Archive for September, 2016

Taking a look at grants and Jacksonville jobs

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

A new round of grants from the Department of Labor may go towards Jacksonville jobs and apprenticeships.

The Department of Labor has awarded over $20.4 million in contract awards to 14 national industry intermediaries and national equity partners to expand apprenticeship opportunities across the U.S.

Part of an historic investment in apprenticeship, the contracts will support the growth of apprenticeship programs in various industries, including healthcare, construction, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, and information and communications technology; and support increasing demographic diversity and inclusion in apprenticeship among traditionally underrepresented populations.

Today’s award is part of the administration’s $90 million funding strategy to grow and diversify apprenticeship announced in April 2016 and made possible due to bipartisan support in Congress for ApprenticeshipUSA.

Since President Obama’s 2014 call to action to expand apprenticeship, the U.S. has added almost 115,000 new registered apprenticeships – the largest increase in nearly a decade. Today’s announcement builds on that progress toward the goal of doubling and diversifying Registered Apprenticeship nationwide.

“Apprenticeship is a tried and true strategy for employers to build the talent they need to compete and grow and for workers to gain the skills and credentials that put them on the path to quality, middle-class careers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “The funding announced today will help ensure that as we grow apprenticeship in America, all workers – including women, people of color, and people with disabilities – have the opportunity to punch their ticket to the middle-class through apprenticeship.”

These investments will:

  • Support the growth of apprenticeship programs in the healthcare, construction, transportation and logistics, energy, manufacturing, and information and communications technology sectors.
  • Identify, develop and disseminate tools and strategies that increase access, entry and retention in Registered Apprenticeships for underrepresented populations.
  • Assist employers from varying industry sectors in expanding apprenticeship programs, starting new programs, and working together to create a pipeline of skilled workers.
  • Increase the diversity of workers entering and successfully completing Registered Apprenticeship programs through the development, implementation, and scaling of diversity and inclusion plans and practices.

What should the minimum wage be for Jacksonville jobs?

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

A new survey from Careerbuilder takes a look at the employer stance on minimum wage for Jacksonville jobs, among other jobs.

hree-quarters of Americans (75 percent) are living paycheck-to-paycheck to make ends meet, according to a survey from CareerBuilder. Thirty-eight percent of employees said they sometimes live paycheck-to-paycheck, 15 percent said they usually do and 23 percent said they always do. While making ends meet is a struggle for many post-recession, those with minimum wage jobs continue to be hit the hardest. Of workers who currently have a minimum wage job or have held one in the past, 66 percent said they couldn’t make ends meet and 50 percent said they had to work more than one job to make it work.

This year employers think minimum wage should be raised more than ever before. Only 5 percent of all employers believe the federal minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) is fair. The majority (67 percent) feel a fair minimum wage is $10 or more per hour, up from 61 percent last year; and 15 percent say a fair minimum wage is $15 or more per hour, up from 11 percent last year. Sixty-four percent of employers believe minimum wage should be increased in their state, up from 62 percent in 2014.

“Fair wages and benefits such as paid sick days are a hot political topic right now, and they’re also on employers’ minds as the public and private sector continue to work to provide good jobs, which will lead to a stronger, more stable workforce, leading ultimately to a healthier economy,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder.

Thirty percent of employers plan to hire minimum wage workers this year, up from 26 percent last year. Although 67 percent of employers feel a fair minimum wage is $10 or more per hour, of those hiring minimum wage workers this year, almost half (48 percent) said they’re going to pay less than $10. Here’s a breakdown of what employees plan on paying minimum wage workers this year:

    • Less than $8:00: 11 percent
    • $8.00-$8.99 per hour: 23 percent
    • $9.00-$9.99 per hour: 14 percent
    • $10.00-$10.99 per hour: 21 percent
    • $11.00-$11.99 per hour: 7 percent
    • $12.00-$12.99 per hour: 8 percent
    • $13.00-$13.99 per hour: 6 percent
    • $14.00-$14.99 per hour: 5 percent
    • $15.00 or more per hour: 6 percent


Are information security analyst jobs in Jacksonville on the rise?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

As our culture changes, some jobs, such as information security analyst jobs in Jacksonville, among others, are seeing some major changes, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

CareerBuilder’s 2016 Labor Day study explores three key drivers of employment changes in the U.S., trends associated with each driver and occupations that are among those benefitting the most.

CareerBuilder’s labor market analysis arm Emsi collects and interprets data from more than 100 national and local employment resources. While there are numerous variables that will influence employment shifts, for the purposes of this study, CareerBuilder and Emsi looked at a short list of trends that have played some part in the growth of specific occupations. The following tables highlight trends that fit within the main categories of lifestyle changes, technology advancement and globalization and show how specific occupations have been positively impacted.

Lifestyle Changes Occupation Impacted Current Number of Jobs Number of Jobs Added 2012 to 2016 Percentage of Job Growth
2012 to 2016
People are choosing to eat out more, giving rise to the “foodie” generation. Cooks, Restaurant 1,219,433 164,804 16%
More people are embracing the sharing economy. (example: Uber) Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 283,175 37,023 15%
America is becoming more health-conscious. Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 309,519 33,303 12%
Families are more careful with finances after the last recession. Personal Financial Advisors 257,493 29,913 13%
More people are choosing to bank and shop online. Information Security Analysts 86,563 9,342 12%
Couples are postponing having children until later in life. Obstetricians and Gynecologists 25,219 1,082 4%
Technology Advancement Occupation Impacted Current Number of Jobs Number of Jobs Added 2012 to 2016 Percentage of Job Growth
2012 to 2016
There’s an “app” for everything and “smart” technology is moving beyond phones to clothes, homes and more. Software Developers, Applications 772,195 112,045 17%
Technology has made advertising become more intuitive and effective based on ability to track and interpret online behavior. Marketing Managers 208,611 19,024 10%
Technology has become ingrained in everyday life and is how people stay connected. Computer User Support Specialists 665,646 63,849 11%
Technology is catching health disorders sooner and extending lives. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 198,831 14,451 8%
Technology is enabling companies to corral and interpret big data to make better business decisions. Database Administrators 120,476 9,794 9%
Technology is integrated into countless consumer and business products with new offerings and iterations released all the time. Technical Writers 55,129 5,381 11%
Globalization Occupation Impacted Current Number of Jobs Number of Jobs Added 2012 to 2016 Percentage of Job Growth
2012 to 2016
Companies are serving customers in different time zones, meaning workers are needed at all hours. Customer Service Representatives 2,674,925 225,910 9%
Companies are looking to gain a greater understanding of international markets they’re targeting. Market Research Analysts 532,336 67,551 15%
Expanding beyond borders is requiring communication in different languages. Interpreters and Translators 78,455 9,845 14%
There is greater emphasis on preserving the global environment. Wind Turbine Service Technicians 7,061 1,889 37%
Maps for mobile phones and navigation systems are in demand as people explore new terrain. Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 13,193 1,802 16%