Employees aren't satisfied with their jobs, and while employers say it's because of the skills shortage, the truth might be simpler: higher pay and better benefits.

HRDive reports that while 92 percent of employers surveyed in the Hays U.S. 2018 Salary Guide say that severe skills shortages in their industries are weighing on productivity, employee satisfaction and turnover–with construction and the life sciences reporting the greatest shortages–the actual reason may have more to do with pay than skills.

The guide finds that the most common recruiting methods are promoting company culture (48 percent) and offering competitive salaries (43 percent), but points out that employers have to be proactive about hiring and retention amid a shortage of skills and a competitive market for talent.

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