Middle managers, for instance,
tend to lack the “hot” skills—in
technology, communications and
health care—that drive compensation
higher in today’s economy.
“There has not been much pressure to increase pay for these roles,”
said Pete Sanborn, Atlanta-based
managing director for human capital
advisory at consultancy Aon Hewitt.
That’s because the risk of turnover
has been fairly low, and there is typically a supply of people to ;ll these
roles when workers leave or retire, he
FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING
Up to 43 percent of U.S. households
don’t earn enough to a;ord basic
living expenses such as housing, food,
child care, health care and transportation, according to a 2018 study from
the United Way’s ALICE Project.
“Many of these folks are the
nation’s child care workers, home
health aides, o;ce assistants and
store clerks, who work low-paying
jobs and have little savings,” the au-
thors wrote. The study found that 66
percent of jobs in the U.S. pay less
than $20 an hour.
“Most company leaders recog-
nize this issue and do all they can to
attract talent and provide the best
wages and bene;ts they can,” said
Phillip Wilson, president and general
counsel of the Labor Relations Insti-
tute. “There are countless examples
of folks who start at low-skilled,
entry-level jobs and work their way
up to a living wage and a much better
$37.99 $27.08 $24.28
$19.11 $18.48 $14.01 $13.90 $9.33 $9.42
Lower-middle quintile Middle quintile Upper-middle quintile Top quintile
TOP EARNERS OUTPACE FIELD
Real wages by quintile, 1979-2016*
*Wages are expressed in 2016 dollars.
Source: The Brookings Institution’s The Hamilton Project, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’
Current Population Survey.
career. It’s not the easy or popular
answer, but it’s true.”
At the same time, it’s important
for all leaders to pull their heads up
once in a while to put things into
perspective, said Tim Low, senior vice
president for marketing at PayScale, a
compensation data and software ;rm.
“This current economy does present
some challenges for HR in trying to
foster a productive relationship be-
tween employees and employers.”
WORKERS SPLIT ON
CITIES WHERE WORKERS
FEEL MOST UNDERPAID
Source: Robert Half. Source: Robert Half.
S T. LOUIS
On p. 52 of the September/October HR Magazine, the ;rst sentence of the last paragraph incorrectly stated when Ava Sloane’s mother passed away. She died in July 2017.
We regret the error.