Archive for January, 2018

Employers plan to hire for Jacksonville jobs

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Many employers may be hiring for Jacksonville jobs, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder.

CareerBuilder’s annual forecast shows that 44 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the New Year and half (51 percent) will hire temporary employees.

Forty-five percent of HR managers currently have jobs they cannot fill because they cannot find qualified talent and 58 percent report that they have jobs that stay open for 12 weeks or longer.

“More job creation, higher voluntary employee turnover and intensified competition for talent will be the main themes surrounding employment in 2018,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “There is a perfect storm happening in the U.S. labor market. Low unemployment paired with lagging labor force participation and a growing skills gap is making it very difficult for businesses to find qualified candidates – and this is for all types of roles. If employers want to remain competitive, they are going to have to look to new talent pools and significantly increase their investment in training workers to build up the skills they require.”

With companies struggling to get new employees in the door, they are exploring various sources for job candidates and increasing compensation in 2018.

  1. Capturing New Talent Early – Employers will start courting college students early – 64 percent plan to hire recent college graduates this year.
  2. Importing Talent – Employers will be looking beyond borders to find talent with 23 percent planning to hire workers from other countries to work in the U.S.
  3. Re-engaging Past Employees – Employers will increase outreach to workers who know their business and have a history with them – 39 percent plan to hire former employees in 2018.
  4. Hiring for Potential – 66 percent of employers said they will train and hire workers who may not have all the skills they need, but have potential; 44 percent of all employers plan to train low-skill workers who don’t have experience in their field and hire them for higher-skill jobs.
  5. Boosting Compensation – While wage gains have not reached desired levels, employers will become more aggressive with compensation levels for in-demand workers – 30 percent plan to increase starting salaries for new employees by 5 percent or more while 36 percent will do the same for existing staff.

Jacksonville jobs grow

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

The latest labor statistics show that Jacksonville jobs are growing.

The Jacksonville area added 18,400 new private-sector jobs in the last year. Jacksonville’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in November, down 1.1 percentage points from one year ago.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 13,900 new jobs in November and the unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent, the lowest rate in more than a decade. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,465,800 new private-sector jobs.

Governor Scott said, “The Jacksonville area’s low unemployment rate and addition of more than 18,000 new jobs is great news for First Coast families. Statewide, nearly 1.5 million jobs have been created since December 2010 and we will keep working to secure Florida’s future as the best place for job creators and families to succeed.”

The industries with the highest growth over the year in Jacksonville were trade, transportation and utilities with 8,400 new jobs and professional and business services with 3,700 new jobs.

The Jacksonville area once again rounded out the top five metro areas in job demand, with 20,620 openings, and ranked fourth-highest for number of high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 5,794 job openings.

In the last year, 199,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 2.0 percent. This rate is nearly three times the national labor force growth rate of only 0.7 percent. In November, 16,990 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Northeast Florida and the state’s other 23 local workforce boards.

Are co-workers with Jacksonville jobs getting unusual gifts?

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Spreading holiday cheer at Jacksonville jobs includes getting some unusual gifts, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey about the holidays in the workplace.

While many will receive a gift from their boss this year, co-workers will also be in the giving spirit this holiday season. Twenty-two percent of workers say they plan to buy holiday gifts for their co-workers, and 22 percent plan to buy a gift for their boss, similar to last year’s findings. Female workers this year are more likely to give gifts to colleagues (28 percent) than males (16 percent).

Of the workers who plan on spending on their co-workers or bosses this holiday season, 34 percent are planning to spend $10 or less on each gift, 59 percent will spend $11-50 and 6 percent will spend $51 and above.

Fifteen percent of workers have given in the past, but this year will be unable to afford it. No matter what you are able to give this holiday season, make sure it is remembered for the right reasons. The following are among the most unusual gifts workers have received from co-workers during the holidays:

  • A coaster with their face on it
  • A nightgown
  • Chicken earrings
  • Coupons from a grocery store
  • Roasted grasshoppers
  • Saran Wrap
  • Jar of glitter
  • Party dip recipe
  • An ornament shaped like an engagement ring
  • Wooden cat statues
  • Used candles

Employers are finding different ways to ensure workers enter the holiday season with added cheer, including:

  • Parties: 71 percent of employers plan on throwing a holiday party for employees this year – up from 69 percent from last year and 61 percent in 2008.
  • Bonuses: 61 percent of employers plan to give employee holiday bonuses this year – up significantly from 54 percent last year and 38 percent in 2008.
  • Gifts: More than half of employers (55 percent) are buying gifts for workers this year – up from 46 percent last year and 33 percent in 2008.