Archive for May, 2015

Company is recruiting for Jacksonville customer service jobs

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Lowe’s Home Improvement is hiring for Jacksonville customer service jobs.

The company is hiring 30,000 seasonal employees at its stores in the United States during spring.

Seasonal jobs are focused on customer service and include cashiers, lawn and garden employees, loaders, and stockers. Most seasonal employees will work an estimated 20 or more hours per week. Experience in any of the home improvement trades is a plus.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is home improvement company serving approximately 15 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2013 sales of $53.4 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,835 home improvement and hardware stores and 260,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects.

Seasonal employees are most needed in spring and summer months, typically from February until September, when weather has improved and customers are tackling both indoor and outdoor home improvement projects.

The company plans to hire and train new seasonal employees on a market-by-market basis. Hiring has already begun in Florida, California, Texas and Arizona where warmer, spring-like temperatures are beginning.

As spring arrives, our stores are stocked with products homeowners use for their indoor and outdoor projects. To help make shopping and selection easier, we want our stores staffed with knowledgeable employees who’ll provide exceptional service for customers,” said Scott Purvis, Lowe’s vice president, human resources operations.

Are wages declining for Jacksonville STEM jobs?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

A new report from Payscale shows that wages may be declining for Jacksonville STEM jobs, among other locations.

The Payscale Index shows national wages for Q1 barely increased at 0.1 percent and the average 12-month change in U.S. wages across all industries was 1.8 percent. Of note, previous top performing sectors such as the professional, scientific and technical services industry and the oil and gas industry experienced a decline in Q1. Meanwhile, construction jobs and the real estate industry which saw wages decline in recent years are now showing signs of recovery. Finally, the Index shows wage growth continues to lag, as real wages are down almost 7 percent since 2006, a measure calculated by analyzing nominal wage growth and the average change in price of a fixed basket of goods and services.

•STEM focused jobs experienced a slow-down:◦Wages for previously ‘hot-performing’ IT, engineering, science and biotech jobs fell slightly in Q1 and have been relatively flat for several months. For example, science and biotech jobs grew just 1.0 percent annually, experiencing the lowest wage growth of any category. However, these jobs are still near the top for wage growth since 2006 (approximately 10 percent), due to remarkable growth for several years.

•Industry Highlights:◦Although the oil and gas industry experienced the highest total wage growth since 2006 at 19 percent, declining oil prices resulted in the lowest annual wage growth of any industry at 0.8 percent. Similarly, the oil city of Houston experienced a wage dip in Q1 as wages fell 0.2 percent from Q4 2014 and rose only 1.2 percent annually (behind the national average of 1.8 percent).
◦Real estate tied with the wholesale trade industry for the largest annual growth for Q1 at 3 percent and wages in real estate grew more than 5 percent since their low point in Q3 2013. Wage growth in the real estate industry mirrors recent increases in the housing market.
◦Similar to real estate, the construction industry also experienced a recovery with annual wage growth of 2.7 percent. A previous wage loser, annual wage growth for construction jobs topped the list for all job categories with 2.9 percent.

•U.S. Metro Wage Growth: ◦The top five U.S. metro areas experiencing the highest annual wage growth in Q1 are:■San Diego, CA (3.0 percent)
■Miami, FL (2.9 percent)
■San Francisco, CA (2.8 percent)
■Phoenix, AZ (2.4 percent)
■Philadelphia, PA (2.3 percent)

◦The two U.S. metros experiencing the lowest annual wage growth are:■Minneapolis, MN (0.8 percent)
■Boston, MA (0.7 percent)

•Canadian Metro Wage Growth: ◦Edmonton, AB had the highest annual wage growth again of any Canadian city at 2.1 percent.
◦Montreal, QC also had a strong year with annual wage growth of 1.8 percent.
◦The oil cities of Edmonton and Calgary still dominate Canadian metropolitan areas for most growth since 2006 at 23.8 and 18.6 percent, respectively.
◦Vancouver, BC and Ottawa, ON had the lowest annual wage growth in Canada at 0.7 and 0.2 percent, respectively. Vancouver saw total growth less than Canada overall (10.9 percent vs. 11.4 percent).

•United Kingdom:◦The U.K. continued to show tepid wage increases with Q1 quarterly wage growth up 0.1 percent. U.K. wages grew by 8.3 percent since 2006, falling behind Canada (11.4 percent) and the U.S. (8.6 percent).

Are female workers with Jacksonville jobs losing their share of employment?

Friday, May 8th, 2015

In a new survey from Careerbuilder, female workers with Jacksonville jobs, among other jobs, may be losing their share of employment in many states.

According to a new report from Careerbuilder, men are in a broader array of career fields, the number of occupations heavily represented by workers 55 and older has more than doubled, and white workers lost share of employment in each of the 50 highest paying jobs.

Other facts found in the report:

Occupation Composition by Gender

Women make up greater share of workforce. In 2014, 49 percent of jobs were held by women, compared to 48 percent in 2001. That amounts to 4.9 million more female workers since 2001 compared to just 2.2 million additional male workers. (Pg. 4)
Men are performing a wider variety of work. Despite gains in overall workforce participation by women, men are gaining a share of employment in 72 percent of all occupations. Examples include gains in female-majority occupations like pharmacists, credit analysts and physical therapists. Women gained a greater share of employment in just 21 percent of occupations, including male-majority occupations like labor relations specialists, landscape architects and agricultural managers. (Pg. 5)
Occupational segregation contributes to pay gap. Jobs with a high concentration of male workers pay significantly more per hour, on average, than jobs with a high concentration of female workers–$25.49 median hourly earnings for men vs. $20.85 median hourly earnings for women. (Pg. 6)
Women are losing share of employment in high-paying jobs. Since 2001, women lost ground in 48 out of the 50 highest paying jobs, including: surgeons, chief executives and software developers. They gained share among lawyers and political scientists. (Pg. 7)
Job losses have come primarily in male-majority jobs. Among the occupations that lost 10,000 jobs or more since 2001, 76 percent were male-majority occupations. As jobs went away in these fields, male workers had to find work in a broader array of occupations. (Pg. 8)
Occupations with largest gains are mostly female-majority. Among the occupations that gained 75,000 jobs or more, 69 percent were female-majority. The largest gains in the workforce for women occurred in a smaller number of sizable occupations. (Pg. 8)
Women dominate college graduation numbers, but not in top-paying fields. While 5.6 million more women than men attained college degrees from 2004-2013, men continue to lead in programs that typically lead to higher-paying jobs, such as: computer science (83 percent of 2013 grads), engineering (79 percent), law (54 percent), and postgraduate business (54 percent.) (Pg. 9-10)

Manufacturing jobs in Jacksonville grow

Monday, May 4th, 2015

The number of manufacturing jobs in Jacksonville may be growing, according to the recent employment report from ADP.

The ADP National Employment report shows that Private sector employment increased by 189,000 jobs from February to March.

The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

Payrolls for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 108,000 jobs in March, up from 103,000 in February.

Employment among companies with 50-499 employees increased by 62,000 jobs, up from 57,000 the previous month. Employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – decreased from February adding 19,000 jobs, down sharply from 53,000. Companies with 500-999 employees added 7,000 jobs, down from February’s 11,000. Companies with over 1,000 employees added 12,000 jobs, down from 43,000 the previous month.

Goods-producing employment rose by only 5,000 jobs in March, down from 22,000 jobs gained in February. The construction industry added 17,000 jobs, down from 28,000 last month. Meanwhile, manufacturing lost 1,000 jobs in March, after adding 2,000 in February.

Service-providing employment rose by 184,000 jobs in March, down from 192,000 in February. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/business services contributed 40,000 jobs in March, up from February’s 34,000. Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 25,000, a decline from February’s 32,000. The 16,000 new jobs added in financial activities is a drop from last month’s 19,000.