Archive for August, 2014

Jacksonville jobs needing a specialty

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Some employees want great skills as opposed to just a degree for Jacksonville jobs, according to a recent survey from Glassdoor.

Eighty-two percent of U.S. college grads believe their level of education has helped their careers. But seven in 10 (72 percent) employees2 believe specialized training to acquire specific skills is more valuable than a degree in the workplace.

More than three in five (63 percent) employees report learning new skills or receiving special training, compared to those who report receiving a college or graduate degree (45 percent), transitioning careers or looking for a new job or company (38 percent), and networking with professionals (34 percent), among other options.

About three in four (74 percent) employees believe their employers value work experience and related skills more than education when evaluating job candidates.

In fact, half (48 percent) of employees with a college degree believe their specific degree is not very relevant to the job they do today, and four in five (80 percent) admit they’ve never been asked about their college GPA (grade point average) during a job interview.

Fifty-three percent of employees also believe a graduate degree is no longer necessary to be offered a high-paying job.

Confidence in the job market held steady as 44 percent of employees, including those self-employed, believe it is likely they could find a job matched to their current experience and compensation levels in the next six months. However, among those unemployed but looking, 32 percent believe it is likely they could find a job in the next six months, up from 31 percent in the first quarter.

Thirty-seven percent of employees report they expect a pay raise in the next 12 months, down from 44 percent in the first quarter and 40 percent in the second quarter of 2013. More than two in five (43 percent) do not expect a pay raise, while one in five (20 percent) are unsure.

Layoff concerns edged up slightly, as 16 percent of employees report concern they could be laid off in the next six months, up one percentage point from last quarter. More employees (24 percent) report concern co-workers could be laid off in the next six months, also up one percentage point since last quarter.

People with Jacksonville jobs talk benefits

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Some people with Jacksonville jobs among other locations said in a recent survey that they are unwilling to negotiate key benefits.

The majority of survey respondents, both employed and unemployed, are actively looking for a new job (70%), yet very few responded that they would be willing to make the following sacrifices in order to accept a new opportunity:

Benefits – 13% would compromise on healthcare benefits and 14% on academic reimbursement
Vacation – 16% would accept reduced vacation or personal time
Compensation – 19% would accept reduced or no bonus and 20% would accept a lesser salary
Hours – 24% would work more hours
Workspace – 26% would consider having a small office or desk space
Commute – 28% would be willing to undertake a longer commute
Dress code – 30% would agree to a strict dress code
Temporary positions – 33% are willing to take on temporary or contract roles

Monster’s study “U.S. Workforce Talent” surveyed nearly 1,100 job seekers who are currently employed or desire employment in the next 12 months via an online survey. The study was designed to be inclusive of all Monster job seekers who have actively used their My Monster account over the past 3 years.

This is the second in a series of releases covering a range of the results from Monster’s Workforce Talent Survey, including current job seeker challenges, motivating factors driving them to a career change, their confidence in finding a job, and job outlook by several key occupations.

Retail jobs in Jacksonville get a boost

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

As the number of jobs grow nationwide, so grow the number of retail jobs in Jacksonville.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly report to show that in July, retail trade employment rose by 27,000. Employment continued to trend up in automobile dealers, food and beverage stores, and general merchandise stores. Over the past year, retail trade has added 298,000 jobs.

Employment in construction increased by 22,000 in July. Within the industry, employment continued to trend up in residential building and in residential specialty trade contractors. Over the year, construction has added 211,000 jobs.

Social assistance added 18,000 jobs over the month and 110,000 over the year. (The social assistance industry includes child day care and services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.)

Employment in health care changed little over the month, with job gains in ambulatory health care services (+21,000) largely offset by losses in hospitals (-7,000) and nursing care facilities (-6,000).

Mining added 8,000 jobs in July, with the bulk of the increase occurring in support activities for mining (+6,000). Over the year, mining employment has risen by 46,000.

Employment in leisure and hospitality changed little in July but has added 375,000 jobs over the year, primarily in food services and drinking places.

Employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, showed little change in July.

Manufacturing added 28,000 jobs in July. Job gains occurred in motor vehicles and parts (+15,000) and in furniture and related products (+3,000). Over the prior 12 months, manufacturing had added an average of 12,000 jobs per month, primarily in durable goods industries.

Professional and business services added 47,000 jobs in July and has added 648,000 jobs over the past 12 months. In July, employment continued to trend up across much of the industry, including a gain of 9,000 jobs in architectural and engineering services. Employment in temporary help services changed little over the month.

Overall, employment increased by 209,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent.