Employer-Provided Benefits in Southern Oregon – Results from the 2018 Survey

by Guy Tauer

February 7, 2019

We recently published the statewide results from our summer 2018 survey of private Oregon businesses regarding the benefits they offer and provide to their employees. Those results and findings can be found in the Employer-Provided Benefits: Offerings, Enrollment, and Rising Costs report.

Looking at benefits provision in Southern Oregon, in this survey defined as Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties, we find overall rates just slightly lower for most categories of commonly provided benefits. Overall, 72 percent of Southern Oregon employers offered one or more benefits to some or all of their employees. That’s slightly less than the 75 percent overall benefit provision rate for Oregon statewide.
In Southern Oregon and statewide, employers were more likely to offer benefits to full-time employees than part-time employees. Employee medical coverage, the most common benefit offering, was extended to full-time employees by 52 percent of Southern Oregon employers, and by 57 percent of employers statewide. Only 7 percent of Southern Oregon employers offered medical coverage to part-time employees, compared with 10 percent statewide.

Paid holidays were offered by 51 percent of Southern Oregon employers, just slightly less than Oregon statewide, with 54 percent offering paid holidays. Again, employer offerings differed by employee type. About one-fifth of employers in Southern Oregon offered their part-time workers paid holidays in 2018. A slightly lower share of employers were offering paid vacation time to their full-time employees, with Southern Oregon (44%) again trailing statewide provision rates (48%). The share of Southern Oregon employers who are offered full-time employees annual pay raises (46%); dental coverage (40%); vision coverage (36%); performance bonuses (33%); and family medical coverage (40%) all had slightly lower shares of provision than for Oregon overall, but not statistically significant differences based on the margin of error within the survey results.
According to our survey results, the era of employers offering a defined retirement benefit in Oregon’s private-sector industries is dwindling . Just 2 percent of Southern Oregon private-sector employers offered defined benefit retirement plans in 2018, slightly lower than the rate for Oregon statewide (5%).

Another benefit that was offered less often in Southern Oregon was telecommuting. Statewide, 15 percent of employers offered this benefit. In Southern Oregon, just 9 percent of employers provided telecommuting benefits. In the Portland area, a surprising 24 percent of employers offered telecommuting to their full-time employees. But then, with the traffic and other commuting challenges workers there face, maybe it’s not that surprising.

About the Survey

In Southern Oregon, 1,400 employers were sent survey forms, with 577 surveys completed and submitted, for a 41 percent response rate. Due to a smaller sample size for local areas, the margin of error is larger. The statewide error range for this survey was +/- 1.4 percent, while in Southern Oregon the margin of error in the survey results was +/- 3.9 percent. This means that a small difference between statewide and Southern Oregon benefit provision rates may not be statistically significant. The difference could be due to the smaller sample size and larger margin of error in the local survey results compared with statewide figures.

For more detailed data, regional information and interactive graphs, go to https://www.QualityInfo.org/benefits.


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