The health insurance industry is facing a number of unknowns while continuing to evolve in the pandemic’s wake. Our team has frequent conversations with health insurance leaders across the country, keeping a pulse on how they are preparing for the unexpected, while accommodating the needs of both their employees and members. Below are a few key areas that are on our radars as we approach the second half of 2022.
April saw strong job growth in the insurance labor market with the addition of nearly 20,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unsurprisingly, the unemployment rate for insurance carriers and related activities continued its steady decline since February, dropping to just 1.4% in April. Unemployment held steady at 3.6% for the overall U.S. economy, hitting 15-months of steady job growth. With reports wage growth isn’t keeping pace with rising inflation, we’re continuing to see many clients rethink their compensation and overall retention strategies. For more on comprehensive retention strategies, view our latest white paper: Retaining Top Talent in Today’s Competitive Labor Market.
For years, the insurance industry has explored how to best recruit and engage young professionals. Millennials have long been the focus of these conversations; yet, the oldest Millennials are now in their early 40s and stepping into more senior- and executive-level roles. Generation Z is the newest generation to enter the workforce and brings its own distinct characteristics, work styles and expectations.
The insurance labor market remains incredibly tight, with a slight drop in unemployment and the loss of 1,400 jobs in March. Unemployment also fell for the overall U.S. economy, which has seen a 14-month streak of steady job growth. Job openings within the larger finance and insurance sector remain relatively high; yet, the industry continues to lack available talent to fill these open roles.
We’re in one of the most challenging recruiting climates in decades, making it more important than ever for insurers to hone their hiring and retention strategies. In our conversations with hiring managers, as well as in our own experience as recruiters, we’re seeing an uptick in counteroffers from candidates’ current employers. Considering 72% of insurers are planning to hire this year, counteroffers will likely become even more prevalent. In this edition of Recruiter Report, we’re sharing insight on a pressing question: How can organizations most effectively handle counteroffers?
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