WHEATFIELD, NY (WKBW) – The Niagara County Department of Employment and Training hosted a job fair with over 40 employers Wednesday afternoon. The director, Don Jablonski, said they had to turn down at least 15 other employers who wanted the opportunity to find employees in Niagara County.
“These companies are desperately looking for new employees to fill positions that they probably have not been occupying for probably a year or more,” Jablonski said.
Jablonski said he sees most businesses in Niagara County adding signature bonuses, increasing their starting rates or increasing their benefits to get people to apply.
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Two companies that are raising salaries are Mosquito Joe and IIMak. IIMak Senior HR Manager Jim Muscoreil said the applicant’s pool for the manufacturing company is so small because many people choose to stay on unemployment benefits.
“It has been the most difficult challenge of my life. I have been in HR for 20 years, ”said Muscoreil. “Unemployment is so high, and with the extra incentives from the state and the federal government, it has certainly created a challenge.”
Muscoreil said IIMak increased its starting salary from the $ 15- $ 16 range to somewhere between $ 17 and $ 19 for most entry-level production jobs.
Scott Franasiak, owner and operator of Mosquito Joe Mosquito Joe of the Greater Buffalo Region, said his mosquito control service is increasing its starting rate from just over the minimum wage to $ 15.
“In terms of applicant flow, probably the lowest I’ve ever seen since we’ve been in business,” Franasiak said. “We have increased our starting salary and have become very aggressive with salary increases to keep people who are the best performers.”
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