Active Wellness manages more than 60 sites across the U.S. and Canada, and employs approximately 250 full-time, and 950 part-time people.
“We’re in a very unique labor market,” says Beth Stansberry, the director of HR at the Airport Health Club in Santa Rosa, CA. “The cost of living is very high, but the overall wages tend to be lower in comparison. The IHRSA report is very helpful, in that it validates our current pay and benefits structure, while giving us insights about areas where we could improve.”
Airport Health is a 44,000-square-foot, multipurpose, family-oriented facility with 3,900 members, that employs a staff of 180, 36 of that are full-time.
The Ever-changing Hiring Climate
This year’s report features a “Compensation Outlook” section, which notes that increased economic growth hasn’t had a significant impact on inflation. As measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), inflation increased by 2.5% in 2018, and is expected to drop to 2.1% in 2019, remaining historically low.
The unemployment rate, which began dropping from a historic high of 9.7% in 2010, reached an average of 3.9% in 2018. Unemployment is expected to fall even further, to 3.6%, this year. As a result, companies may begin to experience higher employee turnover as the competition for talent intensifies.
Last year, across all U.S. industries, salary budgets rose about 3%. As the country’s economy continues to grow at a steady pace, hiring should continue to be strong, putting upward pressure on compensation.