The Michiana Partnership has released its annual Wage and Benefits Report. The survey says 95 percent of employers in the seven-county region added workers in the last six months with 43 percent already planning further employment growth, an increase from 90 percent and 40 percent, respectively, in 2014.
The survey collected data on compensation practices and policies of 129 employers and over 45,000 employees in the region. It also collected actual wage data for over 130 positions, from president to janitor as well as data on benefits packages and policies.
Michiana Partnership President and CEO Regina Emberton says the survey proves that the Michiana region has competitive workforce advantages for employers. She says the report serves to collect up-to-date data to help recruit investment in the area and show participating employers how their compensation practices compare with others in the region.
“In addition to anticipated trends in hiring and wage increases, we learned that engineering and technical positions are the most difficult to fill” Emberton said. “This helps us define opportunities for training, attracting and retaining workers,” she added.
The Michiana Partnership serves counties in North Central Indiana and Southwest Michigan. They include Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall, Fulton and St. Joseph Counties in Indiana and Berrien and Cass Counties in Michigan.