Vaccine mandates are rising in job vacancies

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Job advertisements are increasingly demanding more vaccinations from applicants, and the trend seems to be continuing.

According to an analysis published Tuesday by Ladders, a career site for high-income earners, the number of job postings placing candidates with a Covid-19 vaccine has doubled since the end of September.

“If something doubles from month to month, it signals real change in the economy and corporate behavior,” said Marc Cenedella, Founder and CEO of Ladders.

Job search trends typically take years or even decades to develop, he said.

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However, the proportion of entries that require a vaccine remains small in relation to the total number. According to the analysis, as of October 31, about 10,000 job ads – 5% of the total – required a Covid-19 vaccine.

But the rapid acceleration is remarkable and suggests the trend will continue for the foreseeable future, Cenedella said.

(Analysis of positions paying $ 80,000 or more annually examines entries on the Ladders website, as well as public advertisements on career websites of companies in the United States.)

Similarly, 2% of all US job postings advertise mandatory vaccination on the Indeed job site, according to economist AnnElizabeth Konkel, who analyzed company data on October 22nd.

For comparison: two months earlier, about 0.5% of Indeed job vacancies required vaccinations.

In October, the proportion was also higher for certain occupations than for others: Almost 7% of job advertisements in pharmacies and childcare contained vaccination requirements, according to Indeed.

The Biden government is expected to soon enact a rule requiring larger private sector employers to mandate vaccines for workers. (Unvaccinated people would have the option to get tested weekly and wear a mask at work.) It is expected to affect two-thirds of workers in the private sector.

The Food and Drug Administration granted Pfizer full U.S. approval for its Covid vaccine in August. The move should encourage some unvaccinated Americans to get the vaccination and give companies more confidence to ask for it.

According to a survey published Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a quarter of workers said their employer asked them to get a Covid-19 vaccine in October, up from 9% in June.

Adults with household incomes of $ 90,000 or more are more likely to report Covid-19 vaccine needs in the workplace than people with incomes below $ 40,000 – 31% versus 18%, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation survey.

There’s also a political split – 26% of Republicans said their employer requires vaccination or that they want their company to require vaccination; the proportion is 77% for the Democrats and 46% for the Independents.

Some companies and communities have made workers redundant or given unpaid leave for refusing to comply with vaccination regulations.

New York City, for example, has put about 9,000 urban workers on unpaid leave, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday. About 9 out of 10 urban workers covered by mandate have been vaccinated, he said.

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