Covid vaccine mandates jump in new job posts

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Job postings that require a Covid-19 vaccine have risen sharply at a variety of companies over the past month, according to a new analysis published by Jobsite Indeed.

The increase is because the highly contagious Delta variant caused a surge in virus cases, vaccines have become more widely available, and more and more companies are mandating vaccinations when they bring their employees back to the office.

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The proportion of jobs that require a Covid vaccine increased 34% on August 7, compared to the previous month, according to Indeed data. (The analysis uses a 7-day moving average.)

Other job advertisements aren’t that specific; they ask for a vaccination without explicitly mentioning Covid. These offers have increased by 90% over the same period.

“You don’t mean the polio vaccine. It’s so obvious [they mean Covid-19]”Said AnnElizabeth Konkel, economist at Indeed Hiring Lab, who wrote the analysis.

The surge in companies needing a vaccine for new hires also coincided with a record number of US job openings in June.

Despite the large percentage growth, the total number of positions that applicants commit with a vaccine is still relatively small, Konkel said.

For example, in software development, around 438 jobs out of 1 million required a vaccine in July. However, according to Indeed, that represents a more than 10,000% increase from February’s 3.5 posts per million.

The trend is similar in many other industries and professions that did not require large numbers of vaccinations, such as: B. Accounting, Retail and Marketing, so the analysis.

“By and large, the trend is for more job postings to require the Covid-19 vaccine,” said Konkel. “I really believe we are on the cusp of a potentially booming trend.”

The seven-day average of new Covid cases on Wednesday (more than 114,000 infections) rose 64% from just two weeks earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average number of cases is at its highest level since February.

In particularly affected areas like Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, cases have tripled or quadrupled in the past month.

New cases, hospital admissions and deaths occur predominantly among the unvaccinated. According to the CDC, only 59% of Americans eligible for Covid-19 vaccine (anyone aged 12 and over) are fully vaccinated. About half of all Americans are fully vaccinated.

More than a dozen large U.S. corporations, including Walmart, Google, Tyson Foods, United Airlines, and McDonald’s, recently announced vaccination mandates for some or all of their employees. The Pentagon said Monday that vaccines will be mandatory for service members by mid-September.

“We have heard from many of you since City Hall that you would feel more comfortable going back to the office if you had more certainty that your coworkers were vaccinated,” said Heidi Capozzi, Global Chief People Officer of McDonald’s, in a received internal communication from CNBC.

“We are also being urged by state and local governments to mandate vaccinations for company employees because vaccinating a larger proportion of the population reduces our own chances of getting infected and helps protect the community,” Capozzi continued.

Several large companies have also postponed plans to bring employees back to the office. Facebook, Amazon, and Lyft, for example, recently postponed return to work plans into 2022.

The growing list of companies mandating vaccinations could normalize the requirement and prompt other reluctant employers to do the same, Konkel said. This is particularly likely if the Food and Drug Administration grants full approval to one or more Covid vaccines.

I really believe we are on the cusp of a potentially booming trend.

AnnElizabeth Konkel

Economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab

The FDA has only approved Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for emergency use so far.

The Pfizer agency is expected to give full approval shortly. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s foremost infectious disease expert, said he hoped it would be done by the end of August.

“If that is the case, you will see the empowerment of local businesses that can mandate such as colleges, universities, businesses, etc., and I strongly support that,” said Fauci.

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