ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Even though countless businesses across the Commonwealth are looking to hire employees, not very many of them have actually been able to do so.
Everywhere you look, you see hiring signs in windows, as well as posts on company websites and social media, in hopes of bringing in new employees. However, with costs continuously rising, people aren’t applying for just any job.
According to Charysse Hairston, assistant director of workforce innovations at Total Action for Progress (TAP), even with all the available resources and opportunities to help people get jobs, it is difficult for them to find a position that pays enough to make ends meet.
“If you can’t pay for groceries and you can’t pay for gas to get to work and you’re barely making it, taking an entry-level role doesn’t make sense for them, and they’re trying to figure out how to make more,” said Hairston.
However, it’s not just those in need of a job who are facing a crisis. Employers are facing challenges to provide what people to survive when it comes to pay, especially in an entry-level position.
Louis Wilson, owner of Burger in the Square in Roanoke, is no stranger to the challenges of trying to hire employees amid this financial climate.
“People expect more, they expect a higher starting pay, and a lot of times for smaller mom and pops, that’s harder to do,” Wilson said.
While it’s no secret that financial concerns are weighing on most people’s minds, employment experts say that’s opened many employees’ eyes to how their jobs impact them and their families in other areas as well.
“People are considering more than just finances when it comes to assessing a job,” Hairston explained. “They’re looking at, holistically, how does that work environment impact them and their family.”
Like many business owners, Wilson says that he has had to alter the way his restaurant handles hiring employees, adding that he now brings on people with less experiences and puts in additional training in order to make up for that.