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Workers with San Antonio jobs participating in March Madness?

March 24th, 2015

Employees with San Antonio jobs and other jobs around the country may also be busy this month with their tournament brackets.

A new CareerBuilder survey suggests more workers will be checking their brackets at the office.

Approximately one in seven (15 percent) of U.S. workers said they plan to participate in office pools this year; that’s up from the 11 percent who planned to do so in 2014. Twenty percent of all U.S workers said they’ve participated in an NCAA Tournament office pool in the past.

Industry: Workers in IT and sales lead all industries/professions in office pool participation.
•IT – 40 percent
•Sales – 33 percent
•Financial Services – 30 percent
•Retail – 27 percent
•Health Care (offices with more than 50 employees) – 19 percent
•Leisure/Hospitality – 14 percent

Sports, however, is not the only vehicle for workplace betting. The following are other, often unusual, examples shared by U.S. workers:
•Employees bet on who would become the next pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
•Employees predicted when a colleague’s current relationship would end.
•Employees made Bingo cards of common complaints made by a coworker.
•Employees guessed the number of protein coding genes in the human genome.
•Employees bet on who would hookup with who at the company holiday party.
•Employees predicted the weekly eliminations on the Bachelor reality TV competition.
•Employees predicted the next coworker to quit.

Higher salaries for healthcare jobs in San Antonio?

March 9th, 2015

Higher salaries may be in the cards for those who have healthcare jobs in San Antonio.

A new survey from CareerBuilder finds 35 percent of health care hiring managers plan to add full-time, permanent health care employees in the 2015, and 80 percent plan to raise wages for current employees, while 64 percent will offer higher starting salaries for new employees.

Nearly half of health care employers (47 percent) plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2015. Of those, more than 1 in 2 (52 percent) plan to hire those contract or temporary workers on a permanent basis.

CareerBuilder’s survey indicated four popular hiring and recruiting tactics health care organizations are employing to attract and retain top workers in 2015:

1. Raising the Minimum Wage: Not only do health care employers plan to raise salaries for current and new employees, but nearly 1 in 2 health care employers (47 percent) anticipate raising their organization’s minimum wage in 2015. Of those, 15 percent will raise their minimum wage by $5 or more.

2. On-the-Job Training: Just over half of health care employers (52 percent) say they plan to hire workers who do not have industry experience and train them on the job.

3. College Recruiting: Nearly two thirds of health care employers (65 percent) plan to hire recent college graduates in 2015, and 47 percent plan to hire interns. Eighteen percent plan to hire more recent college graduates than the previous year.

4. Taking Workers Out of Retirement: Almost half ofhealth care employers(47 percent) say they are “likely” or “very likely” to rehire retirees from other companies in 2015.

IT jobs in San Antonio getting a wage hike?

March 4th, 2015

IT jobs in San Antonio may be enjoying wage hike, according to a recent survey from Dice.com.

Technology pay in the United States saw another year of hikes with technology professionals earning $89,450 on average annually, up two percent from 2013, according to Dice’s annual salary survey.

Tech bonuses were both more frequent and higher. 37 percent of tech pros cited receiving a bonus in 2014, slightly more than the 34 percent who said this last year. The average bonus in 2014 was $9,538, up 2 percent year-over-year.

“As demand for technology professionals rises and highly-skilled talent is harder to find, the pressure is being reflected where it counts: paychecks,” said Shravan Goli, President of Dice.com. “Still, tech pros are less happy with their earnings, signaling to companies that in order to recruit and retain the best candidates, offering more will be necessary.”

While salaries rose slightly, satisfaction with wages declined. Half (52%) of technology professionals were satisfied with their compensation in 2014, down from 54 percent in 2013. In fact, satisfaction with salaries has dipped each year since 2012, when it peaked at 57 percent and salaries saw the biggest year-over-year jump to 5.3 percent.

The Pacific region as a whole received the highest salaries and tech professionals in Silicon Valley are again the highest paid in the country, earning $112,610 on average, up four percent year/year.

The second highest paid talent is in Seattle, where tech pros earned $99,423, up five percent, in 2014. Sacramento tech salaries rose 14 percent to $96,788, with more experienced professionals earning more from last year driving the growth.

Professionals in Portland, Oregon earned $91,556 on average, up nine percent year/year, and in San Diego, tech salaries rose four percent to $94,121.

Wage growth strong for San Antonio jobs

February 21st, 2015

The wage growth for San Antonio jobs may vary but shows strong growth, along with other regions, according to a report from ADP.

The ADP Workforce Vitality Index, which measures the total wages paid to the U.S. private sector workforce, was 106.7 in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The index rose by 4.8% between the fourth quarter of 2013 and the fourth quarter of 2014.

The movement in the index depends on the contributions of wages and hours of workers who have remained in the same jobs from the previous quarter, the wages and hours of workers who switched jobs during the quarter, and employment changes.

The strongest growth over the past year has been in Construction, 8.4%, thanks to a combination of strong employment growth, wage growth and an increase in hours worked.

Manufacturing WVI advanced by 6.3% due to growth in wages and employment in large companies with more than 1,000 workers.

The WVI in Leisure & Hospitality and Trade advanced just over 6%, due to solid gains in both wages and employment. Financial service workers enjoyed strong wage growth of 5.9%, but experienced weak employment growth. Meanwhile, the weakest index growth has been in Professional/Business Services and the Education/Healthcare sector, mostly due to weak wage growth.

Growth in wages and employment were keys to the strong fourth quarter of 2014. Hours worked went down slightly during the quarter. Job switchers’ wages grew at a much faster pace than job holders, though the gap has closed a bit year-over-year.

Is the gender wage gap affecting those with San Antonio jobs?

February 8th, 2015

The gender wage gap may not be as bad as previously reported on for those with San Antonio jobs, among other locations, according to a report from PayScale.

The company released Women at Work: PayScale Redefines the Gender Wage Gap.

According to the report:
As the level of one’s career increases, so too does the gender wage gap, even when controlling the male and female samples to be the same. At the individual contributor level, the controlled gender wage gap is only 2% (i.e., women earn 98% of men holding the same position), but at the executive level, the controlled gender wage gap is nearly 9%.

Contrary to popular belief, women are asserting themselves and asking for raises and/or promotions at a rate similar to men. PayScale finds 32% of women and 29% of men have asked for a raise during their career, while 19% of women and 24% of men have asked for both a raise and a promotion.

The likelihood of women asking for a raise and or a promotion increases with job level: 31% of female individual contributors have asked for a raise in their careers compared to 42% of female executives. The same pattern is also true for women negotiating a job offer for higher salary and or better benefits: 10% of female individual contributors negotiated for both higher salary and better benefits compared to 22% of female executives. The pattern holds true for men as well.

The industries where women are mostly likely to negotiate a job offer for higher salary and or better benefits are female dominated industries: Health Care (75%; 79% female), Real Estate (63%; 61% female) and Educational Services (56%; 63% female).

Eight out of the top 10 job families where women are most likely to negotiate for a higher salary and or better benefits are management positions (e.g., Engineering Managers, Chief Executives, PR Managers, etc.). The remaining two are Financial Examiners and Dental Hygienists, two job families dominated by women (65% and 98% respectively).

Are job seekers not optimistic about San Antonio jobs?

February 4th, 2015

Job seekers aren’t as optimistic as one might think when it comes to San Antonio jobs.

According to a survey from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, only 28 percent believing they can find new employment inside of three months.

The percentage of job seekers confident about a short transition changed little from the previous year, when 23 percent said a new position could be found within three months.

Just under 40 percent of callers felt their job search would take between four and six months, which is equal to the 40 percent of callers who said the same in 2013. The percentage saying it would take seven to nine months to find new employment actually went up, increasing from 16 percent in 2013 to 18 percent during the most recent call-in event.

The survey showed that fewer job seekers were outright pessimistic. Just under 6 percent of job seekers thought it would take a year or more to find a new gig. That was down from 11 percent in 2013 and 15 percent in 2012, suggesting that at least some job seekers believe see improvement in the problem of long-term unemployment.

More than half (54 percent) of the callers to Challenger’s job-search advice helpline were jobless for more than six months. Of those, 32 percent were out of work for over a year and 14 percent were out of work for more than 2 years.

“Every job seeker must be able to demonstrate that his or her skills and experience are fresh and relevant. This is even more important for older job seekers, in order to overcome the common misperception that they are unable or unwilling to learn new things. It is critical to keep skills up-to-date and relevant to the current job market, even if it means taking classes through a university or community college,” said Challenger.

Retail jobs in San Antonio fall short

January 27th, 2015

The number of retail jobs in San Antonio and other cities may have fallen short, according to adjusted government employment data by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Seasonal employment gains in retail fizzled in November and December, with employers adding 23,000 fewer workers than during the same two-month period a year earlier.

Retail employment increased by 603,200 in November and December. That was down 4.0 percent from the 626,200 workers added during the same period in 2013.

Holiday hiring during the final three months of 2014 resulted in 785,200 workers added to retail payrolls, which was 1,000 fewer than last year’s 786,200.

Holiday hiring got off to a strong start in October, with retail employment growing by 182,000 jobs. That was the largest October employment gain in Labor Department data going back to 1939.

“The early hiring gains, coupled with lower-than-expected Black Friday gains, may have tempered hiring activity in November and December. Of course, it is important to keep this year’s hiring numbers in perspective. Yes, holiday job gains were flat from a year earlier, but 2013 hiring was the best we have seen since 2000,” said Challenger.

“It is also important to understand that the retail employment numbers do not include the robust seasonal hiring that occurred outside of that sector. Between FedEx and UPS alone, nearly 150,000 holiday workers were added to the economy.

“If the retail sales and hiring data tell us anything, it’s not that consumers are spending less; it’s that they are spending differently. The retail environment has been evolving ever since the advent of the internet and the changes that occurred slowly and steadily over several years are finally coming into full view,” said Challenger.

CIOs hire for IT jobs in San Antonio

January 5th, 2015

CIOs have big plans to hire for IT jobs in San Antonio, among other cities, according to a survey from Robert Half.

Nineteen percent of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed recently plan to expand their information technology (IT) teams in the first six months of 2015, according to the newly released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report.

This is a five-point increase from the previous survey representing the third and fourth quarters of 2014.

About 67 percent of U.S. CIOs said it is somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals. This is a 6-point increase from the previous survey six months ago. Technology executives believe it is most difficult to find skilled talent in software development (20 percent), security (15 percent) and networking (14 percent).

Eighty-nine percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident about their companies’ growth prospects for the first half of 2015.

According to 63 percent of CIOs, network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Desktop support followed with 61 percent of the response and Windows administration at 57 percent.

Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of U.S. technology executives said they expect their companies’ IT budgets to increase in 2015.

Employees with San Antonio jobs getting a bonus?

December 28th, 2014

Christmas bonuses may be in the cards for some of those with San Antonio jobs, according to a recent Careerbuilder holiday survey.

According to the survey, more employers plan to offer holiday perks in the form of parties, bonuses and gifts this year than in years’ past.

Sixty-three percent of employers say they plan to throw company holiday parties this year, up from 59 percent in 2013 and 60 percent in 2012. Though 2 in 5 workers say they plan to attend the office holiday party, the overwhelming majority (96 percent) say they would prefer a holiday bonus over a company bash (4 percent).

Some employees, however, may get their bonus wish after all. Nearly half of employers (47 percent) plan to give employees a holiday bonus this year, up from 45 percent in 2013. More than 1 in 10 employers say they will give a larger bonus than last year (11 percent).

Employers’ seasonal goodwill doesn’t stop at parties and bonuses, either. Forty percent of employers (40 percent) will give employees gifts this year (up from 35 percent in 2013), and 42 percent will give charitable donations.

While many gift-bearing workers stick to more traditional holiday offerings, such as ornaments, candy and gift baskets, others get a little more creative with their definition of the word “gift:”

A box of Hot Pockets®.
A chess piece (just one piece, not a set).
A fire extinguisher.
A voucher for a free lawn game of the co-worker’s own invention.
A turquoise leather vest.
Zombie action figures.
A Ziploc® bag with coffee (enough to make one pot).
A ‘gun of the day’ calendar.
A bag of chips.
A Christmas ornament with the co-worker’s and spouse’s photos on it.

Is not filling San Antonio jobs resulting in lost productivity?

December 2nd, 2014

A new survey from Indeed finds that the economic costs of unfilled San Antonio jobs, among other locations across the nation, result in lost productivity.

The loss is nearly $160B annually.

Of this amount, over half represent unearned wages (around 55%), with the remainder attributed to unearned profits. For the top 10 companies in Dow Jones Index, the combined cost of not filling open jobs for one month equals more than $75M in monthly gross domestic product (GDP).

While total employment has now almost caught up to its pre-recessionary peak with over 2M jobs being created in the first nine months of 2014, labor market participation has fallen to its lowest level in decades. A large number of unfilled, open roles may well cause problems for the economy in the years ahead.

There are a number of industry sectors in which unfilled jobs have greater impact due to the higher levels of contributed economic value, including finance, insurance, and professional services. These industries alone collectively represent over $4B GDP (GDP, a measure of goods and services produced within an economy and the income generated by that economy) in a typical month.

For the wider economy, the efficient matching of potential employees to businesses through the labor market is key to supporting healthy levels of employment and household incomes, while allowing businesses to reach full productivity.

“For today’s job seekers, these are near-perfect conditions, however, at almost $160 billion per year, the cost of unfilled roles should serve as a wake-up call to US businesses developing recruitment strategies in a post-recession environment.

“Each ‘empty desk’ represents an opportunity both for the individual and the business. For the business, finding and recruiting the right individual means better productivity and profits, while for the individual, earning an income and spending a salary contributes to wide economic growth. In today’s economic environment of lowered unemployment and labor participation, it has never been more important to hire the right fit for each role.”