A new survey from Accountemps found that many US employers are using incentives and “perks” to attract new employees and keep current ones loyal, in lieu of pay increases. Accountemps surveyed more than 1,400 CFOs from US companies with 20 or more employees. The findings indicate employers are more willing to negotiate on incentives, such as paid training and telecommuting, than on raises.

The article, found on msnbc.com, stated that despite an improvement in economic conditions, employers still felt the pressure to keep costs controlled. Additionally, some past research indicates perks like subsidized training or an onsite fitness center might be important in attracting Generation Y employees.

What do you think? Is this true for consultants in Chicago, or are you most interested in your hourly rate?