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In April, hiring rates will vary compared with a year ago
Note: Annual net change is calculated by subtracting the net increase of the same month one year ago from the net increase of the current month.
Source: April 2017 SHRM LINE Report
Compared with March of last year, in March 2017 the recruiting difficulty index rose by 8.6 points in the manufacturing sector and 1.1 points in the service sector. The LINE new-hire compensation index reported below suggests firms may be responding to this increased recruiting difficulty by increasing starting wages in order to attract highly qualified individuals to fill key positions.
In March, more employers increased new-hire compensation compared with a year ago
Vacant Positions in Exempt Employment
In March, changes in salaried job openings varied compared with a year ago
Vacancies are defined as open positions that employers are actively trying to fill. LINE data cover exempt vacancies, or primarily salaried positions, and nonexempt vacancies, which are mostly hourly jobs. Changes in the number of job vacancies can be one of the earliest indicators of a shift in the balance between labor supply and demand. Typically, exempt employment fluctuates by smaller rates than nonexempt employment during economic downturns and expansions.
In March, a net total of 14.0 percent3 of manufacturers reported increases in exempt vacancies (23.2 percent reported more vacancies, 9.1 percent reported fewer), down 2.1 points from March 2016. In the service sector, a net total of 17.8 percent of respondents reported increases in exempt vacancies in March (26.2 percent reported more vacancies, 8.4 percent reported fewer), up 3.3 points from March 2016.
3 Rounded to the nearest decimal place
Vacant Positions in Nonexempt Employment
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