February 21, 2022 6:00am

Power Poll: Birmingham's hiring environment

Influential Magic City leaders sound off on the competition for talent

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Birmingham, AL Correspondent
 

The hiring environment in metro Birmingham is tough, and many believe it’s getting even tougher.

That’s the big takeaway from this month's Birmingham Power Poll, which surveys influential local leaders each month on key topics in the community.

Power Poll Birmingham is not a scientific poll, but does offer a window into the perspectives of influential Birmingham community and business leaders.

Businesses around the nation are reporting significant difficulties recruiting and retaining talent in the Covid-19 era, and Birmingham businesses aren’t immune.

Nearly 85% of respondents reported difficulty finding talent, with 44% experiencing significant difficulty.

The competitive labor market has been straining businesses since the economic recovery from the pandemic ramped up in early 2021, and 44% of Power Poll respondents said the challenges have gotten worse over the last six months.

Many employers are taking strategic steps to attract and retain talent in this environment. One common tactic is higher pay, but not all employers are buying in.

More than one-third (37%) of Power Poll respondents said they plan to raise pay in the next three months due to the current hiring climate.

This month's Power Poll surveyed 114 leaders with a response rate of 37%.

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