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Pay, lack of advancement top hurdles in attracting and keeping workers

August 24, 2016

Low pay is the top reason applicants turn down jobs, while lack of advancement opportunities is the main reason employees leave jobs, according to a survey of businesses released today by Express Employment Professionals.

Respondents were asked, “What hurdles stop applicants from accepting a job at your company?” Responses included:

  • Low pay: 28%
  • Lack of advancement/opportunity: 27%
  • Long hours: 18%
  • Perfect fit: 15%
  • Inflexible schedule: 14%

Respondents were also asked, “What hurdles cause employees to leave a job?” The top answer was “lack of advancement/opportunity” at 40%, followed by low pay at 29%. This was almost the reverse of results from the same question in 2015, when 40% said low pay and 33% said lack of advancement. “Not a good cultural fit,” was the third highest answer at 28%, followed by long hours and unlikeable boss/management, both at 18%.

“Pay and advancement really do seem to be the driving factors when applicants and employees make decisions about the future of their careers,” Express CEO Bob Funk said. “In a way, this is reflective of the economy in general. Many companies still struggle to offer competitive wages and may not be growing fast enough to offer upward advancement." “

The survey of 390 businesses, which are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals, covers hiring trends for the second quarter of 2016.


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