Review sees ag companies giving raises and hiring

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In the United States and Canada, more than 90 percent of companies expect all or some agribusiness staff employees to see salary increases in the next year, according to the new “ 2012-2013 Agribusiness HR Review.”

Around 90 percent of companies expect the size of their workforce to increase or stay the same over the next two years—96 percent in the U.S. and 88 percent in Canada. The most common reason noted for the increase in workforce was a result of ‘growth strategy.’

The outlook for agribusinesses remains strong according to the 2012-2013 Agribusiness HR Review. The review is compiled using data from agribusiness employers and is now available to download free online. Information on emerging industry trends and developments across a range of human resource practices are included.

A majority of companies responding has a structured staff performance system in place and link performance to a reward. Awarding bonuses is the number one way companies motivate employees to keep them productive and challenged by their role (77 percent in the U.S. and 72 percent in Canada) according to respondents.

Approximately half of employers measure employee satisfaction (58 percent in the U.S. and 43 percent in Canada), with internal surveys being the number one form of measurement. The majority of companies conduct exit interviews.

According to, performance systems and employee satisfaction measures should not be taken lightly because of their ability to provide valuable data to assist in improving employee morale and strengthening retention.

The HR Review data shows that referrals still rank highest as the most effective means of reaching prospective candidates, followed by online job boards, such as Employers plan to do more college/university recruiting in the next five years (64 percent in the U.S. and 70 percent in Canada), with the number one reason being career progression and succession planning strategies. has previously recognized the need for strong collegiate recruiting programs and offers opportunities for employers to interact with students and faculty through the HR Roundtable, College & University Newsletter and database, and campus ambassador program.

Additional detailed information with specifics to areas noted above and many other topics are reported in the survey including subject areas as turnover, seasonal staff, training, overtime, benefits, employer branding and retirement. A free copy of the Agribusiness HR Review simply requires clicking through the links to download a copy.

Separate U.S. and Canadian editions are available by clicking U.S. Agribusiness HR Review or Canadian Agribusiness HR Review. More information is also available by e-mailing

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