Despite the crucial role of employers in creating opportunities for low-wage, entry-level workers, there's little research on employers’ perspectives. This report sheds some light on the topic from data collected as part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative. Engaging Employers explores whether employers value workforce intermediaries, to what extent employers support low-income, entry-level workers in their human resources policies, and more.
Employers worry that low-income individuals are a business risk.
Workforce intermediaries screen both employers and applicants, benefiting both parties.
Employers value the advice of trusted workforce intermediaries on expanding support to low-income workers.
Technical skills are essential for long-term employee retention and advancement.
Statements & Quotations
In just about every area of the United States, exploding demand for health care services – as the population ages and technology becomes increasingly sophisticated – is outstripping the supply of trained workers.
With regard to welfare recipients and other non-traditional categories of workers, skill levels are not the major issue that keeps them from being hired or gets them fired. The biggest issue that we face with nontraditional workers is attendance.
– HR manager from a health care billing service
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