Archive for March, 2017

Has parental leave stayed the same for Jacksonville jobs?

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

A national study highlights how parental leave for Jacksonville jobs, among other locations, has remained the same for some years now.

The average amount of parental and caregiving leave provided by U.S. employers has not changed significantly since 2012, the National Study of Employers has found.
The comprehensive study of how employers are responding to the changing workforce was designed and conducted by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
When Netflix, Amazon, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Ernst & Young and others announced that they were expanding their parental leave, it appeared that a trend had begun. But the study found otherwise, said Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of FWI and an author of the study.
“Whether high-profile companies offering paid leave are out of step with the majority of employers or leading the way remains to be seen,” said Galinsky, who also is a senior research advisor at SHRM. “Given our findings that 78 percent of employers reported difficulty in recruiting employees for highly skilled jobs and 38 percent reported difficulty in recruiting for entry-level, hourly jobs, these high-profile companies could be leading the way in the strategic use of leave benefits.”
The maximum length of paid or unpaid parental and caregiving leave was recorded in 2005, before the recession when the economy was strong. Since then, maternity, paternity, adoption and caregiving leave have all declined. Today, the average maximum number of weeks of maternity leave is 14 ½, and a little more than 11 weeks is the average leave for a spouse/partner (paternity leave).
Over the past 11 years, the number of organizations offering at least some replacement pay for women on maternity leave has increased 12 percentage points, from 46 percent to 58 percent, Galinsky noted. But the study also found that, among employers offering any replacement pay, the percentage offering full pay has continued to decline from 17 percent in 2005 to 10 percent in 2016. In fact, of all employers with 50 or more employees, only 6 percent offer full pay.

Financial jobs in Jacksonville climb

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Recent employment data shows that financial jobs in Jacksonville have grown.

Financial activities added 32,000 jobs in January, with gains in real estate (+10,000), insurance carriers and related activities (+9,000), and credit intermediation and related activities (+9,000). Financial activities added an average of 15,000 jobs per month in 2016.

In January, employment in professional and technical services rose by 23,000, about in line with the average monthly gain in 2016. Over the month, job gains occurred in computer systems design and related services (+13,000). Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in January (+30,000).

This industry added 286,000 jobs over the past 12 months. Employment in health care also continued to trend up in January (+18,000), following a gain of 41,000 in December.

The industry has added 374,000 jobs over the past 12 months. Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, showed little change over the month.

Retail trade employment increased by 46,000 over the month and by 229,000 over the year. Three industries added jobs in January–clothing and clothing accessories stores (+18,000), electronics and appliance stores (+8,000), and furniture and home furnishings stores (+6,000).

Employment in construction rose by 36,000 in January, following little change in December. Residential building added 9,000 jobs over the month, and employment continued to trend up among residential specialty trade contractors (+11,000). Over the past 12 months, construction has added 170,000 jobs.