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Employers in San Francisco Bay Area Sponsor High-Value Health Benefits Packages to Attract Top Talent

  • TriNet’s SMBeat shows total cost of health benefits to SMB employers and employees
  • Annual health benefits in San Francisco Bay Area cost an average of $10,400 per employee vs. $8,000 in New York and Los Angeles areas
  • Average annual health insurance expense is about $9,300 per employee; employers pay about $6,700

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. – MAY 15, 2014 – TriNet (NYSE: TNET), a leading cloud-based provider of HR services, today announced the findings of the April issue of its TriNet SMBeat. April’s report features an in-depth look at the total cost of health benefits to employers and employees across industries. According to the report, employers in the San Francisco Bay Area sponsor big-ticket health benefits packages, with an average cost of $10,400. The SMBeat report is a monthly analysis of small business employment and human capital economic indicators.

Total health benefit expenses are impacted by factors such as availability and cost of care across geographic regions. Employers often subsidize the costs of these health benefits as a means to attract and retain talent. As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, companies and employees are presented with new options when selecting their health insurance coverage. This means employers are faced with additional regulations and complexity when weighing if they will maintain health benefits despite the recent changes in national health insurance.

Below are the report’s key findings on employer contributions for employee benefits across industries and geographic regions. The data is sourced from TriNet’s more than 9,000 clients and approximately 240,000 worksite employees in the U.S[1].:

  • In the New York metro, greater Los Angeles area, and San Francisco Bay Area, employers contribute a similar percentage to their employees’ health benefits, averaging between 75%-78%. Health benefit packages in the New York metro and greater Los Angeles area cost an average of $8,000 per year per employee, approximately $2,400 less than the San Francisco Bay Area, with an average cost of $10,400.
  • Across all of TriNet’s clients, the total average annual health insurance expense is about $9,300 per employee. On average, employers pick up the tab for about $6,700 per employee.
  • Overall, approximately 15% of employees sampled have 100% of their health benefits costs covered by their employers.
In addition to the findings on health benefit packages, below are key findings on economic employment indicators across TriNet’s clients in April:
  • April’s net job growth rate for TriNet clients was 1.40%, a 69% increase from March’s net job growth rate of 0.83%
  • Retail/Wholesale jobs rebounded in April from the post-holiday and winter storm job loss slump. Overall, net job growth in this sector jumped 1.88%. New York State led the way with 2.19% net job growth.
  • The tech sector surpassed March’s growth, with net job growth increasing 1.87% in April. Atlanta posted the strongest net job growth with 3.33%, surpassing the tech hubs of Boston, Silicon Valley, New York, Los Angeles, and the Denver-Boulder area.
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[1] As of March 31, 2014

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