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It's no secret employee benefits costs continue to rise.

And 2019 won't be any different.

Health benefits alone are projected to increase 6% over this year.

So how are rising benefits costs impacting employers and employees?

What will businesses do to deal with these rising prices?

To what degree do benefits impact attracting and retaining employees?

For insights into these questions and more, check out the stats below, as we're gathering every relevant piece of data about workplace benefits.

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Need more? These and stats from recent years are all included in our Ultimate Collection of Employee Benefits database. We also maintain a huge collection of employee engagement and loyalty stats, to help you get a complete picture of what's happening in offices across the country.

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Benefits and Employee Engagement/Retention/Recruitment Statistics

  • More than 35% of 18-34 year olds ranked compensation as the top motivating factor to leave their job (Ceridian)

  • 36% of workers and nearly half of millennials would consider quitting a job that didn’t provide learning opportunities (Docebo)

  • More than 80% of employees would quit their jobs for better development opportunities (ExecuSearch)

  • 71% of employees would quit if another employer offered them flexible scheduling in a new job (ExecuSearch)

  • 73% of U.S. workers said health and wellness programs are a consideration in deciding whether to work for a company (OfficeTeam)

  • 87% of U.S. workers ages 18-34, 70% ages 35-54, and 44% ages 55+ factor in health and wellness offerings in their job decisions (OfficeTeam)

  • 79% of men and 65% of women consider health and wellness in their employment decisions (OfficeTeam)

  • Nearly a third of millennials say they’ll be chasing higher salaries at another employer five years from now (Staples)

  • 54% of employees are willing to accept a higher salary to work for employers that make donations to political candidates they dislike, block labor unions from organizing (39%) and use legal loopholes to minimize their tax liability (38%) (The Manifest)

  • 79% of employees would not accept a job with a higher salary from a company that failed to act in response to a report of sexual harassment (The Manifest)

  • 76% of employees wouldn’t join a company offering a higher salary that sells users’ data without users’ knowledge (The Manifest)

  • 54.2% of employees would leave their job for a pay raise, career advancement (37.8%) and for better corporate benefits (20.7%) (Achievers)

  • 26% of employees ranked recognition for their work in their top three factors for staying with their current employer, but 17% said their manager/employer was horrible – they never recognized their work and 43% ranked their manager/employer as just okay – recognizing them annually or quarterly at least (Achievers)

  • 45% of employers have raised pay rates in order to stay competitive attracting and retaining talent (SunTrust)

  • 43% of employers increased benefits in order to stay competitive attracting and retaining talent (SunTrust)

  • 36% of employers offered more flexible work arrangements in order to stay competitive attracting and retaining talent (SunTrust)

  • 23% of employers offered additional recognition programs in order to stay competitive attracting and retaining talent (SunTrust)

  • 17% of employers offered college loan repayment and/or college savings programs to combat the talent shortage (SunTrust)

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2019 Salary and Base Compensation Statistics

  • A little less than half of employers said it's difficult to meet compensation requirements (LaSalle)

  • 41% of employees said a higher salary would improve their job satisfaction (CNBC)

  • 25% of workers say they are very well paid and 48% say they are somewhat well paid (CNBC)

  • About 70% of HR managers and senior execs expect employee pay raises to stay at 3% or less on average (PayScale)

  • More than 40% of employers gave raises of 10% or more for some jobs within their organization (PayScale)

  • More than 60% of employers plan to raise wages in 2019, with 70% saying increase will range from .5% to 3% (LaSalle)

  • 55% of professionals tried negotiating a higher salary with their last job offer, a 16 point increase from 2018 (Robert Half)

  • 68% of male employees tried negotiating pay, compared to 45% of women (Robert Half)

  • 65% of professionals ages 18-34 asked for higher salaries versus 55% of those ages 35-54 and 38% of those 55+ (Robert Half)

  • 70% of senior managers expected some back and forth negotiating from candidates (Robert Half)

  • 62% of senior managers said they were open to negotiating pay and 59% said they were open to negotiating benefits and perks than they were a year ago (Robert Half)

  • Nearly half of employees have expressed concerns that their current pay did not line up with that of other employees in similar roles (Paychex)

  • 47% of employees feel underpaid, 44% are dissatisfied with benefits and 43% feel unsatisfied with their career path (Addison Group)

  • Reasons employees value their work and are loyal to their employer include the work they perform (55%), salary (50%) and immediate supervisor (39%) (Addison Group)

  • More than 10% of employees would take a salary decrease of $5,000-$10,000 each year and 3% would accept a decrease of more than $10,000 to work at an environmentally friendly and socially responsible employer (Swytch)

  • The average hourly wage for female healthcare workers is almost 25% lower than the average for men working in health care (MGH & Perelman School of Medicine)

  • About one-third of female healthcare workers make less than $15 per hour, and nearly half of black and Latina women in healthcare earn less than $15 per hour (MGH & Perelman School of Medicine)

  • Hospitals employed the largest number of workers making less than $15 an hour (MGH & Perelman School of Medicine)

  • Raising the minimum wage to $15/hr would decrease poverty rates among female health care workers by up to 50%, while increasing U.S. health care costs by 1.5% (MGH & Perelman School of Medicine)

  • 71% of employees won’t tolerate companies paying women and minority employees less than others for doing the same job (The Manifest)

  • 40% of Gen Z employees think they’ll earn more than $100,000 a year at the peak of their career (InsideOut)

2019 Healthcare and Wellness Benefits Statistics

  • Almost half of adult workers don’t think employers see mental health as an acceptable reason for an absence (University of Phoenix)

  • More than 76% of employees are confident their managers were properly trained on how to identify employees who may be having a mental health issue, while only 16% of HR professionals agreed (ThriveMap)

  • 55% of employees said their employer didn’t have a specific mental health policy or program in place (ThriveMap)

  • 26% of U.S. workers favored incentives that reward healthy behavior, while 22% said the same of programs with fitness facilities (23%) (OfficeTeam)

  • 20% of companies don’t offer health and wellness programs (OfficeTeam)

  • 42% of employees said their employer offered a health and wellness program (Staples)

  • 41% of employees would take a 10% pay cut for a company that cared more about employee wellness (Staples)

  • 35% of employees either know nothing about or don’t fully understand their healthcare coverage, while another 33% don’t understand their medical bills (Maestro Health)

  • 62% of employees said their employer does not act as a resource for healthcare-related questions (Maestro Health)

  • About a third of workers said the most difficult part of making annual benefit elections is keeping track of changes within the plan (Paychex)

  • 28% of workers said it’s challenging evaluating the providers and plan options for benefits (Paychex)

2019 Retirement Benefits Statistics

  • More than half of workers feel confident in how much they have saved for retirement, but 25% of those added that this confidence depends on social security (Paychex)

2019 PTO, Vacation and Time Off Statistics

  • 3% of employers have extended unlimited paid time off to all employees, 4% are considering it and 9% are considering offering unlimited PTO to only executives or exempt employees (Mercer)

  • One-third of employees admitted calling in sick when they weren’t ill to get out of work (O.C. Tanner)

  • 68% of employees call in sick less than once a year and 12% call in once a year (O.C. Tanner)

  • More than one-third of employees who have called in sick agreed that their work situation keeps them from being happy in other areas of their lives, and 40% of those who called in sick said they don’t trust their senior leaders (O.C. Tanner)

  • More than one-third of workers have taken days off for mental health in the past 12 months, while 61% have taken days off for physical issues (University of Phoenix)

  • Parents with children under 18 were almost twice as likely as non-parents to take at least one mental health day per year (University of Phoenix)

  • 41% of employees have seen to their own wellness by taking mental health days (Staples)

  • Among employees that told their supervisors they were taking time off for mental health, 92% said the boss was supportive about it (Staples)

  • 76% of millennials are significantly more inclined to take a business trip if an added vacation is an option (National Car Rental)

  • 78% of bleisure-takers (adding leisure activities to business trips) say their bosses take leisure time during trips, and 76% of leisure-taking supervisors say they encourage relaxation during a business trip (National Car Rental)

  • Nearly half of bleisure-takers (adding leisure activities to business trips) feel reticent about talking to their bosses about the time off they plan to take (National Car Rental)

  • About 40% of employers offer paid parental leave for both birth and non-birth parents, up from 25% in 2015 (Mercer)

  • 9% of employees said more paid time off would most improve their job satisfaction (CNBC)

2019 Flexible Working Statistics

  • 90% of employees say more flexible work arrangements and schedules will increase morale (Staples)

  • 34% of employers have a formal or informal policy in place on remote work while 64% of workers say they work remotely at least part of the time (Staples)

  • 44% of employers now offer remote work options (up from 39% last year) (PayScale)

  • 37% of employers now offer flex time (PayScale)

  • 81% of employees thought a flexible job would help them be a better spouse, partner or significant other, 87% said it would give them more time to spend with family or friends and 61% of those with children or that plan to have children thought a job with work flexibility would make them a better parent (FlexJobs)

  • 89% of workers believe a flexible job would help them take better care of themselves (Flexjobs)

  • 62% of workers agree their job offers enough flexibility to have a healthy work-life balance, while 14% disagree (The Workforce Institute & Kronos)

2019 Benefits Management Statistics

  • Two-thirds of HR leaders agree that the HR function has undergone or is undergoing a digital change (KPMG)

  • 70% of HR leaders recognize the need for workforce transformation, while 40% said they have a digital workplace at the organizational or HR level (KPMG)

  • Almost 40% of HR leaders feel very confident about HR’s ability to transform, and 35% said their company’s current culture is more task-oriented than innovative or experimental (KPMG)

  • 42% of HR leaders agree that readying the workforce for a future with AI will be one of HR’s biggest challenges during the next five years (KPMG)

  • In the next two years, 60% of HR leaders plan to invest in predictive analytics, 53% will invest in enhanced process automation and 47% in AI (KPMG)

  • 25% (up from 16% in spring of last year) of leaders perceive that existing employees have the digital talent to execute their company’s digital strategy (Deloitte)

  • 75% of leaders believe that AI, robotics and IoT are making fundamental changes within their organization (Deloitte)

  • 47% of HR professionals found managing performance and providing professional development opportunities challenging; 43% found aligning talent retention strategy with business objectives challenging; and 40% said that handling employee mergers and acquisitions was challenging (XpertHR)

  • 14% of small business owners had experience with outsourcing HR administration, and 7% didn’t know this was an option (Oasis)

  • 40% of employers outsourced or co-sourced leave administration for the Family Medical Leave Act leave in 2015 while 44% did so in 2018 (Mercer)

  • For small business owners with experience in outsourcing HR administration, the top three services most frequently outsourced were payroll administration (58%), 401(k) (42%), and benefits (40%) (Oasis)

  • Employers believe some of the most challenging issues in the year ahead are:

    • Offering competitive compensation and benefits (31%)
    • Developing employees and future leaders for succession (23%)
    • Building a positive brand and culture (20%)
    • Maintaining ongoing regulatory compliance (19%)
    • Measuring and managing employee performance (18%)
    • Creating operational efficiencies with overall HR administration (16%) (Oasis)
  • 69% of high performing talent organizations are more likely to feature clearly defined must-have and nice-to-have skills in their job descriptions (Allegis)

  • 31% of employers are very satisfied with their recruitment process (Allegis)

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2019 Employee Perks and Other Miscellaneous Benefits Statistics

  • 62% of millennials are generally satisfied with their benefits (LaSalle)

  • 39% of employees rated themselves as unhappy about their rewards, 26% are happy and 33% are neutral (Peakon)

  • 10.8% of workers call their manager/employer awesome and are recognized weekly and 29.4% call them pretty good and are recognized at least once a month (Achievers)

  • 49% of millennials are pleased with training and development programs at their company (LaSalle)

  • 86% of employees said it is important for employers to provide learning opportunities (Ceridian)
  • Nearly 1.4 million U.S. workers could lose their jobs over the next decade due to technological change (WEF)

  • The cost of retraining workers from current roles to new, viable, desirable and growing roles would be $34 billion in total or $24,800 per worker on average (WEF)

  • Private-sector employers could profitably reskill 25% of at-risk workers, 45% by collaborating with stakeholders and the government could assist as many as 77% of all at-risk workers (WEF)

  • Nearly 50% of companies expect automation to lead to a reduction in their full-time workforce by 2020 (WEF)

  • 14% of employees said they would like more training or learning opportunities to improve their job satisfaction (CNBC)

  • About two-thirds of workers would trade their work-related data for more customized compensation, benefits and rewards and 61% would do the same for more customized learning and development opportunities (Accenture)

  • 77% of employers plan to make big investments in learning and development programs to provide workers with new skills for new roles as their businesses grow (SunTrust)

  • Almost 60% of employers will increase investments in training and development (PayScale)

  • 33% of Americans say employer-provided training doesn’t meet their expectations (Docebo)

  • One in three workers said their employer’s training is out-of-date (Docebo)

  • In the U.S., 32% of workers said training is critical (Docebo)

  • In the past five years, 34% of companies increased their relocation-package offerings to top candidates beyond their geographic area (Robert Half)

  • 30% of companies don’t offer any relocation incentives (Robert Half)

  • 44% of employees cited better pay and perks as the top considerations in their decision to relocate, followed by family or personal reasons (17%), cost of living (16%) and career advancement (16%) (Robert Half)

  • 80% of Gen Z employees think they’ll need a bachelor’s degree to get their dream job but only 30% think they’ll be able to repay their student loans (InsideOut)

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Topics: Employee Engagement + Loyalty, Benefits Trends

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