Maine job seekers are consistent with nationwide developments in demanding greater salaries within the face of inflation and employee shortages.
On the identical time, they’re favoring employers with reputations for appreciating their staff and inspiring skilled progress, recruiters in Maine stated.
“We’re seeing numerous job seekers who’re actually wanting to search out longevity,” Jodie Griffith, managing director of Manpower Maine in Biddeford, stated. “And so they need to be acknowledged for a job effectively accomplished.”
Employees in Maine are also demanding greater salaries, however solely barely greater, she stated. Maine is behind the nationwide curve in adjusting to what job seekers are on the lookout for. Nationally, the typical full-time wage supply obtained up to now 4 months elevated sharply to a median of greater than $69,000 in July, up 14 p.c from final 12 months, based on a Federal Reserve Financial institution of New York survey launched Monday.
The rise was broad-based throughout age, schooling and revenue teams, however was the strongest for staff older than 45 and faculty graduates. The Maine Division of Labor doesn’t have comparable information for the state.
Company income in Maine are rising quicker than labor prices, suggesting that companies are maintaining income moderately than passing them alongside in employee wages, James Myall, a coverage analyst on the liberal Maine Middle for Financial Coverage, stated.
It nonetheless is tough to rent staff, however Maine’s labor market is rather less tight than it was final 12 months, he stated. The nationwide Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey estimated there have been about 41,000 job openings in Maine every month between April and June of this 12 months, which is considerably greater than the 32,000 in the identical months of 2019, earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The labor market in Maine could also be loosening a small quantity, but it surely stays very sturdy,” Myall stated. “That’s corroborated by the low unemployment fee.”
Employers are attempting totally different methods to draw the small pool of potential staff. Town of Biddeford, together with different Maine municipalities, is providing a four-day work week to entice new workers. However sought-after advantages by job seekers go effectively past versatile hours or work-from-home preparations, Mary Libby, director of recruiting companies at ProSearch in Portland, stated.
“Individuals need collaboration, respect and alternative for progress,” Libby stated.
She advisable that potential workers meet as many individuals as attainable on the firm the place they’re interviewing and ask these folks why they’re there and why they keep. The turnover fee is necessary, Libby stated.
Some corporations have develop into extra open to rising salaries over the previous three or so years, Griffith stated. Others can’t afford to take action and find yourself not filling jobs. The hiring state of affairs continues to be dire within the state, even with jobs that pay the $13.80 per hour minimal wage.
“Simply the opposite day I noticed McDonald’s in Biddeford was hiring at $19 per hour, in order that tells you one thing,” Griffith stated.