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Construction jobs in San Antonio increase

April 6th, 2014

According to the latest small business jobs report, the number of construction jobs in San Antonio may be growing.

Nationally, private sector employment increased by 191,000 jobs from February to March according to the March ADP National Employment Report.

The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

Service-providing employment rose by 164,000 jobs in March, up from the upwardly revised 153,000 in February. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/ business services contributed the most to growth in service-providing industries, adding 53,000 jobs, slightly more than the 49,000 in February.

Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 36,000, about equal to the 37,000 jobs added in February. The 5,000 new jobs in financial activities mark the strongest pace of growth in the industry since November 2013.

Goods-producing employment rose by 28,000 jobs in March, slightly faster than an upwardly revised pace of 25,000 in February. Most of the gains came from the construction industry which added 20,000 jobs over the month; compared to an average of 16,000 during the prior three months. Manufacturers added 5,000 jobs in March, the same as February.

“The 191,000 U.S. private sector jobs added in March is slightly above the twelve-month average,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. “Hopefully, this could be a sign there is more growth to come.”

Payroll growth for businesses with 49 or fewer employees slowed slightly in March, adding 72,000 jobs, down from 76,000 in February and an average of 83,000 during the past 12 months.

In contrast, job growth accelerated over the month for both medium and large firms and was at its strongest since last November. Employment among medium-sized companies with 50-499 employees rose by 52,000 and employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – increased by 67,000.

Manufacturing jobs in San Antonio climb

March 27th, 2014

The newest data from Manpower shows that employers have a positive outlook and may be hiring for manufacturing jobs in San Antonio.

The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey reaffirms continued hiring confidence in the second quarter of 2014.

This is the third consecutive quarter with a Net Employment Outlook of +13%, which is the strongest Outlook since Quarter 2 2008 when the Outlook was +14%. The Quarter 2 Outlook is slightly stronger than one year ago when the Outlook was +11%.

Almost 19 percent anticipate an increase in staff levels in their Quarter 2 2014 hiring plans, while anticipated staff reductions are among the lowest in survey history at 4 percent. Seventy-three percent of employers expect no change in their hiring plans. The final 4 percent of employers are undecided about their hiring intentions, resulting in a Net Employment Outlook of +15%. When seasonally adjusted, the Net Employment Outlook becomes +13%.

Employers have a positive Outlook in all 13 industry sectors included in the survey: Leisure & Hospitality (+20%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (+19%), Mining (+18%), Professional & Business Services (+14%), Transportation & Utilities (+12%), Information (+12%), Durable Goods Manufacturing (+11%), Government (+10%), Construction (+9%), Financial Activities (+8%), Education & Health Services (+8%), Other Services (+7%) and

Nondurable Goods Manufacturing (+6%). When the industry sector data is compared quarter-over-quarter, employers in the Mining sector anticipate a moderate hiring increase, while employers in the Government sector anticipate a slight hiring increase. Staff levels are expected to remain relatively stable among employers in seven industry sectors: Construction, Durable Goods Manufacturing, Transportation & Utilities, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Information, Education & Health Services and Other Services. Employers in the Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services and Leisure & Hospitality sectors anticipate a slight decrease in the hiring pace, while Nondurable Goods Manufacturers expect a moderate hiring decrease.

“Although we expect measured, stable growth in new hiring for the coming quarter, the good news is that employers anticipate the lowest rate of workforce reductions in nearly four decades,” said ManpowerGroup President Jonas Prising. “With ninety-two percent of U.S. employers planning to hire or keep their staff levels steady, there is a sense of optimism that demand for goods and services is getting more predictable, allowing employers to feel more comfortable about business growth.”

“To keep the momentum going, employers need to rethink their talent strategies so they can make the most of continued demand when they feel it,” said Prising. “Flexible workforce models that incorporate a mix of full-time and contract staff are essential to getting ahead in today’s uncertain economic cycles. By remaining agile, business leaders can create adaptive workforces that leverage advanced technology and specialized teams to drive strong results.”

Education requirements for San Antonio jobs climbing?

March 20th, 2014

More education requirements may soon become the norm for many San Antonio jobs.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 27 percent of employers say their educational requirements for employment have increased over the last five years and 30 percent are hiring more college-educated workers for positions that were previously held by high school graduates.

One in five employers (20 percent) are now targeting Master’s degree holders for positions previously held by those with four-year degrees. A third (33 percent) of employers are sending current employees back to school for an advanced degree, and a majority of that group (81 percent) are at least offering partial funding.

A large majority of employers hiring college-educated workers for occupations previously held by high-school graduates are seeing positive results. Eighty-six percent cite at least one positive impact, including revenue:

· Higher-quality work: 56 percent

· Productivity: 45 percent

· Innovation/Idea generation: 41 percent

· Communication: 41 percent

· Employee retention: 27 percent

· Revenue: 19 percent

· Customer loyalty/retention: 17 percent

· None: 16 percent

Employers are essentially split on the reasons for why they are hiring more college-educated workers for traditionally high-school level work:

· 58 percent said they’re able to get degree holders “because of the tight labor market.”

· 55 percent said “skills for my positions have evolved, requiring higher-educated labor.”

Mobile designer jobs in San Antonio are big

March 6th, 2014

The number of mobile designer jobs in San Antonio continue to grow, and they pay a decent salary too, according to a survey from Robert Half.

Robert Half lists the 2014 Salary Guide a variety of well-paying jobs:

Mobile applications developer: As companies expand their mobile initiatives to connect with consumers anytime, anywhere, they need professionals who can develop for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Experienced mobile applications developers can expect to see the largest increase (7.8 percent) in starting compensation of any tech position listed in this year’s Salary Guide, with salaries ranging from $100,000 to $144,000.
Business intelligence analyst: Organizations of all types want to derive more value from the data they generate, collect and store by turning it into actionable intelligence. Skilled business intelligence analysts can anticipate a 7.4 percent boost in starting compensation in 2014, with salaries ranging from $101,250 to $142,250.
Information systems security manager: Keeping data secure and protecting users and the network from cyber threats is a priority for any modern business. Information systems security managers who can assess and remediate vulnerabilities, threats and intrusions are in demand, and are projected to see a 6.8 percent bump in base compensation this year, with average starting salaries between $115,250 and $160,000.
User experience designer: Designing engaging user experiences is essential to the success of any mobile or web initiative — and requires specialized talent. User experience designers can expect to see average starting salaries between $78,000 and $120,000, up 7.5 percent from 2013.
Mobile designer: Compelling content and functionality are vital to delivering a satisfying interactive mobile experience. Skilled mobile designers can anticipate average starting salaries to increase 6.3 percent in 2014, to the range of $66,000 to $103,000.
User experience specialist: Developing innovative, interactive user experiences for web and mobile applications requires creativity and technical expertise. User experience specialists can expect to receive base compensation in the range of $79,000 to $118,000, a gain of 5.9 percent over last year.

More information about the positions listed above can be found in the Robert Half Technology 2014 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions, and The Creative Group 2014 Salary Guide, which focuses on interactive, design and marketing jobs.

Media company hires for San Antonio editing jobs

March 1st, 2014

The newest addition to this media company will fill San Antonio editing jobs.

San Antonio Current has secured Callie Enlow as Editor-in-Chief.

Enlow is a native Texan. She is a former staff writer and music and film editor for the San Antonio Current.

The San Antonio Current is an award-winning alternative weekly media company.

According to her bio, Previously, Enlow served as assistant editor at San Antonio Magazine and county government reporter at the Williamson County Sun in Georgetown, Texas.

“We’re super excited to have Callie join the Current to lead our Editorial team. She brings great experience, energy, and a passion for San Antonio,” said San Antonio Current publisher, Michael Wagner.

Her freelance work has appeared in Plaza de Armas, BOMB and Spin.com among several other web sites and print publications.

Enlow holds a Master’s of Science degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.

Employees late for San Antonio jobs?

February 20th, 2014

Can you think of some reasons why you would be late for your San Antonio jobs?

CareerBuilder reached out to its job seekers and employers to ask about some of the more memorable excuses for being late.

One in three (35 percent) employers have fired an employee for tardiness, and 48 percent of employers expect their employees to be on time every day. Thirty-four percent say they allow employees to be late every once in a while, as long as tardiness doesn’t become a pattern, and 18 percent don’t care how their employees manage their time, just that they get their work done well.

Employers shared some of the most memorable excuses they’ve received from employees who were running late, including:

1- Employee claimed a zebra was running down the highway and held up traffic (turned out to be true)

2- Employee woke up on the front lawn of a house two blocks away from his home

3- Employee’s cat got stuck in the toilet

4- Employee couldn’t eat breakfast – he ran out of milk for cereal and had to buy some before getting ready for work

5- Employee was late to work because he fell asleep in the car when he got to work

6- Employee accidentally put superglue in her eye instead of contact lens solution, and had to go to the emergency room

7- Employee thought Halloween was a work holiday

8- Employee said a hole in the roof caused rain to fall on the alarm clock and it didn’t go off

9- Employee was watching something on TV and really wanted to see the end

10- Employee forgot that the company had changed locations

11- Employee got a hairbrush stuck in her hair

12- Employee was scared by a nightmare

San Antonio jobs marked for growth, survey says

February 5th, 2014

If you’re a job seeker, Texas is a great place to be, where there is plenty of San Antonio jobs, among other locations, according to a recent study from Careerbuilder.

CareerBuilder released a new study that provides a window into the health of the business landscape in the U.S.

The study explores net growth in private-sector business establishments from 2001 to 2012, ranking the best and worst states for new establishments post-recession and shedding light on national trends.

Best States for Establishment Growth

Texas – From 2009 to 2012, Texas accounted for 22% of all net new business establishments in the U.S.

· Nearly 30,000 more establishments in 2012 than 2009, up 5%

· 579,166 total establishments in 2012

· Biggest gains: health care and social assistance (12% growth since 2009, an increase of 6,385 establishments); mining and oil and gas extraction (12%, 1,001); accommodation and food services (10%, 4,276); professional, scientific, and technical services (9%, 5,979)

New York – From 2009 to 2012, New York accounted for 16% of all net new establishments in the U.S.

· 21,000 more establishments in 2012 than 2009, up 4%

· 591,448 total establishments in 2012

· Biggest gains: private educational services (10% growth since 2009, an increase of 707 establishments); accommodation and food services (9%, 3,759); administrative and support and waste management and remediation services (6%, 1,810); health care and social assistance (3%, 1,446)

Illinois – From 2009 to 2012, Illinois accounted for 14% of all net new establishments in the U.S.

· 18,000 more establishments in 2012 than 2009, up 5%

· 383,103 total establishments in 2012

· Biggest gains: transportation and warehousing (15% growth since 2009, an increase of 1,943 establishments); other services, except public administration2 (11%, 4,125); professional, scientific, and technical services (10%, 4,956); health care and social assistance (7%, 1,910)

Florida – From 2009 to 2012, Florida accounted for 10% of all net new establishments in the U.S.

· 13,000 more establishments in 2012 than 2009, up 2%

601,598 total establishments in 2012
Biggest gains: accommodation and food services (10% growth since 2009, an increase of 3,932 establishments); health care and social assistance (7%, 3,799); retail trade (6%, 4,336); professional, scientific, and technical services (5%, 4,655)

Washington – From 2009 to 2012, Washington accounted for 9% of all net new establishments in the U.S.

· Nearly 12,000 more establishments in 2012 than 2009, up 5%

· 231,238 total establishments in 2012

· Biggest gains: other services, except public administration (28% growth since 2009, an increase of 15,647 establishments); health care and social assistance (5%, 746); professional, scientific, and technical services (2%, 434)

Worst States for Establishment Growth

Michigan

· Nearly 14,000 fewer business establishments in 2012 than 2009, down 6%.

· 232,331 total establishments in 2012

· Biggest losses: construction (-16% since 2009, a decline of 3,734 establishments); finance and insurance (-9%, decline of 1,143); real estate (-7%, decline of 484)

New Jersey

· 5,500 fewer business establishments in 2012 than 2009, down 2%

· 254,384 total establishments in 2012

· Biggest losses: construction (-12% since 2009, a loss of 2,934 establishments); manufacturing (-10%, decline of 1,034); finance and insurance (-6%, decline of 720); retail trade (-3%, decline of 1,110).

Idaho

· 2,800 fewer business establishments in 2012 than 2009, down 5%

· 50,255 total establishments in 2012

· Biggest losses: construction (-22% since 2009, a loss of 1,928 establishments); real estate and rental and leasing (-18%, decline of 435); finance and insurance (-7%, decline of 209)

Colorado

· 2,800 fewer business establishments in 2012 than 2009, down 2%

· 168,968 total establishments in 2012

· Biggest losses: construction (-17% since 2009, a loss of 3,496 establishments); real estate and rental and leasing (-7%, decline of 718); manufacturing (-7%, decline of 381); finance and insurance (-5%, decline of 572)

Companies hire vets for San Antonio jobs

January 29th, 2014

According to a news item, one organization has reached its long term goal of hiring vets for San Antonio jobs, among other areas across the nation.

In early 2011, 11 companies — including JPMorgan Chase — launched the mission to hire at least 100,000 veterans by 2020. Since then, 120 more companies from nearly every sector of the U.S. economy have joined forces. The companies also have pledged to share best practices with other coalition members; many are on the 100,000 Jobs Mission website.

The 100,000 Jobs Mission said its coalition members hired a total of 117,439 U.S. military veterans by the end of 2013 – surpassing the coalition’s original goal seven years early.

“I congratulate JPMorgan Chase and the companies that are part of the 100,000 Jobs Mission in reaching their goal of hiring 100,000 U.S. military veterans,” said Tim McGraw, friend of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, in a video message. “I salute you for all you’re doing to help returning veterans on the home front. Here’s to the next 100,000.”

The coalition said it will double its original hiring goal to a total of 200,000 U.S. military veterans by the year 2020.

“Reaching this important milestone is great news for veterans and employers alike,” said Maureen Casey, Director of Military and Veterans Affairs at JPMorgan Chase, a founding company in the 100,000 Jobs Mission. “We have been able to make a difference in the lives of so many of our nation’s veterans, and those veterans bring tremendous skills and experience to the workplace.”

Vets get connected to San Antonio jobs

January 20th, 2014

With the creation of a new site, veterans are getting connected to San Antonio jobs.

USTechVets.org is an online community to connect the service members who are transitioning back into civilian life to employment opportunities within the technology industry.

Sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and Monster Worldwide, Inc. Monster.com, U.S. Tech Vets helps civilian careers, reduce veteran unemployment and provide America’s veteran workforce access to jobs within the technology industry.

USTechVets.org, powered by Monster.com, an online employment solution, features free tools and resources for employers and for transitioning military personnel, veterans and their family members.

Tools for veterans include a military skills translator to match each veteran’s skills, training and collateral duties to civilian jobs; a searchable database of jobs in the technology sector; and educational resources to help veterans develop skills to thrive in a private sector career.

USTechVets.org member companies will receive free access to Monster’s database of more than 800,000 veteran resumes. Employers also can automatically or directly post their jobs to the site, which veterans can search.

Joining CEA and NVTC in this effort are several national technology associations including the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA), CompTIA, Electronic Security Association (ESA), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Professional Services Council (PSC), Security Industry Association (SIA), Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and Wireless Infrastructure Association (PCIA).

In addition, DAV, a national veterans advocacy and assistance organization with more than 1.2 million members, is partnering to promote U.S. Tech Vets to its constituents.

“NVTC member companies believe overall workforce development is one of the greatest long-term challenges facing our technology community,” said NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg. “Through the combined power of the organizations involved in this initiative, we hope to accelerate veterans’ transition to civilian life by providing access to thousands of employment opportunities across the technology sector and the tools and resources they need to succeed.”

“Veterans with the right mix of business, communication and technical skills can find rewarding careers in the tech industry. In the past two years, some 16,000 veterans have earned nearly 22,000 CompTIA certifications. These IT skills certifications can be a first step in transitioning from active duty to civilian life,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA. “We applaud the launch of USTechVets.org as it helps to connect employers and veterans and to expand the tech workforce.”

Companies hire for San Antonio transportation jobs

January 8th, 2014

As the economy begins to right itself, companies are also stepping up and hiring for San Antonio transportation jobs, among other jobs in the nation.

The latest Manpower survey points out that U.S. employers report a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of +13%. This represents the strongest Outlook reported in Quarter 1 since 2008 when the Outlook was +16%. At +13%, the Outlook is the same as the Quarter 4 2013 Outlook and is up from +12% during the same period last year.

For Quarter 1 2014, employers have a positive Outlook in all 13 industry sectors included in the survey: Leisure & Hospitality (+23%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (+19%), Professional & Business Services (+16%), Transportation & Utilities (+13%), Information (+13%), Nondurable Goods Manufacturing (+12%), Mining (+11%), Durable Goods Manufacturing (+10%), Financial Activities (+10%), Construction (9%), Education & Health Services (+8%), Other Services (+6%) and Government (+6%).

When the industry sector data is compared quarter-over-quarter, staff levels are expected to remain relatively stable among employers in 12 industry sectors. Only Transportation & Utilities employers anticipate a slight decrease in the hiring pace.

Employers in all four U.S. regions surveyed report positive Net Employment Outlooks. Quarter-over-quarter, plans to add workers remain consistent among employers in all regions. Compared to one year ago at this time, employers in the South project a slight increase in hiring for Quarter 1 2014, while employers in the Northeast, Midwest and West expect a relatively stable hiring environment.