In a growing job market, many industries are seeing rising wages and increased spending on salaries. The health care industry is no exception. 

In order to address shortages in health care positions and fill high-demand positions, hospitals have been forced to try a variety of strategies like offering higher salaries, increasing recruitment and retention bonuses and using agency staff – all of which are very expensive, said Ann Zenk, senior vice president of workforce and clinical practice for the Wisconsin Hospital Association. 

Average hourly wages for Milwaukee-area general health care practitioners and technical occupations rose 7.7% from May 2019 to May 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Positions in high demand saw increases even higher: 8.6% for health care support positions, 8.9% for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians and 10.8% for nursing assistants. 

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