New research paints a worrying picture for American workers, with nearly 40% of hourly and skilled-based workers saying their take-home pay is not enough to meet basic needs.
The ‘[email protected]: 2022 Report on the American Workforce’ by Jobcase surveyed 4,000 hourly and skilled-based employees in the U.S.
Only 37% of workers surveyed feel confident about their future financial security, with inflation a top concern for employees.
Inflation has caused about 2 in 3 employees to consider taking drastic action, such as switching jobs (23%), switching industries (18%) or going back to school (16%). Only 26% reported that they had received a raise due to inflation.
The top industries in which workers say they lack income for basic needs include:
- Healthcare (55%)
- Office administration (53%)
- Customer service (53%)
- Education (51%)
- Retail (48%)
Surveyed employees were asked to define what they deem a “good employer”. Responses include competitive pay (57%), good leadership (55%), healthcare benefits (48%), paid time off (47%), opportunities for advancement (43%), and a flexible schedule (42%).
Fred Goff, co-founder & CEO of Jobcase, said: “As we fight inflation and navigate recession fears, this is a moment to lean into empowering workers more, not less, wherever we can. Worker concerns are common sense, and their requests are reasonable. Addressing them will benefit employers in the long-run every bit as much as it will benefit employees.”