Candidates Dominate Arizona Job Market with Thousands of Openings | Arizona News

PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – Call it a sign of the times. Lots of job vacancies and not enough candidates to fill them. Aaron Smith is looking for a job but doesn’t feel any pressure to grab the first thing that comes along, and he’s not alone.

“Just because of the number of job openings out there right now,” Smith said. “People are just waiting for this opportunity that really works for them.”

The Phoenix area job market is difficult to explain at this time, with businesses large and small scrambling to fill vacancies. A record number of available jobs and historic records of retirements and retirements have given potential employees the edge when it comes to filling positions.

Blake Quinlan is the director of Express Employment Professionals in Scottsdale. He said it has gotten to the point where employers have to offer higher wages, signing bonuses and other perks to attract quality applicants.

“Our average wage has gone from $ 15 to $ 17.50 an hour in the past three months alone,” Quinlan said. “What people are asking for is definitely on the increase, and part of it is that they are able to do it because everyone needs people right now.”

There are several possible reasons for the explosion of job vacancies:

  • Concerns about the pandemic
  • The need for more flexible hours
  • Family obligations
  • Put pressure on wages
  • Candidates waiting for a job they like

“I think probably, as a society, we’re going to see a big change over the next few years, with people just using the pandemic as a reset and using it to be more aligned with what they want to do with their lives. life, ”Quinlan said.

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