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A new survey of 50,000 job seekers by leading online employment marketplace ZipRecruiter® ( www.ziprecruiter.com ) finds that the majority of job seekers are not negotiating for more salary when starting a new job. 64% of all survey respondents said that, when they were last hired, they accepted the first salary offer they received. Younger workers were particularly reluctant to make a counter offer with 84% of 18-34 year olds accepting the first salary offered. A  recent study  of newly-hired employees in various industries found that those who chose to negotiate increased their starting salaries by an average of $5,000. Assuming a 5% pay increase each year over a 45-year career, negotiating a starting salary of $45,000 rather than $40,000 will translate into additional lifetime earnings of over $750K. "The historically low unemployment rate means job seekers have a prime opportunity to ask for a higher wage." said ZipRecruiter SVP of Human Resources Amy Klimek. "Negotiating for even a modest increase in compensation at their first job impacts earnings through the rest of a job seeker's career." National data show that workers are increasingly  quitting their jobs , which is supported by the high number of ZipRecruiter survey respondents who reported being dissatisfied with their compensation and benefits packages. Employers seem to be under-appreciating the impact of raising wages as a retention device. From the ZipRecruiter survey: When asked directly about which form of compensation matters most to them, survey participants most frequently said topline pay. 50% of survey participants who are actively trying to switch jobs said they would stay in their current jobs for higher pay. The full survey results can be found on ZipRecruiter's  Labor Market Insights . To speak to a ZipRecruiter spokesperson about this survey, or other labor market trends:  press@ziprecruiter.com . Methodology:  ZipRecruiter surveyed 50,184 active job seekers in the United States in September and October of 2018. Active job seekers are defined as logged in registered users who visited ZipRecruiter's job search site or actively used the ZipRecruiter job search app during that time period. Survey participants ranged in age from 18 to over 75 years, with 52.5% holding a bachelor's degree or higher. 46% of respondents identified themselves as women, 53% as men, and 1% either selected "other" or chose not to answer. Compared with the wider U.S. population, our survey slightly over-sampled Blacks relative to Whites and Hispanics, with 56% of respondents identifying as White or Caucasian, 20% as Black or African American, 11% as Hispanic, 7% as Asian or Asian American, 1% as American Indian or Alaska Native, and about 5% as another race. 44% of respondents were not employed and looking for work. Of those who were employed, 78% were working full-time and 22% part-time. 46% of employed participants had been in their current jobs more than two years, 15% between one year and two years, 17% less than one year, and 23% less than 6 months.
As 2018 comes to a close, businesses are reporting a positive outlook for the job market in the first quarter of 2019, according to a new survey fielded by Express Employment Professionals. Even with the latest jobs report showing fewer new jobs than expected and increased media chatter about a recession in the next two years, businesses expect steady hiring in the short term. In the survey of 445 businesses, 53 percent of respondents expect the job market to stay the same in the first quarter, 38 percent see it trending up and only 9 percent see it trending down. A year ago, businesses predicted a similar outlook for the first quarter of 2018, with 49 percent saying the job market would stay the same, 42 percent saying it would trend up and 9 percent saying it would trend down. “Employers will continue to hire,” said Janis Petrini, an Express franchise owner in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “In our market, the demand for employees remains high, but there is no supply. Employers will continue to struggle to find workers in our market, and demand remains high with two to three job openings for every one person unemployed.” Petrini also noted in her area “people aren't slowing down in hiring due to predictions of a recession.” Lee Wenninger, an Express franchise owner on the north side of Indianapolis, sees a similar trend. While employers do have trouble finding workers, he has a simple answer when asked if employers will keep hiring: “All indicators are yes.” There is some uncertainty, though. Compared to 2018, hiring trends in 2019 are “hard to predict,” he said, “because while the economy is doing well, there are some concerns regarding trade policy and tariffs. If wages continue to increase, we should see candidates who are on the sidelines in government programs re-enter the workforce, so that is another unknown factor at this time.” The survey results also revealed which professions can expect to see hiring in the first quarter of 2019. More businesses are looking to hire workers for general labor than for any other profession. “If you’re looking for a job at the start of the new year, you will be in a strong position,” said Bill Stoller, the CEO of Express. “It’s clear that employers are hiring, and if you have the skills—or are willing to acquire the skills—the odds are in your favor.” The survey of 445 businesses, which are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals, was conducted in December 2018 to gauge respondents' expectations for the first quarter of 2019.
Global people analytics and consulting firm Great Place to Work® and  Fortune  have unveiled their annual ranking of the country's  100 Best Workplaces for Diversity . Global hotel and hospitality company  Hilton, with a high representation in every demographic group and a remarkable effort to fully include and develop all of their people, takes the No. 1 spot on this year's ranking, moving up from No. 14 last year. The Top 10 Best Workplaces for Diversity in 2018 Hilton Comcast NBCUniversal Publix Super Markets, Inc. Wegmans Food Markets , Inc . ULTIMATE SOFTWARE Marriott International, Inc. Cisco Texas Health Resources Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Progressive Insurance "The 2018 Best Workplaces for Diversity are at the forefront of creating workplaces that are better for business and better for their people," said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. "These workplaces not only pay attention to how diverse their workforce and management teams are, but close critical gaps in how all their people are treated and developed day-to-day." Among the newcomers to the list this year are Cisco (No. 7), Progressive Insurance (No. 10), McDonald's USA (No. 24), KPMG (No. 36), and DHL Express U.S. (No.88). The Best Workplaces for Diversity not only stand out for how diverse each organization and its management team are, but for how employees themselves report they are really treated in their workplaces. To determine the list, Great Place to Work analyzed the experiences of women, people of color, LGBTQ people, employees who are Boomers or older, and people who have disabilities, comparing their survey results to their colleagues. All told, these anonymous survey responses to more than 60 survey questions reflecting day-to-day workplace experiences represented more than 4.4 million employees' feedback. Read the full list  here . Findings from the 2018 list of the Best Workplaces for Diversity: Great Place to Work studied the degree to which being female, a person of color, LGBTQ, having a disability, or being 54 years or older influences someone's experiences in the workplace. Controlling for each of these characteristics, it found that an employee's gender is least likely to affect their workplace experience, while differences in race/ethnicity and age predict vastly different on-the-job experiences. For example, on average: Differences in race/ethnicity predict a workplace 40x better than peers Whether one has a disability predicts 19x different experience Sexual orientation predicts 13x different workplace experience Gender predicts a 4x workplace difference Other findings include: Women are 26x more likely than men to feel their work has meaning and isn't "just a job." Men are 18x more likely than women to feel everyone has the opportunity for special recognition. The Best Workplaces for Diversity list is one of a  series of rankings by Great Place to Work  and  Fortune  based on anonymous employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations.
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