Why are salaries increasing? Salaries are controlled by the economic principle of supply and demand. Over the past 18 years, unemployment has decreased significantly, stooping to a nationwide low of 3.8 percent as of May 2018, and even lower among states with a higher concentration of healthcare/medical device companies, such as: Minnesota (3.2 percent) and Massachusetts (3.5 percent). However, health technology continues to grow and the need for top talent has yet to cease.
As the unemployment rate continues to drop, business leaders continue to strategize to stay competitive. One notable trend is an increase in salary. According to Health eCareers’ Healthcare Recruiting Trends Report, 62 percent of existing staff ask for more money now than they did six months prior, and 7.6 percent of those existing staff reported that they pushed for a significantly higher salary when compared to six months prior.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics , Minneapolis is the third highest ranking in terms of the increase in wages/salaries as of March, 2018, trailing closely behind to Phoenix (2nd) and San Jose (1st). Companies are responding to this law of supply and demand by increasing their salaries.
According to SHRM, it is typical for companies to adjust the overall salary structure between three and five years; however, some HR executives find analyzing the compensation structure every 18 and 24 months to be more effective.
As a leader:
- Stay involved in salary structure issues.
- Be knowledgeable about the market.
- Strategize with your hiring managers/HR to develop a compensation strategy that best suits your needs.
While salaries are not the sole answer to solving the talent crisis, compensation serves as a significant tool to attract and retain talent. If your company has not revisited their compensation strategy this year, it may be time to do so.
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Written by: Isaac Pirk, Talencio intern and student at North Central University, Minneapolis, MN.
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