Job Seekers? Post Pandemic, You Are In Big Demand

August 13, 2021,

Are you looking for a job?

That is probably a question that is not being asked often today because so many seem to have one.

Wonderful news it is.

Wasn’t there a pandemic crisis not that long ago where businesses were shutting down and employees were being laid off?

If you were around during the economic crash, post 2008, it was incredibly hard to find a job of any kind. A very stressful time. Some of our friends lived through that and barely survived.

Things have changed. Greatly.

As reported by CNN, “It's a hallmark sign of this strange pandemic labor market: America had a record 10.1 million jobs available in June, as businesses struggled to hire enough staff to support the full reopening of the economy.”,

Life on the Pre and Post Pandemic rollercoaster.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the American economy added 943,000 jobs in July of 2021 and the unemployment rate fell to 5.4%, a new low of the pandemic era.

So happy 2020 is in the rear view mirror. Remember those long food lines?

In terms of the future at they add, “Employment is projected to grow from 162.8 million to 168.8 million jobs from 2019 to 2029. Healthcare-related occupations are expected to account for a large share of new jobs projected through 2029.”,

Things can always change but hopefully they won’t any time soon. Good time to get a job and start paying off those college loans.

So, if you are on the fence about getting a job, employers are offering some strong perks to help you jump into the deep end of the employment pool.

Read on.

62% of Employers Plan to Increase Base Salaries to Attract New Employees According to New Data,

War for talent is shifting, finds companies moving away from signing bonuses.

News provided by, Inc.

Aug 12, 2021, 09:15 ET

WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Job seekers hoping to secure signing bonuses had better move quickly, as employers are indicating in a new survey of U.S. companies that these bonuses are a short-term fix for widespread talent shortages. While 50 percent of employers surveyed are offering signing bonuses, only 20 percent expect to still be doing so at the end of 2021.

This is not bad news for new hires, however, as more than 62 percent of organizations are planning to increase base salaries to attract new hourly and salaried employees within the next six months, which will increase their labor costs. Even more promising news for job seekers: 67 percent said their starting base salaries are above their market reference point.

Snapshot: Signing and Retention Bonuses
With 82 percent of employers saying they perceive a talent shortage, the prevalence of signing bonuses is not surprising. Signing bonuses have been deployed in relatively equal measure to both salaried and hourly workers, with hourly employees getting a median bonus of $1,000 and salaried employees getting a median bonus of $5,000.

Retention bonuses have been leveraged by 21 percent of companies surveyed. Of those, 38 percent offer these bonuses to both salaried and hourly workers.
Median retention bonus rates and lengths of service:

Hourly employees: $1,000 Months: 6
Salaried employees: $7,500 Months: 12

Snapshot: New Hire Salary Increases
Both hourly and salaried new hires stand to benefit from salary increases: 65 percent of organizations surveyed are likely, or very likely, to increase base salary rates for hourly employees in the next six months. Sixty-two percent plan to do so for salaried workers.

"The prevalence of signing bonuses to attract workers in high demand and short supply has proven to be a short-term phenomenon, as organizations move to a post-pandemic reality," said Garry Straker, compensation consultant at "The shift to salary increases for new hires will have greater long-term impact, so organizations will have to move with care to attract new hires while retaining existing employees. Retention of current employees will require proactively monitoring and addressing salary compression. Incumbent employees who see new hires making as much, or more than themselves may feel they are being treated unfairly and be tempted to look elsewhere to attain a higher pay rate."

According to Straker, as companies work to address internal and external labor market dynamics, there will be an increased focus on HR metrics, the benchmarking of market data, as well as gauging employee sentiment. He noted this is particularly true in an environment where employee expectations have changed and there is heightened awareness of pay equity issues. In states such as California and Connecticut, where pay transparency is required, the challenges and risks become greater.

"It's important to realize it's not just about pay for today's employees, many of whom have expressed a strong preference for flexible work arrangements, advancement opportunities, greater diversity and alignment of cultural values that can make an employer attractive," said Straker.

Survey Methodology
Data was collected between June 9 and July 15, 2021. 405 organizations, located in the U.S. and Canada, participated in the survey, with data collected from seven different roles, including executive, HR Manager, Compensation Professional, Director, and individual contributor. Almost 50 percent of respondents work for companies with 1-500 employees, with almost 24 percent working for companies with 5,000-10,000 full-time employees.

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Media Contact:
Julie Murphy


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