|Administaff Announces Results of Business Survey and Compensation Data|
-- Most small businesses meeting or exceeding growth projections
HOUSTON, Aug 07, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Slightly more than 82 percent of small-business owners say their companies are either growing as predicted or at a faster pace than forecast at the beginning of the year, according to the results of a quarterly Business Confidence Survey released today by Administaff, a leading provider of human resources services for small and medium-sized businesses.
The majority of respondents - 59 percent - said they are meeting their initial business projections this year. Another 23 percent stated that they were exceeding their initial 2007 expectations.
To fill gaps in their work force, 50 percent said they were hiring additional full-time employees and 13 percent were turning to new part-time help. Forty-one percent were making do with existing staff.
Administaff also announced compensation data from its base of more than 5,800 small and medium-sized businesses. A comparison of second quarter data with the same period in 2006 indicates that average compensation is up 6.4 percent, and average commission rates have increased 11.7 percent. In addition, overtime pay is running 10.2 percent of regular pay.
"The owners of small and medium-sized businesses are dedicated to attracting and retaining solid workers and capitalizing on business opportunities, according to our latest survey results and compensation data," said Paul Sarvadi, Administaff's chairman and chief executive officer. "Such commitment bodes well for our national economic growth and indicates a strong demand for qualified employees to help business owners reach their goals."
Other highlights of the survey:
-- 58 percent of the executives surveyed said that a competitive salary and wage package is the top incentive for attracting new employees, while 26 percent pointed to a good benefits package. Others cited flexible scheduling, training and development, and vacation and additional paid time off.
-- Companies reported several strategies to retain employees, as 47 percent offered higher salaries, 46 percent provided workers with "new challenges and responsibilities" and 35 percent extended opportunities for advancement.
-- Among those firms actively hiring, 61 percent said they were attempting to attract older, more experienced workers.
Although most survey respondents reported meeting or exceeding their financial goals, they also said they face serious business challenges this year. Fifty-three percent said the greatest issue is "hiring the right employees," while 31 percent cited the cost of medical insurance coverage and 29 percent were concerned about increased competition from other businesses. Other concerns cited by respondents included economic conditions, the housing market, capital issues and regulatory compliance.
A number of business owners and managers stated that they expect their performance in the second half of 2007 to exceed that of the first six months, while others more directly tied to the sluggish real estate market were more cautious in their outlook.
About the Business Confidence Survey
Respondents to the Administaff Business Confidence Survey are owners and managers of the small and medium-sized companies Administaff serves throughout the country. The questions were designed to measure the pulse of the small-business community regarding year-to-date performance and the range of economic expectations for the remainder of 2007. The survey was conducted from July 23 through July 25 and has an overall sampling error of +/- 5 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.
Administaff is the nation's leading professional employer organization (PEO), serving as a full-service human resources department that provides small and medium-sized businesses with administrative relief, big-company benefits, reduced liabilities and a systematic way to improve productivity. The company operates 46 sales offices in 23 major markets. For additional information, visit Administaff's Web site at http://www.administaff.com.
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