OUR SURVEY SPONSORS
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ResourceMFG, a specialty division of EmployBridge, is the nation’s largest staffing company focused exclusively on the manufacturing industry, providing talent in production, welding, machine operations, assembly, quality, maintenance, supervision and all levels of management.
ProLogistix, a specialty division of EmployBridge, is the nation’s leading logistics workforce specialist, providing all levels of logistics personnel from entry-level, skilled and managerial talent for the warehouse to senior executives of the supply chain.
Select, a specialty workforce division of EmployBridge, offers rapid deployment capabilities for high-volume users of staffing in need of light industrial and clerical skills.
One of our specialty franchise divisions, Remedy is focused on quality staffing solutions for administrative, clerical and light industrial workforce needs.
One of our specialty franchise divisions, Westaff is an experienced provider of talent from administrative, accounting, and call center professionals to light industrial and technical personnel.
As workforce specialists, EmployBridge provides value-added workforce solutions and job opportunities. Combining the advantages of national scale, in-depth local market knowledge, supply-chain-specific expertise, and powerful recruiting and retention tools, EmployBridge is recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts as America’s largest industrial staffing firm. EmployBridge is also helping close the skills gap in America’s supply chain by providing free, career-focused skills development to its temporary associates through the firm’s Better WorkLife Academy.
The 2020 Voice of the Blue-Collar Worker is the nation’s largest annual survey of America’s hourly, blue-collar workforce.
The goal is to shed light on the unique factors that attract, motivate and retain the blue-collar workforce.
Today's job market is different than anything we've recently experienced, as employers and workers struggle to meet the demands of the new world of work amid a global pandemic.
About the 2020 voice of the blue-collar worker survey
Over 30,000 blue-collar workers told us what it takes for employers to recruit and retain them. By implementing practices that address the needs and wants of hourly workers, we can help our clients recruit high-quality talent, increase employee retention and reduce costly turnover, all while helping to keep the workforce safe in an uneasy time.
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THE BLUE-COLLAR LABOR MARKET
BY THE NUMBERS
Gone are the days of the 1940s when defining white-collar workers as using their heads and blue-collar workers as using their hands made sense.
Recent labor data indicates the balance of power has shifted from supply chain employers to supply chain workers. Today, there are more open jobs than available workers, creating increased competition for low-wage earners who now have their choice of employers. This is a starkly different picture of how the labor market worked a mere decade ago.
Blue-collar employees find themselves in the position of having options for the first time in a long time. This has empowered more than unemployed workers. Those in jobs have more incentive to leave for a better opportunity. What's more turnover costs employers a lot of money and reduces productivity.
NUMBERS OF WORKERS AVAILABLE
Manufacturing & Transportation
Warehousing & Utilities
NUMBERS OF WORKERS AVAILABLE
WHY WORKERS LEAVE (AND STAY)
up to 5 hours per week
5+ hours per week
Time employees would invest in learning a new skill
Today's blue-collar workers are also eager to learn new skills, which most see as the basis of a pay rise.
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Reason for learning a new skill
Fear current job will be eliminated
Transition out of industry
Earn more pay
Get ready for a new job /promotion
Great way to grow my career/skills
Want to pursue but have not had the opportunity
Perception of apprenticeships
Interested in apprenticeships
Time willing to invest
would invest personal time to learn a new skill
While pay is the largest factor in taking a new job, it is work culture that most often keeps blue-collar workers at their job.
*Real survey responses
What does good company culture mean to you?*
Skill development and promotion opportunities
The people I worked with
I was appreciated
Flexibility with college schedule
Company made me feel valued
Flexible with family and personal issues
Felt like I belonged
Treated like a person, not a number
Training/learning new skills
Main factors for accepting a job
The $4,659 it costs employers that lose one blue-collar worker can fund a $2.24 hourly pay raise instead. Only 17% reported leaving their last job to make more money. But for those who do leave a job because of money, $2.24 can be life-changing
Cost of losing 1 employee = $4,659*
$4,659 = $2.24 hourly pay raise
Employers could take the money it would cost to lose an employee and apply it towards a pay increase.
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Why Workers Leave (and Stay)
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In the days before the global COVID-19 pandemic, EmployBridge embarked on its 13th annual survey of the hourly workforce, hearing from over 30,000 blue-collar voices. The picture is clear. Employers who listen, learn, build and take action on the things that matter most to workers will see a significant increase in recruiting, retention and productivity.
Our Voice of the Blue-Collar Worker study - the nation's largest and longest-running survey of hourly workers - shows which factors matter most. Sign up today for an exclusive webinar with renowned industry leader, Brian Devine, to hear the latest survey results and its implications for employers. Results of the survey will be released here after the webinar!
THE NATION'S LARGEST SURVEY OF THE HOURLY WORKFORCE
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