November 2nd, 2015
Walmart is hiring big for San Antonio seasonal jobs.
“The holidays are one of the most anticipated times of the year for families, and one of the busiest. Walmart has been working all year to give our customers a great shopping experience and we believe they will see a difference when they visit us during the holidays.
“Walmart will have more associates in our stores working more hours this season, all with a focus on providing service and convenience to our customers. We will continue our ‘Checkout Promise’ by having more registers open during peak shopping times, helping customers save time by getting through our lines quicker.
“Walmart is thankful for the hard work and dedication of our associates. I see every day how our people make the difference. Associates are doing amazing things to help create an excellent experience for our customers. As we head into our busiest time of the year, we know associates are going to deliver for our customers and help give them a memorable and affordable Christmas.”
“To help exceed our customer’s expectations, Walmart will give current associates the first opportunity to pick up additional hours. We are also hiring 60,000 seasonal associates, with a starting rate of at least $9 an hour. We know some of these hires are looking for a short-term opportunity to earn extra Christmas money, but for many, this could be the start of a career. In fact we have hundreds of store managers who started with the company as a seasonal associate. Last year, more than half of our seasonal associates stayed with Walmart in a permanent role after the holidays.” – Judith McKenna, Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S..
October 26th, 2015
The huge amount of shipments predicted for the holidays will create warehouse jobs in San Antonio.
FedEx predicts it will move a record-breaking 317 million shipments between Black Friday and Christmas Eve. This forecast marks a 12.4 percent increase in year-over-year seasonal volume.
FedEx has taken several measures to prepare for the busy Peak season.
The company has continued its strategic investment in network growth and capacity.
The company is investing $1.6 billion in FedEx Ground this fiscal year, most of which is for capacity and automation, including more than 160 major expansion projects. FedEx Ground has invested nearly $2.5 billion for growth and network expansion in the last five years.
FedEx Ground is nearly 27 percent faster than UPS Ground, and 83 percent of FedEx Ground shipments are delivered in three days or less.
FedEx Express has enhanced the capabilities of its global network through a fleet modernization program that saw 30 more reliable and efficient aircraft added over the past year (2 B777Fs, 18 B767Fs and 10 B757Fs).
FedEx Express added Enhanced Vision Systems to 250 aircraft, which will greatly improve pilots’ ability to land in low visibility conditions and mitigate potential weather delays. The company is the only U.S. carrier with FAA approval to use the technology as low as 100 feet on instrument approaches.
FedEx Express is modernizing its ground fleet by adding over 7,000 new, fuel-efficient vehicles in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 combined.
FedEx Ground continues to advance the industry’s most automated hub network with investments in package sortation systems that enable flexible and reliable operations and six-sided scanning tunnels that boost data and image capture.
FedEx Ground will run seven-day sort operations during Peak season and FedEx Express will run expanded operations with additional hub sorts based on customer needs.
FedEx is adding more than 55,000 positions throughout its network to help the holidays arrive this year. This includes package handlers, drivers and other support positions.
October 2nd, 2015
YouthBuild is a program designed to help at-risk youth find San Antonio jobs and other locations in 31 states.
YouthBuild is a non-residential, community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training in construction and other in-demand occupations. The program serves 16-to-24 year-olds who have dropped out of high school and who have been in the justice system, are aging out of foster care, have dropped out of high school, or are otherwise at-risk of failing to reach key educational and career milestones. The grants will serve an estimated 4,800 participants in the next three years.
The Department of Labor has awarded nearly $76 million in YouthBuild grants to support additional academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth like Donny. The grants range from approximately $700,000 to $1.1 million each and will fund 72 YouthBuild programs in 31 states, the District of Columbia and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Nation. Of the recipients in this award, 22 eligible applicants that have not previously received a YouthBuild grant were selected this year.
This is the first round of YouthBuild grants awarded under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The law, which became effective on July 1, 2015, led to several changes to YouthBuild.
These changes include putting greater focus on improving the quality and energy efficiency of buildings serving low-income and homeless individuals and families; expanding the eligibility to include youth who have dropped out of high school but subsequently reenrolled; and supporting further program alignment with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
October 2nd, 2015
Employers are, for the majority, supporting a minimum wage hike for San Antonio jobs, among other locations.
According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 64 percent of employers believe the minimum wage should be increased in their state, up from 62 percent last year.
Twenty-six percent of employers said they plan to hire minimum wage workers this year. Only six percent of all employers believe the federal minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) is fair. The majority (61 percent) felt a fair minimum wage is $10 or more per hour, up from 54 percent last year; and 11 percent said a fair minimum wage is $15 or more per hour, up from 7 percent last year.
The full breakdown of what employers consider to be a fair minimum wage is as follows:
$7.25 per hour: 6 percent
$8.00-$9.00 per hour: 24 percent
$10.00 per hour: 27 percent
$11.00-14.00 per hour: 23 percent
$15.00 or more per hour: 11 percent
No set minimum wage: 9 percent
But it’s not just minimum wage workers who are struggling. Nineteen percent of workers at all salary levels were not able to make ends meet during the past year.
Sixty-five percent of all workers say they’re in debt and while most say it’s manageable, it should be noted that 16 percent of workers ages 25-34 still live with their parents, 18 percent of all workers have reduced their 401k contribution and/or personal savings in the last year and 28 percent don’t set aside any savings each month.
September 26th, 2015
Those with federal jobs in San Antonio may be getting some support from those in favor of pay transparency.
The final rule, from the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, promotes pay transparency by barring the policies of some federal contractors that have prevented their workers from discussing these issues. Under the rule, federal contractors and subcontractors may not fire or discriminate against employees for discussing, disclosing, or inquiring about their own pay or that of their co-workers. The rule also protects pay discussions by job applicants.
“Pay secrecy practices will no longer facilitate the pay discrimination that is too often perpetrated against women and people of color in the workplace,” said OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu. “Indeed, forward thinking companies that have embraced greater transparency find that it benefits them and their workforce by helping them attract and retain talented workers. And research suggests these approaches have a substantially positive impact on society, workers, the workforce, and the economy as a whole.”
“It is a basic tenet of workplace justice that people be able to exchange information, share concerns and stand up together for their rights. But too many women across the country are in the same situation: they don’t know how much they make compared to male counterparts, and they are afraid to ask,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “When he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, President Obama made clear his commitment to equal pay for equal work. Today’s final rule is another important step toward that important goal.”
The rule allows job applicants and employees of federal contractors and subcontractors to file a discrimination complaint with OFCCP if they believe that their employer fired or otherwise discriminated against them for discussing, inquiring about, or disclosing their own compensation or that of others.
September 25th, 2015
What should staffing firms know when it comes to San Antonio jobs? Careerbuilder took a look at 9 things:
1 Client utilization is on the rise: More companies across industries are turning to staffing firms to support and help grow their business. One in three clients (32 percent) have hired a temporary employee through a staffing firm in the past year, an increase from 26 percent last year.
#2 While utilization is up, client satisfaction is on a decline: The Net Promoter Score for client satisfaction, an index that measures the willingness of customers to recommend a company’s products or services to others, dipped to -3 percent – which means, for the first time, there are more client detractors than promoters. After remaining at 8 percent in 2013 and 2014, the decline shows there is now more opportunity than ever to use world-class client experience as a differentiator in the marketplace.
#3 Clients are mobile – and expect you to be too: More than one in four corporate clients (27 percent) interact with staffing firms via a mobile device, and 57 percent develop a negative perception of a firm if site is not mobile-ready. Moreover, 73 percent of job candidates will leave a site if it is not mobile-optimized and 1 and 5 will not return.
#4 Potential clients are reading your online reviews more than you think: While referrals remain a trusted source for choosing which staffing firm to work with, more clients – especially younger buyers – reported that online sources influence their decisions. Nearly 1 in 5 (18 percent) read reviews of staffing firms online before partnering, versus 11 percent last year. However, 1 in 3 staffing firms reported that they don’t have a strategy for generating online reviews and have no plans to implement one in the future.
#5 Candidate satisfaction is improving, but still trailing peak years: After declining last year, placed candidate satisfaction scores increased to 24 percent NPS this year from 22 percent in 2014. With candidate satisfaction being so key to gaining a referral, greater investment in the candidate experience is needed to reach 2013 satisfaction levels (33 percent) and beyond.
#6 Candidates feel like they’re in a black hole: Nearly half (46 percent) of candidates said they’re not updated throughout the hiring process by the staffing firm they’re working with and 42 percent have not been contacted to say they didn’t get the job after the interview. The same percentage (42 percent) feel the amount of human contact has decreased in the hiring process.
#7 Coaching is a missed opportunity for higher satisfaction scores: Nearly 9 in 10 candidates reported that they don’t receive any sort of career coaching from their firm, 71 percent are not provided with interview coaching and more than half said they haven’t received a resume review.
#8 A goldmine for candidates is not being leveraged: Survey results indicate that only 1 in 4 candidates are “rehired,” or placed again within 30 days of their last assignment ending. This leaves a large pool of placed candidates largely untapped.
#9 Recruitment technology drives greater efficiencies, but not everyone is a pro at using it: 1 in 3 staffing employees (33 percent) reported that they’re not comfortable using recruitment software/technology. More than half (52 percent) using an ATS point to a lack of user-friendliness as their biggest point of pain.
September 9th, 2015
The rate of manufacturing jobs in San Antonio may be slowing, according to the latest labor statistics.
Manufacturing employment decreased by 17,000 in August, after changing little in July (+12,000). Job losses occurred in a number of component industries, including fabricated metal products and food manufacturing (-7,000 each). These losses more than offset gains in motor vehicles and parts (+6,000) and in miscellaneous durable goods manufacturing (+4,000). Thus far this year, overall employment in manufacturing has shown little net change.
Employment in mining fell in August (-9,000), with losses concentrated in support activities for mining (-7,000). Since reaching a peak in December 2014, mining employment has declined by 90,000.
Employment in other major industries, including construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, and government, showed little change over the month.
The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged up by 0.1 hour to 34.6 hours in August. The manufacturing workweek was unchanged at 40.8 hours, and factory overtime edged down by 0.1 hour to 3.3 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 33.7 hours.
In August, the unemployment rate edged down to 5.1 percent, and the number of unemployed persons edged down to 8.0 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.0 percentage point and 1.5 million, respectively.
September 7th, 2015
Employment among 16- to 19-year-olds, and for employment for teen jobs in San Antonio, still managed to reach the highest level in six years, according to a new analysis of government data from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray, & Christmas.
Employment among teens increased by 1,160,000 during the three-month summer hiring season that stretches from May through July. The employment gain was 11 percent lower than 2014, when 1,297,000 teenagers were added to summer payrolls.
“There was increased hiring of teenagers throughout the year, particularly just before the holidays and then again in the spring before school ended. This suggests that more seasonal jobs in retail, entertainment and leisure, and food service are being taken by teens, which could bode well for their employment figures going forward,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
“Fewer teenagers are seeking employment opportunities, most of them by choice. More are focused on academics, volunteering or jobs that fly under the radar of most employment measures,” said Challenger.
“Additionally, a small but growing percentage of school districts are beginning to experiment with year-round schedules that provide more frequent, but shorter breaks throughout the year. Teens on these schedules do not have the long summer breaks that might allow them to work at the neighborhood pool or a summer camp,” he added.
August 24th, 2015
The number of healthcare jobs in San Antonio are growing, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Job gains occurred in retail trade, health care, professional and technical services, and financial activities.
Employment in retail trade increased by 36,000 in July and has risen by 322,000 over the year.
In July, motor vehicle and parts dealers added 13,000 jobs, and employment continued to trend up in general merchandise stores (+6,000).
Health care added 28,000 jobs in July and has added 436,000 jobs over the year. In July, employment rose in hospitals (+16,000).
Professional and technical services added 27,000 jobs in July, with gains in computer systems design and related services (+9,000) and architectural and engineering services (+6,000). Over the past 12 months, professional and technical services has added 301,000 jobs. Management of companies and enterprises added 14,000 jobs over the month.
Employment in financial activities rose by 17,000 in July and has risen by 156,000 over the past 12 months.
Insurance carriers and related activities accounted for more than half of the gain in July (+10,000) and over the year (+85,000).
In July, manufacturing employment edged up (+15,000).
Employment in nondurable goods rose by 23,000 over the month, including gains in food manufacturing (+9,000) and in plastics and rubber products (+6,000).
Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in July (+29,000) and has increased by 376,000 over the year.
Employment in transportation and warehousing also continued to trend up in July (+14,000) and has risen by 146,000 over the year. Employment in couriers and messengers rose by 3,000 over the month.
August 6th, 2015
A recent survey from Careerbuilder shows that there could be some factors preventing people from getting San Antonio jobs.
When asked which aspects of a worker’s physical appearance would make them less likely to promote that person, employers were most out of favor with provocative attire (44 percent) and wrinkled clothes or shabby appearance (43 percent). Other answers include:
•Piercings outside of traditional ear piercings: 32 percent
•Attire that is too casual for the workplace: 27 percent
•Visible tattoos: 27 percent
•An unprofessional or ostentatious haircut: 25 percent
•Unprofessional or ostentatious facial hair: 24 percent
•Bad breath: 23 percent
•Heavy perfume or cologne: 21 percent
•Too much makeup: 15 percent
Employers also revealed the top behaviors that hurt an employee’s chances for promotion, with poor attitudes and consistent tardiness taking the top spot.
•Having a negative or pessimistic attitude: 62 percent
•Regularly showing up to work late: 62 percent
•Using vulgar language: 51 percent
•Regularly leaving work early: 49 percent
•Taking too many sick days: 49 percent
•Gossiping: 44 percent
•Spending office time on personal social media accounts: 39 percent
•Neglecting to clean up after himself/herself: 36 percent
•Always initiating non-work-related conversations with co-workers: 27 percent
•Taking personal calls at work: 24 percent
•Taking smoke breaks: 19 percent
“In addition to on-the-job accomplishments, employers also take attitude, behavior and appearance into consideration when deciding who deserves to move up in the ranks,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. “While your work performance may be strong, if you’re not presenting yourself in a professional manner, it may be preventing your superiors from taking you seriously.”