Archive for October, 2017

Employers hiring for administrative jobs in Jacksonville

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

More employers are hiring for administrative jobs in Jacksonville, among other areas, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.

In Q3 2017, 44 percent of employers added full-time, permanent headcount while 8 percent decreased headcount, both improvements over the previous year. Positive trends are expected to continue with 43 percent of employers planning to hire new employees in the fourth quarter, up from 34 percent last year. Seven percent expect to reduce staff, down from 9 percent last year, while 47 percent anticipate no change and 3 percent are unsure.

Retailers are expecting another busy shopping season and are becoming more competitive in terms of what they are willing to pay seasonal workers. Half of retailers plan to hire seasonal workers in Q4 and, of these employers1, two-thirds (66 percent) will pay them $10 or more per hour, a big jump from 53 percent in 2016 and 43 percent in 2015.

Employers across industries are also prepared to pay a higher premium for seasonal talent. Of those hiring seasonal workers, 45 percent will pay $15 or more per hour. Top areas they will be hiring seasonal staff for include:

  • Customer Service – 38 percent
  • Accounting/Finance – 24 percent
  • Administrative/Clerical Support – 22 percent
  • Technology – 18 percent
  • Shipping and Delivery – 15 percent
  • Inventory Management – 14 percent
  • Gift-wrapping – 12 percent
  • Hospitality – 10 percent
  • Sales (non-retail) – 9 percent
  • Public Relations – 9 percent
  • Marketing – 9 percent

Flexibility is key in landing seasonal gigs, according to the study. When hiring managers were asked to identify what turns them off when they are interviewing a seasonal job candidate, refusing to work certain shifts was at the top of their list:

  • Unwilling to work certain hours – 46 percent
  • Doesn’t take the interview seriously – 42 percent
  • Is not enthusiastic – 40 percent
  • Too casual or unprofessional – 38 percent
  • Knows nothing about the company or products – 30 percent

Company hires for customer service jobs in Jacksonville

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Walmart, the retail giant, has pledged to give their employees more hours, which will affect customer service jobs in Jacksonville.

Judith McKenna, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Walmart U.S, said:

“The holidays are a special time of year for our customers and associates and also one of the busiest. To help customers save time and money this season, we are offering the extra hours available this time of year to our current associates rather than hiring thousands of seasonal workers.

“These extra hours will help staff traditional roles like cashier and stocker, and newly created technology-empowered positions such as personal shoppers and Pickup associates. This is the same approach we took last year, and we heard great feedback from our customers and associates.

“This is what working in retail is all about, and we know our associates have the passion to do even more this year. We’ve increased our focus on service through new training, tools and technology. Thousands of associates have completed training in our Pathways and Academy programs, which prepares them to more effectively serve customers, especially during this busy season.

“We are also bringing back the very popular Holiday Helper and increasing the number of Helpers we have in stores this season. These associates are dedicated to helping customers get through the stores faster by finding the shortest checkout line, opening registers as needed and will even quickly grab items customers might have forgotten.

“Our associates make the holidays come to life in our stores, and we are thankful for everything they do to help our customers have the best possible shopping experience. As we head into our busiest time of the year, we know associates are ready to deliver for our customers and help give them a memorable and affordable Christmas.”

Company raising wages may affect Jacksonville retail jobs

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Target has made a big announcement that may affect some Jacksonville retail jobs.

The company announced plans to raise its minimum hourly wage for all team members to $11 in October, along with a commitment to increasing the minimum hourly wage to $15 by the end of 2020. This significant investment in its team will allow Target to continue to recruit and retain strong team members and provide an elevated experience for its guests and in the communities it serves.

“Target has a long history of investing in our team members. We care about and value the more than 323,000 individuals who come together every day with an absolute commitment to serving our guest,” said Brian Cornell, CEO and chairman of Target. “Target has always offered market competitive wages to our team members. With this latest commitment, we’ll be providing even more meaningful pay, as well as the tools, training and support our team needs to build their skills, develop professionally and offer the service and expertise that set Target apart.”

By moving to an $11 minimum hourly wage this fall, Target will provide pay increases to thousands of team members across the country before the holiday season. This increase will also apply to the more than 100,000 hourly team members that Target is hiring for the holiday season. The commitment to move to a minimum hourly wage of $15 will be implemented between now and the end of 2020.

Target currently pays market competitive rates above the federal minimum wage at all stores nationwide. Target’s last major wage increase was in 2016, when the company moved to a $10 minimum hourly wage. A minimum hourly wage of $11 is higher than the minimum wage in 48 states, and matches the minimum wage in Massachusetts and Washington.

Additionally, Target offers a variety of schedules to meet the needs of its diverse population and works with its teams to build schedules around their availability. With input from its team members, Target posts store schedules in advance, allows store team members to trade and pick up shifts at their store location, and doesn’t do on-call or snap scheduling at its stores.

Nursing care jobs in Jacksonville may have declined

Friday, October 6th, 2017

New labor statistics may show that nursing care jobs in Jacksonville have declined.

Employment was little changed in September (-33,000), after adding an average  of 172,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In September, a steep employment decline in food services and drinking places and below-trend growth in some other industries likely reflected the  impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Employment rose in health care and in transportation and  warehousing.

Employment in food services and drinking places dropped sharply in September (-105,000), as many  workers were off payrolls due to the recent hurricanes. Over the prior 12 months, food services  and drinking places had added an average of 24,000 jobs per month.

In September, health care added 23,000 jobs, in line with its average monthly gain over the prior  12 months (+27,000). The employment increase in ambulatory health care services (+25,000) was partially offset by a decline in nursing care facilities (-9,000).

Employment in transportation and warehousing increased by 22,000 in September. Job gains occurred in warehousing and storage (+5,000), couriers and messengers (+4,000), and air transportation (+3,000).

Employment in financial activities changed little in September (+10,000). A job gain in insurance  carriers and related activities (+11,000) largely reflected hurricane-recovery efforts. The gain was  partly offset by losses in activities related to credit intermediation (-4,000) and in commercial banking (-3,000). Over the year, financial activities has added 149,000 jobs.

In September, employment in professional and business services was little changed (+13,000). Over the prior 12 months, job growth in the industry had averaged 50,000 per month.

Manufacturing employment was essentially unchanged in September (-1,000). From a recent employment trough in November 2016 through August of this year, the industry had added an average of 14,000 jobs per month.

Employment in other major industries, including mining, construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, information, and government, showed little change over the month.