A Missouri restaurant worker used the labor shortage to get a new job at Domino's, win a quick promotion, and buy a 2nd vehicle, a report says

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A Missouri restaurant worker used the labor shortage to get a new job at Domino's, win a quick promotion, and buy a 2nd vehicle, a report says
The labor shortage is giving many workers the upper hand. Sunday Alamba / AP Images
  • Some workers say they're seeing better career opportunities in a tight US labor market.
  • A Domino's worker in Missouri said he secured a speedy promotion and more pay because of this.
  • Experts say employees have the upper hand for the first time in years.

The tight labor market in the US is helping some workers secure better-paying jobs and win quick promotions. Keith Lane appears to be among them.

Lane told the Missouri newspaper the Springfield News-Leader that he was laid off from his job at a McAlister's Deli at Springfield-Branson National Airport early in the coronavirus pandemic and was out of work for four months. He later returned to McAlister's, briefly, but then secured what he said was a better job at a Domino's location in Springfield.

According to the Springfield News-Leader, Domino's promoted Lane to assistant manager within six months. Lane said this helped him buy a second vehicle, using the cash he pulled in from working the extra hours that were on offer.

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Lane and others have taken advantage of the tight labor market by switching out of lower-paying or less desirable jobs. Some are even rage-quitting in anticipation that plenty more job opportunities exist.

Businesses across the US are struggling to find workers. There were a record 10.1 million job openings in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many are calling it a job seeker's market, in which, for the first time in years, employees have the upper hand. And some businesses are going to extreme lengths to hire new workers, beyond wage increases, bonuses, and perks.

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Amazon, for instance, recently recommended that its delivery partners no longer screen would-be drivers for marijuana use. One restaurant manager described being so desperate for workers that she knowingly employed workers who were rude and who went on to scare off customers.

"We had a tightening labor market before the crisis, and the war for talent was already picking up," Diane Swonk, the chief economist at Grant Thornton, previously told NBC News. "By both constraining supply and boosting demand, we have put the whole labor market on steroids."

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