“Some people have that as an established career already,” Melinda West, Staffmark’s area manager said. “But, people just moving into the workforce, they are not choosing this kind of career as much as the older generation did.”
“There’s not as much supply, so the demand for those types of skills, their wanting higher pay and things like that,” she said. “It can be hot and dirty work and that’s not attractive to everybody. We see less and less people that are younger generation wanting to get into what we consider manual skill labor.”
“Some companies don't have to do it because they have a really good package on the front end, where other companies that haven't had such a good package, maybe their starting pay isn't as competitive, they're having to up it,” West said. “We are seeing companies have to adjust their overall compensation plan to attract more people interested in that.”
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