In a recent survey of Milwaukee-area companies, 90 percent of responding organizations said they’ve adjusted employee pay ranges for 2022 to help with recruitment.

The survey was conducted earlier this month by human resources firm MRA, which has offices in Waukesha as well as in Illinois and Minnesota. It tapped 159 metro Milwaukee companies with questions about how they’re attracting talent amid fierce competition for workers.

Seventy-four percent of respondents in the region said they’re “occasionally to very frequently” offering candidates starting salaries outside of the typical range. And 37 percent said they’re offering a signing bonus to some, or all, of their new hires. Of that number, 75 percent have some sort of retention requirement, typically for at least one year of employment.

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