Recruiters are probably secretly anticipating the next recession. Their jobs are just getting too hard. The big bosses won't loosen up on salaries, so they're having to turn to juicier benefits packages to land the big fish.

A survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 38 percent of professionals involved in recruiting "leveraged benefits to recruit employees at all levels during the past 12 months."

That, said SHRM, represents "a statistically significant increase from 26 percent in 2013 and 29 percent in 2012.'

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.