|Department of Corrections looks to fill vacant jobs in South Carolina|
|By foxcarolina.com- Sarah Danik|
There's a visible effort underway right now in South Carolina and Puerto Rico to recruit prison workers. Right now, more than 650 positions remain unfilled in the state.
You may have noticed billboards in the Upstate and around the state. The Director of the Department of Corrections, Bryan Stirling, told us they're spending close to $1 million in advertising to recruit and retain workers, including corrections officers, nurses and social workers.
They're also working to increase salaries and pay overtime and bonuses to their employees, something they hope will attract more potential employees.
"Our salaries are now getting in the range where they are competitive. We still have a ways to go. So for the viewers in your area, they would start at around $34,000 to $37,000, depending on what institution they went to. And then after six months, they'd move up another $700 to $1,000," said Stirling.
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