The number of companies requiring new employees to prove they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 has nearly doubled, according to an analysis of job listings, which could make it even more difficult for them to find qualified workers at a time when they are already struggling to find quality staff.
Though the number of job listings for employers requiring employees to be vaccinated is still a “small fraction” overall, it’s clear that more companies are jumping on the vaccine mandate bandwagon, the analysis found.
By Aug. 7, the number of listings for jobs requiring vaccinated applicants grew by 90 percent from the previous month, or almost double what the figure was from July, according to a report from AnnElizabeth Konkel, an economist with online job board Indeed.com.
In her report, Konkel said that requirements for applicants and employees to have the COVID jab grew in many sectors where vaccines had not previously been mandated.
The numbers may be a bit confusing. For instance, the report says that COVID-mandates in job listings are up just 34 percent from July to August, but overall job listings requiring ‘vaccinations’ are up by 90 percent.
“They don’t mean the polio vaccine. It’s so apparent [they mean Covid-19],” Konkel told CNBC last week.
The financial news network also noted that the jump in COVID-19 vaccine mandates for new employees “also coincides with a record number of U.S. job openings in June.”
The smallish numbers belie the dramatic growth in mandate job listings.
For instance, in the software development industry, about 438 job posts out of every 1 million required new hires to be vaccinated in July. But that’s a 10,000-percent increase from 3.5 mandate listings in February, according to Konkel’s analysis. “To be sure, Covid vaccines weren’t as widely available earlier this year,” CNBC added as a caveat.
In other industries where vaccine mandates were not prevalent, firms and companies are increasingly requiring the shot for new hires. And Konkel believes the number of companies doing so will only increase.
“Broadly, the trend is more job postings are requiring the COVID-19 vaccine,” Konkel told CNBC. “I really think we’re on the cusp of a potentially booming trend.”
The upward trend is also likely to increase as another wave of coronavirus cases related to the Delta variant expands across the country.
Already, several of the nation’s biggest companies have announced vaccine mandates for employees. They include Tyson Foods, United Airlines, Walmart, Google, and McDonald’s.
Also, the Pentagon recently announced that all service members will have to be vaccinated as well, and the Biden administration has said that all federal employees will be required to get the jab as well, though some government employee unions are already pushing back.
In addition, many college and university campuses are requiring students returning for fall classes to be vaccinated, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has implemented a vaccine mandate for most venues there.
Last month, de Blasio asked all private employers in the city to impose vaccine mandates on their employees “immediately,” and many have followed suit.
“COVID-19 vaccinations only became widely available during late spring and summer, so vaccination requirement trends may rapidly change in coming months,” Konkel wrote in her report.
“With vaccination rates still not where they need to be to beat COVID-19, employers are doing what they can to keep their doors open and their staff safe by requiring vaccination.”
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