There were more than 10 million open jobs in the U.S. in August, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and employers are scrambling to fill the gaps.
It’s a job market where workers have an increasing amount of leverage, and where hefty signing bonuses have become the norm across industries. On the employment site Indeed, 5% of all job postings included hiring incentives, such as cash or signing bonuses earlier this month. That’s more than double from a year ago.
There’s some fine print: Many companies require new hires to stay in a role for a minimum length of time before collecting their bonuses. Still, any way you slice it, applicants today have a good chance of earning an extra check just by signing hiring paperwork.
Here are some of the highest bonuses we’ve seen so far.