Tight labor market demands competitive pay

STRATEGIZING: Ocean State Job Lot officials, from left, Donna McLeod, director of recruitment; Bob Selle, chief human resources officer; Lisa Pereira, talent acquisition; and Kara Reddy, talent acquisition specialist, campus and social recruitment, conduct a strategy ­meeting.  
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
STRATEGIZING: Ocean State Job Lot officials, from left, Donna McLeod, director of recruitment; Bob Selle, chief human resources officer; Lisa Pereira, talent acquisition; and Kara Reddy, talent acquisition specialist, campus and social recruitment, conduct a strategy ­meeting. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
The minimum wage increased in Rhode Island this month to $10.50 an hour, the second bump in two years. For the estimated 20,000 to 30,000 Rhode Islanders working at a primary job that pays that mandatory floor, this meant an immediate raise. But for many businesses whose pay ranges exceed the minimum, the tight labor…

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