Survey: Most Human Resources Officials Oppose Minimum-Wage Hike

Survey: Most Human Resources Officials Oppose Minimum-Wage Hike

NEWTON, MASS. —In a poll of human resources professionals in restaurant, retail, health care and transportation industries, most said they oppose raising the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour, reported Humetrics, a research division of Deploy Solutions, based here.

Humetrics gathered opinions from more than 1,000 HR and operations professionals on labor costs. On the issue of a higher federal minimum wage, 47 percent said they opposed it, while 31 percent favored it. Sixteen percent said the minimum wage in their state already was higher than the proposed rate. —In a poll of human resources professionals in restaurant, retail, health care and transportation industries, most said they oppose raising the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour, reported Humetrics, a research division of Deploy Solutions, based here.

When asked how their companies would absorb the cost of higher wages, more than 62 percent said they would raise prices, while 42 percent stated they would reduce workers’ hours. Twenty-seven percent indicated that the increased labor costs would negatively impact their bottom lines. About 18 percent said they would change their mix of part-time and full-time employees to compensate for the increased costs. —In a poll of human resources professionals in restaurant, retail, health care and transportation industries, most said they oppose raising the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour, reported Humetrics, a research division of Deploy Solutions, based here.