FutureMakers Coalition has released its 2022 Workforce Employer Survey Report.
The goal of the FutureMakers Coalitions is to transform the Southwest Florida workforce by increasing the percentage of working-age adults (25-64) with a college degree to 55 % by 2025.
The FutureMakers Coalition conducts an annual workforce employer survey and uses the data to inform its Southwest Florida network, particularly education partners, of employer needs and opportunities. to work better together to ensure that the desired skilled labor is available to employers in the region.
One hundred and ten organizations and businesses responded to the survey. Collier and Lee County had the highest concentration (42 and 41%) of responding businesses operating among the five Southwest Florida counties.
Respondents to the 2022 survey represent a wider range of industry segments compared to the 2021 survey. manufacturing (combined research + other, 9%), government (8%) and construction/trades (7%). Nineteen percent of respondent organizations responded that they work in education, which includes regional universities and colleges, specialist academies, and child care/early learning organizations. Organizations in the retail (2%) and accommodation/hospitality/food (4%) segments, which are among the largest employers in Southwest Florida, may still be underrepresented in the 2022 survey since distributing surveys to the many individual companies in these segments is difficult.
The largest proportion of responding organizations (24%) reported having more than 500 employees, which is a significant change from the 2021 survey results. Last year, organizations with less than five employees were the more represented.
“This information gathered from the survey is shared directly with community leaders in hopes of identifying opportunities to inform priorities and work together to address workforce challenges faced by employers. are faced”, said Tessa LeSage, director of FutureMakers, Collaboratory, which serves as the backbone of the FutureMakers Coalition. “We are delighted that more diverse employers are taking the time to respond to the survey and hope this trend will increase in the future.”
Highlights of the report include:
· Of the 110 organizations that responded to the 2022 Labor Force Employer Survey, approximately 57% were small employers (100 or fewer employees) and 42% were large employers (more than 100 employees ).
A total of 90% of organizations surveyed (compared to 79% in 2021) said it is “very probable” Where “likely” that recruiting and hiring qualified new employees will be a priority in 2022.
· Forty-eight percent of organizations indicated that they would pay a higher starting salary to potential employees who hold an advanced degree (diploma), certificate or industry-recognized certification. Thirty-seven percent said the starting salary would depend on the specific requirements of the position and the candidate, while only 15 percent of organizations said they would not pay a higher starting salary to potential employees who have a graduate degree (diploma). , an industry-recognized certificate or certification.
· Ninety-three percent of organizations indicated that in addition to an employee’s salary, the organization provides additional benefits. Among all organizations that offer benefits in addition to salary, the top benefits offered included health benefits (97%), paid time off (86%), and personal time off (81%). Compared to last year’s survey results, the proportion of organizations offering housing assistance increased from 3% in 2021 to 22% in 2022 and remote work options increased from 27% in 2021 to 42% in 2022. More than half of the organizations (51%) indicated that financial support for housing would be “very useful” to help their organizations recruit, hire or retain qualified employees. Childcare services, both public (34%) and private (30%), were also ranked “very useful” by about a third of organizations.
· Sixty-five percent of organizations indicated that they partner or collaborate with one or more Southwest Florida educational institutions to help find, recruit and/or train qualified employees. A greater proportion of large organizations, 56%, reported partnerships or collaborations, compared to 42% of small organizations. Among both large and small organizations, providing student internships/preceptorships/co-ops (95%) and engaging in recruitment activities (84%) were the most commonly reported partnerships or collaborations.
“Working together through the FutureMakers Coalition aligns all participants around common goals and interests,” said Michael Wukitsch, director of human resources at Lee Heath, a FutureMakers partner. “Partnerships between employers and education are essential to ensure the prosperity of our community. »
The FutureMakers Coalition will continue to analyze survey data and publish new results in the FutureMakers Coalition newsletter (https://www.futuremakerscoalition.com/news/) to provide new information on the needs of employers in the region and how to gain better access to a skilled workforce.
The full report is available at https://www.futuremakerscoalition.com/reports/
FutureMakers Coalition is a regional collective impact initiative that has been designated a Talent Hub by Lumina Foundation in partnership with The Kresge Foundation to support local efforts to increase literacy. Formed in 2015 around existing regional collaborations, the Coalition is committed to creating a cradle-to-career pathway to ensure the success of traditional students and adult learners. The FutureMakers Coalition was one of 75 National Community Success Partners of the Lumina Foundation and is a member of the National Talent Network. Collaboratory provides back-end/administrative support to the FutureMakers Coalition.
FutureMakers Coalition encourages businesses to join and invest in sustaining this community-changing initiative by visiting https://www.futuremakerscoalition.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org_v1.0FINAL