Archive for November, 2013

Co-workers with Jacksonville transporation jobs spend Thanksgiving together

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

As the holiday season commences, it’s a good time to reflect on how co-workers with Jacksonville transportation jobs are spending their holidays together.

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, one out of five employees will be spending the holidays with each other.

Workers Who Celebrate Thanksgiving With Co-Workers By:

Cities with Largest Economies

· Atlanta – 35 percent

· Dallas – 30 percent

· San Francisco – 23 percent

· Phoenix – 22 percent

· Washington DC – 20 percent

· Los Angeles – 16 percent

· New York – 16 percent

· Philadelphia – 11 percent

· Chicago – 8 percent

· Boston – 6 percent

By Industry

· Transportation and Utilities – 28 percent

· Retail – 25 percent

· Finance – 23 percent

· Healthcare – 23 percent

· IT – 23 percent

· Leisure and Hospitality – 21 percent

By Diverse Groups

· African American workers – 32 percent

· LGBT workers – 25 percent

· Disabled workers – 22 percent

· Asian workers – 19 percent

· Hispanic workers – 18 percent

This compares to 15 percent of non-diverse workers.

By Age

· 18-24 – yes, 21 percent

· 25-34 – yes, 17 percent

· 35-44 – yes, 22 percent

· 45-54 – yes, 18 percent

· 55+ – yes, 16 percent

Not everyone gets to enjoy the holiday at home.

Fourteen percent of workers said they have to work on Thanksgiving, with hospitality workers the most likely to be on the clock:

· Leisure and Hospitality – 36 percent

· Retail – 29 percent

· Healthcare – 23 percent

· Transportation and Utilities – 21 percent

Technical jobs in Jacksonville get a boost

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

There could be more technical jobs in Jacksonville after the new labor numbers were published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment increased by 204,000 in October. Job growth averaged 190,000 per month over the prior 12 months.

In October, job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, retail trade, professional and technical services, manufacturing, and health care.

Federal government employment continued to trend down. There were no discernible impacts of the partial federal government shutdown on the estimates of employment, hours, and earnings from the establishment survey.

The unemployment rate was little changed at 7.3 percent.

Among the unemployed, however, the number who reported being on temporary layoff increased by 448,000.

Leisure and hospitality employment rose by 53,000 in October. Within the industry, employment in food services and drinking places increased by 29,000, the same as its average monthly gain over the prior 12 months.

Employment in retail trade increased by 44,000 in October, compared with an average monthly gain of 31,000 over the prior 12 months.

Job growth was widespread within the industry in October, with gains in food and beverage stores (+12,000), electronics and appliance stores (+10,000), sporting goods and hobby stores (+8,000), general merchandise stores (+8,000), and building material and garden supply stores (+7,000). Clothing and clothing accessories stores lost 13,000 jobs.

Professional and technical services employment rose in October (+21,000) and has grown by 213,000 over the past 12 months. Within the industry, employment in management and technical consulting services rose by 8,000 in October.

Manufacturing added 19,000 jobs in October, with job growth occurring in motor vehicles and parts (+6,000), wood products (+3,000), and furniture and related products (+3,000). On net, manufacturing employment has changed little since February 2013.

Do people negotiate for Jacksonville jobs?

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

People may not be negotiating for benefits when it comes to Jacksonville jobs, according to a recent survey.

Only 14 percent of hiring managers in the accounting and finance fields are willing to negotiate employee development opportunities during the hiring process even though 26 percent report most employees leave their companies because of lack of career development opportunities, according to Accounting Principals’ latest Workplace Insights Survey.

Finance hiring managers are most willing to negotiate salary (39 percent), ahead of vacation time (11 percent), flex time (11 percent), device benefits, such as phone bill reimbursement (7 percent), or title (4 percent).

The survey showed that 39 percent of finance hiring managers believes their company has a harder time retaining talent than three years ago.

Other findings include:

  • Salaries Expected to Increase in 2014. Half (52 percent) of finance hiring managers expect they will increase pay in 2014.
  • Recruiting mid-level talent in finance continues to be a recruiting pain point. Of the respondents, 38 percent cited mid-level positions as the most difficult to fill, but only 8 percent believe the same is true of executive roles.
  • Diversity programs have yet to become the norm at companies. Less than half of those surveyed (44 percent) said their company has a diversity program in place. Of those hiring managers who do have a diversity program at their company, only 22 percent said they are regularly measured against the program’s success.  The same number of respondents said their company has a diversity program in place, but it is more of a formality and not enforced