January 27, 2014

Adams County Wage & Benefit Survey

DECATUR  — A comprehensive survey of wages and benefits offered by Adams County employers will be conducted by the Adams County Economic Development Corp. beginning Feb. 15.

Larry Macklin, executive director of the ACEDC, said information gathered from the survey has two primary uses for the EDC. It gives real and up-to-date data that can be used to market Adams County as a cost-effective location for business and it helps companies considering locating or expanding operations in Adams County understand wages and benefits needed to be competitive in the local labor market.

The ACEDC is reaching out to the county’s largest employers as well as those in key industrial and other business sectors to participate in the survey. “We want the results of the survey to be as complete as possible,” Macklin explained, in encouraging all non-retail businesses to participate. “The wider the participation, the more comprehensive and accurate the results of the survey,” he said.

The survey is conducted online at . Potential participants should contact Macklin or Sally Jackson, executive assistant at the ACEDC, at 724.2588 to obtain the survey code needed to register.

The survey collects thousands of pieces of data about compensation practices of participating companies. It collects average starting, average actual and average maximum rates of pay for more than 130 job titles, from company president and CEO to clerical and janitorial positions. Information also is collected about health care plans and costs, time off policies and practices, pension and retirement benefits, training, recruiting and workplace benefits such as child care, tuition assistance and telecommuting.

Information provided by participants is confidential. The survey is conducted by a third-party company with several years of experience in protecting confidentiality of participants in conducting similar surveys for local and regional economic development groups.

In addition, the survey asks about anticipated hiring needs, which job skills are most in demand and which positions are most difficult to fill.

The survey will be open Feb. 15 – April 1. For further information about the survey or to make arrangements to participate, please contact Sally at 724.2588 or