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2022 Salary Guide

Employers are looking to add talent, but candidates have the upper hand in today's hyper-competitive hiring market. Companies risk falling behind if they don’t enhance their compensation packages and offer flexibility in remote work and scheduling.

Business growth keeps hiring market hot

  • Companies want to take advantage of growth opportunities — and need new talent to keep up with customer demand and help launch new initiatives.
  • Hiring is exceeding pre-pandemic levels in many markets.

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of senior managers expect to expand hiring for permanent roles.

Candidates compel companies to up their game

How employers are attracting and retaining workers:

  • Increasing starting salaries55%

  • Offering remote work options50%

  • Providing signing bonuses44%

  • Increasing paid time off41%

  • There’s still a shortage of skilled professionals, further increasing competition for top talent and driving up salaries.
  • The best candidates are receiving multiple job offers and want to work for companies that offer remote-work and flexible-scheduling options.
  • Many employers are also reinstating raises and improving benefits and perks to aid in retention.

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With millions of workers still quitting their jobs every month, retention is an ever-growing concern, especially regarding top performers. In an effort to retain employees, 96% of companies are offering raises to employees this year. Here’s the breakdown of their plans:

  • Merit-based raises31%

  • Raises to compensate for salary stagnation during the pandemic25%

  • Raises to ensure salaries are competitive23%

  • Raises to adjust for cost of living or inflation18%

Remote work reshapes recruiting, retention

  • The ability to work remotely at least part of the time has become a must for many people: 54% of employees who are working remotely at least one day a week reported that they won’t stay with companies that don’t allow remote work.
  • Businesses embracing hybrid teams benefit from higher employee morale and better performance. Plus, they gain an edge in hiring and retaining top talent.
  • Remote work also allows firms to recruit from anywhere, deepening their candidate pool.
  • Workers want flexible scheduling options as well, such as flextime and windowed work, and are leaving jobs if they don’t get them.
  • Take a deeper dive into remote trends on the new Remote Work page of the Salary Guide.

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of senior HR managers said their companies allow employees to work remotely at least part of the time.

of professionals do not miss working in an office setting.

Savvy employers embrace flexible workforces

  • Companies are bringing in more contract professionals to support their core teams and keep up with customer demand and the accelerated pace of business.
  • This model also favors professionals who prefer contract work and are eager to help businesses quickly get back up to speed.
  • Many businesses are benefiting from managed services arrangements with an outside provider that offers a combination of consulting methodologies and operational talent, a cost-effective solution for these firms’ skills and scalability needs.

of companies expect to increase their use of contract talent in 2022.

of companies use contract professionals as the majority of their staff.

Businesses are seeking help with hiring

  • 92% of hiring managers reported difficulties finding skilled talent — and many are turning to talent solutions firms for help.
  • This strategy allows managers to allocate their limited resources to business-critical projects while specialized recruiters help them access a wider selection of talent and meet hiring demands faster.

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Data referenced in this Salary Guide is based on online surveys developed by Robert Half and conducted by independent research firms. Respondents included executives, senior managers and employees from small (20-249 employees), medium (250-499) and large (500+ employees) private, publicly listed and public sector organizations across the United States.

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