Employers in the utilities, mining, and pharmaceutical-manufacturing sectors
offer high levels of employee benefits overall, but they still trail the government,
education, and nonprofit sectors in providing benefits, according to a new study
from Mercer Human Resource Consulting.
The study looked at more than 890 US employers, finding that benefit levels
at government employers are 26 percent higher than the median benefit levels
of employers across all industries. Benefit levels in education were 18 percent
higher and 15 percent higher in large nonprofit organizations.
For-profit industries providing high levels of benefits include utilities (12
percent higher than market median), mining (11 percent higher), and pharmaceutical
and medicine manufacturing (10 percent).
In contrast, industries providing the lowest overall benefit levels are accommodation
and food services (30 percent lower than market median), wholesale (28 percent
lower), and retail (27 lower).
Employers in the Northeastern region of the United States offer the highest
benefit levels overall, followed by those on the West Coast.
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