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Small Business Wages are Climbing Fast!

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by Laleh Hassibi, PayScale.com

For the first time since the inception of The PayScale Index, small business wages are growing faster than their medium and large-sized business counterparts. This little but important fact has many sitting up and taking notice. Business Insider published an article about this fact noting that, “historically large companies experienced larger pay increases, however over the last two quarters this has switched.”

Small business highlights from The PayScale Index

  • Wages in Q3 2012 grew by 1.5 percent for small companies compared to only 1.1 percent for large companies.
  • This strong quarterly growth pushed small companies to the top for annual wage growth (3.7 percent vs. 2.4 percent for medium companies and 2.9 percent for large companies).
  • However, even with this strong performance, wage growth since 2006 for small companies still lags behind large companies, but it is catching up with medium companies.

Cruising at the Speed of Business

According to Katie Bardaro, PayScale’s lead economist, this is most likely a sign of change in the economy since small companies tend to show trends faster. “Small companies don’t have a corporate HR structure that people have to go through for hiring, so they’re a lot faster moving. So if they’re having wage increases that’s an encouraging sign that they’ll hopefully spread out to the larger and medium sized companies as well,” Bardaro said.

Don’t Risk Losing Key Talent

Hopefully this revelation from The PayScale Index has our small business friends paying attention because retaining talented employees has just gotten a bit more challenging. Simply having free chips and soda in your company kitchen and a ping-pong table won’t be enough to cut it now. It’s going to be crucial to get pay right in order to get and keep key people.

It’s almost more important to get salaries right if you're on the smaller end of the business scale. If talent leaves, your business will take a big hit. We’re talking missed deliverables, unmet deadlines, lost sales, etc. In a smaller company each talented employee is incrementally more valuable. You have to compete for talent with the big guys, and that often means paying wages that are comparable to what they’re offering.

Take a cruise through the interactive index to learn more about the current trends in wage growth, or download a free index report to find out what’s happening in your location or industry.

Is your small company keeping up with these latest trends? What are you doing to be competitive in the talent wars?

 

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  • Attract talent. Price jobs based on accurate market data.
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