As Competition for Workers Increases, So Does the Pay Scale | Daily Editorial

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When most people think of competition, their first thoughts may immediately go to a pitch or court, some sort of ball, and the game these components combine to create. But the competition is not limited to athletics.

People participate in various competitions daily. It can range from winning the daily Wordle to being the best family and friends in a board or video game and everything in between. Competition is everywhere, and while there are sore losers – and obnoxious winners – competition often brings out the best in us. It can be a motivating force that improves skills for the better.

Businesses are also no stranger to competition, and now may be the best time to be someone with the desirable skills businesses need. As the pandemic has caused some to leave the workforce, businesses of all types are doing everything they can to try to entice their workers to stay while attracting new employees. The biggest incentive a company can offer is salary.

The competition for workers has also spilled over to local governments. In an effort to stay more competitive, Glynn County approved wage increases for many of its workers last month. Police pay is also a hot topic as the forces face more police leaving the force.

Schools are not exempt from this trend either. As Glynn County Schools begins work on what its next fiscal budget will look like, a pay raise for teachers, staff, food service workers, bus drivers and other staff is taken taken into account in the budget process.

Andrea Preston, the school system‘s acting financial director, told the school board last week during a working session that the county is ranked at many different levels when it comes to comparing what the school system pays what other comparable systems pay. As an example, the county has one of the highest pay rates for substitute teachers, but was not ranked as high for regular teacher pay. This could be detrimental in the future.

Teachers, school staff, food service staff and bus drivers all play an important role in educating the next generation. Making sure we hang on to those who have done such a great job in these trying times, while encouraging more people to join the fold, will likely result in a pay rise.

Competition for workers today is as fierce as collisions on a football field. Glynn County, and especially our students, cannot afford the system to take a casual approach to the problem. Fortunately, it seems that the system is prepared for this competition.

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