sign saying awesome benefits More than half of employers expect to increase their headcount over the next two years, but that will be a challenge considering there are currently more job openings than individuals to fill those positions. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As competition for talent heats up amid very low unemployment, winning workers has become even more important than controlling the costs of employee benefits, according to the 2018 Gallagher Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey.

Indeed, 60 percent of 4,241 U.S. employers surveyed by Gallagher say that attracting and retaining talent is their number one operational priority — in sharp contrast to the 37 percent of employers who rank controlling benefit costs as their top priority. And nearly half (45 percent) of employers have chosen not to increase employee cost sharing of health care benefits.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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