Companies in Shiawassee county are stepping up their game to recruit the best talent and keep these workers for the long haul. This problem existed before the pandemic and has only gotten worse over the last year.
CEO of Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, Justin Horvath, calls it a “war” for talent that he hasn’t seen in his nineteen year career.
“First a foremost, one of the things we’ve seen here just in the last few weeks and months, there’s been a massive uptick in entry level wages,” he said. “Businesses that before were paying minimum wage now have increased those hour rates 2, 3, 4, 5 dollars an hour.”
Benefits packages have also improved to include flex time, better work environment, culture and subsidized childcare.
Horvath is also working on the problem of the advertising of jobs better, which he is developing through local TV and radio stations, as well as social media, job boards and job fairs.
Servpro and American Recycling centers are hosting job fairs this week. Servpro is from 11 a.m. to to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1111 E Main St in Owosso. American Recycling is planning a job fair for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at 655 Wabassee Dr. in Owosso.