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New Job Salary Expectations Hit Record High

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

In a dynamic landscape where the pulse of the job market reflects broader economic trends, the wage expectations of workers have surged to unprecedented heights. This trend is not only indicative of inflation’s tangible presence but also highlights the evolving dynamics within the labor market.

Fresh insights from the latest New York Federal Reserve employment July 2023 survey shed light on this remarkable shift. The average “reservation wage,” essentially the minimum acceptable salary required for a job switch, has soared to $78,645 in the second quarter of 2023.

Comparing this figure to a year ago, the increase amounts to a remarkable 8%, setting a new record in a data series extending back to the early days of 2014. What makes this surge all the more intriguing is its journey over the past three years, an era defined by the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. In this relatively short span, the reservation wage has surged by more than 22%, emphasizing the ongoing transformation of the labor market.

The insights from the New York Fed's data align with findings from an Atlanta Fed tracker, which unveils a broader trend of wages rising overall at an annual rate of 6%. However, those embracing job transitions are witnessing even more substantial gains, with a notable 7% increase.

In response to these shifting dynamics, employers have risen to the challenge, striving to meet the escalating wage aspirations of job seekers. This tenacity is palpable in the average full-time offer, rising by an impressive 14% over the past year to reach $69,475. The anticipated annual salary, now standing at $67,416, has also scaled new heights, gaining over $7,000 within the last year. Yet, amidst this pursuit of equilibrium between employee expectations and employer offers, a gap lingers. The survey showcases a variance between the sought-after wage and the proposed package. However, it's important to note that this disparity doesn't overshadow the overall upward mobility and increasing satisfaction with compensation that reverberates across the spectrum.

The survey findings from July also unveil mixed patterns within the labor market's fabric. The percentage of active job seekers, those who've searched for opportunities in the preceding four weeks, has dwindled from last year's 24.7% to a current 19.4%. This dovetails with a decline in job openings, totaling a reduction of 738,000 to stand at 9.58 million, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Amidst these fluctuations, the inclination to switch jobs has undergone a modest decrease, transitioning from 11% a year ago to 10.6% at present. Correspondingly, the prospect of being offered a new position has also encountered a dip, declining from 21.1% to 18.7%.

In a landscape perpetually in flux, characterized by evolving expectations and market dynamics, BGSF's commitment remains unwavering. We're here to bridge the gap, connecting your business with the skilled IT, Accounting & Finance, and Property Management professionals you require. With a keen understanding of the intricate dance between compensation, talent, and upward mobility, we're here to ensure your enterprise thrives amidst these shifting currents. Contact us to find out how we can help you solve your workforce challenges today!

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