Economists say this gives leverage back to job seekers who may find better-paying positions, new bonuses or other perks available in different industries.
Service industry jobs in demand
In April and May, the foodservice industry experienced better-than-expected demand, but many restaurant owners said they struggled to hire enough workers to meet customer needs. “Employers are having to realize that if there’s a shortage of qualified labor in their industry, they have to re-think what’s going to make those positions more attractive,” said Dennis Hoffman, an economist at Arizona State University.
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Health care, social care and child care services are all hiring across the valley. And it’s not just restaurants.
Hoffman said the current demand for workers means job seekers have the leverage to get paid more or seek a job on their own terms. Recent studies show that many workers are re-thinking the types of jobs they want.
Employees rethink the types of jobs they want
One in four respondents said they plan to look for a new job after the pandemic. “I might be re-assessing, re-training, going back to school again and thinking about going in a different direction,” Hoffman said of new job seekers. Nearly 87% of people who worked remotely during the pandemic said they would prefer to work remotely at least one day a week, according to a Prudential Financial survey released in April. That same study showed 42% of remote workers said if their current company does not continue to offer remote work options, “they will look for a job at a company that does.”
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