they're onto the fact this isn't about bosses alone. The biggest skills gap will be smack in the middle of the so-called creative class workforce. "Critical talent represents those individuals who possess highly developed skills and deep knowledge of not just the work itself but how to make things happen within a company," says the head of the consultancy's Human Capital practice. Utlimately, Retiring Workforce, Widening Skills Gap, Exodus of 'Critical Talent' Threaten U.S. Companies is a brochure for Deloittte's services but it's a very insightful one.