sign saying awesome benefits Morethan half of employers expect to increase their headcount over thenext two years, but that will be a challenge considering there arecurrently more job openings than individuals to fill thosepositions. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As competition for talent heats up amid very low unemployment, winning workers hasbecome even more important than controlling the costs of employeebenefits, according to the 2018 Gallagher Benefits Strategy & BenchmarkingSurvey.

Indeed, 60 percent of 4,241 U.S. employers surveyed by Gallaghersay that attracting and retaining talent is their numberone operational priority — in sharp contrast to the 37 percent ofemployers who rank controlling benefit costs as their toppriority. And nearly half (45 percent) of employers have chosen notto increase employee cost sharing of health carebenefits.

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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.