July 29th, 2014
A slew of grants from the Dept. of Labor has been given to many states, including those seeking San Antonio jobs, to train workers who lost a job through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries.
The grants total $154,757,547 and were awarded to 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation through the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program.
The grants will help create or expand employer partnerships that provide opportunities for on-the-job training, Registered Apprenticeships or other occupational training that result in an industry-recognized credential. Funding will also be used to provide services, such as career coaching and counseling, as well as assisting with job placement that help connect laid-off workers, including the long-term unemployed, with available jobs.
“At the President’s request, I’ve been leading an effort to help Americans get the skills they need to secure good quality jobs that are a path to the middle class,” Vice President Biden said. “The grants announced today will help build partnerships between industry, labor and communities to help more Americans learn about job openings, identify what skills are needed to fill them, and train and apply for the good-paying jobs that are out there in health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing and other high-growth industries.”
“President Obama has made it a priority to expand opportunities for people to access in-demand skills training. That’s why, at the Department of Labor, we are investing in proven strategies that connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs. This year, we will release roughly $1 billion in targeted, job-driven training funds,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Providing workers with access to the skills training they need to pursue in-demand jobs is critical to expanding opportunity and to helping businesses grow and thrive. We know that job-driven training programs work, and that they’re often the best way to provide real ladders of opportunity. Today’s awards will help states establish or expand programs that can change peoples’ lives.”
“Since taking office about one year ago, I have spoken to more than 1,000 CEOs and business leaders around the country. Across the board, they have told me that finding the right workers to fill available jobs is a top challenge they are facing, and that is one reason the Department of Commerce has made skills and workforce development a top priority for the very first time,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “From my personal experience, I know this: businesses have to be at the table as we develop training mechanisms to define precisely what they are looking for as they hire employees. These investments will assist in the creation of new or expanded employer partnerships that will help us break down silos between businesses, workforce training initiatives and government to create a collaborative environment that supports the needs of both our workers and our businesses.”
n addition to expanding work-based learning strategies — which recent studies show increase employment and earnings outcomes — grantees are also expected to develop strong partnerships between workforce and industry organizations and align services with other federal, state or local programs and agencies, such as Unemployment Insurance, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and economic development agencies.
July 21st, 2014
Some workers with San Antonio jobs would remain in their position even if they hit the lottery, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.
Half (51 percent) of workers reported that, even if they didn’t need a job financially, they would still work after winning the lottery. Thirty percent of all workers say they would keep their current job.
The most common reasons workers would stay employed after winning the lottery included:
I would be bored if I didn’t work – 77 percent
Work gives me a sense of purpose and accomplishment – 76 percent
I want financial security aside from the financial winnings – 42 percent
I would miss co-workers – 23 percent
Nearly half (49 percent) say they’d take the opportunity to leave the workforce. When asked how they would quit their jobs, the most common responses included:
Give two weeks’ notice or give my employer more time if they needed it to find a replacement – 48 percent
Give two weeks’ notice and leave after two weeks – 31 percent
Resign that day without giving notice – 13 percent
Tell off the boss and air all grievances – 3 percent
Not show up to work the next morning without formally quitting – 2 percent.
Only 15 percent of workers report they are currently working in their dream job, and another 36 percent say that while they’re not quite there yet, they believe they will be someday.
July 7th, 2014
A round of funding coming from the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy to improve post-secondary education and employment opportunities for youth with disabilities through the Pathways to Careers: Community Colleges for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities Demonstration Project, which could serve those who aim to get San Antonio jobs, among other locations.
Each cooperative agreement may receive up to $1,041,650 to fund a pilot project that will build the capacity of community colleges to meet the educational and career development needs of youth with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities.
The pilots will provide for researching, developing, testing and evaluating innovative systems to deliver inclusive integrated education and career development services.
To be eligible, grant applicants must be: institutes of higher education that provide education and career training that can be completed in two years or less and recipients of funding through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program.
Grantees will be required to use the Guideposts for Success, developed by ODEP in collaboration with the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, as a framework in developing their projects.
They must also establish partnerships with public workforce systems; intermediary organizations serving as conveners, brokers or technical assistance providers; philanthropic, business-related, nonprofit, community-based or labor organizations; youth-focused disability-serving organizations; state or local disability-serving organizations; and local education agencies.
The grant-funded programs must serve youth and young adults with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 24. This award will cover a 60-month period of performance and will fund the first 12-month budget period. ODEP, at its discretion, may make available continuation awards for additional 12-month budget periods through the end of the period of performance.
“Our nation’s community colleges are a tremendous resource for anyone seeking to position themselves for high-growth, high-demand careers, and they can be an especially critical link for youth with disabilities,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez. “This federal funding will ensure that these young people have opportunities to develop top-notch skills as they transition from school to the world of work.”
June 27th, 2014
Grants from the U.S. Department of Labor have been announced to help veterans get jobs in San Antonio and other locations around the nation.
Grants totaling $36,710,368 were awarded to 156 organizations nationwide to provide more than 12,000 veterans with training to help them succeed in civilian careers.
The grants are being awarded under the department’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program, administered by the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service.
The grants include $9,094,355 in funding for 37 new grantees to provide job-driven training, in which they will actively engage with employer partners to identify the skills needed for in-demand jobs and careers.
They will also provide job placement, career counseling, life skills and money management mentoring, as well as help in finding housing. VETS estimates that these new funds will help approximately 3,000 veterans.
“These job training programs will provide the skills that veterans require to find and keep a job and secure housing,” said Secretary Perez. “The progress made in recent years to reduce veterans’ homelessness is encouraging, but it remains our moral duty to do all we can to honor our veterans with the dignity of a good job and opportunities to build a solid middle-class life for their families.”
Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations. Notably, this year’s new grantees also include one tribal organization, Idaho’s Nez Perce Tribe.
These grantees are familiar with the areas and populations to be served and have demonstrated that they can administer effective programs to help homeless veterans.
June 20th, 2014
A recent survey from job board Careerbuilder posits that employees think their bosses with jobs in San Antonio, among other locations, are performing above-average.
Asked to evaluate their bosses’ performance, more than 6 in 10 (63 percent) U.S. workers say their manager deserves an “A” or a “B” while 1 in 7 would assign a “D” or “F” (14 percent).
Additionally, about four in ten workers (39 percent) say they are friends with their boss.
A plurality of workers give their boss a “B” and about 1 in 4 assign a “C”:
A: 24 percent
B: 39 percent
C: 23 percent
D: 9 percent
Thirty-one percent of workers who interact several times a day in person with their boss assign them an “A” compared to just 17 percent of workers who interact with their boss once a day or less.
Twenty-five percent of workers say their boss typically communicates with them via text or instant message. Of those employees, 30 percent assign an “A” to their boss’s performance.
Twenty-two percent of employees say their current boss asks them do things unrelated to their jobs, and unsurprisingly, 51 percent of those employees give their bosses grades of “C” or worse.
The following are real requests bosses asked of their employees, as shared by survey respondents.
· Asked employee to coach other employees on how to pass a drug test
· Asked employee to fire a colleague and then drive them home
· Asked for employee’s opinions of Tinder profiles
· Asked employee to order items on personal Amazon account so boss’s spouse wouldn’t know about it
· Asked employee to pluck a client’s unibrow for a photo shoot
· Asked that employees “Like” his Facebook videos
· Asked if employee would be better friends with him
· Asked employee to find out how to obtain death certificate for her deceased ex-husband
· Asked employee to commiserate with daughter-in-law about the death of her cat
· Asked employee to climb on roof to see if there were any dead birds
June 4th, 2014
A payroll report from ADP shows that manufacturing jobs in San Antonio are growing.
Overall, private sector employment increased by 179,000 jobs from April to May.
Goods-producing employment rose by 29,000 jobs in May, up from 21,000 jobs gained in April. The construction industry added 14,000 jobs over the month, down slightly from 16,000 in April.
Meanwhile, manufacturing added 10,000 jobs in May, up from April’s 2,000 and the largest number since December last year.
Service-providing employment rose by 150,000 jobs in May, down from 194,000 in April. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/ business services contributed the most to the lower overall number in May – adding 46,000 jobs, down from 75,000 in April.
Payroll growth for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased in May adding 82,000 jobs, up from a downwardly revised 76,000 in April and almost reaching the twelve-month average of 84,000. Job growth slowed over the month for medium-sized and large firms.
Employment among medium-sized companies with 50-499 employees rose by 61,000, down from 82,000 in April.
Employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – increased by 37,000, down from 56,000 the previous month. Companies with 500-999 employees shed 3,000 jobs after adding 23,000 in April.
Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 35,000, the same number of jobs added in April. The 6,000 new jobs added in financial activities was down slightly from 8,000 last month.
May 28th, 2014
A new poll from Monster shows that many employees have left San Antonio jobs due to high stress, among other locations.
About 42% of US respondents have left a job due to an overly stressful environment; workplace stress has also caused an additional 35% to consider changing jobs.
Monster, the worldwide leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities, asked visitors to their site the question, “Has stress from work ever driven you to a job change?” and received over 6,700 responses. US findings included:
42% of respondents answered “I have purposely changed jobs due to a stressful work environment”
35% of respondents answered “I thought about changing my job because of a stressful work environment”
The survey, which generated over 900 responses, revealed:
The most commonly reported workplace stressors include: supervisor relationship (40%) amount of work (39%) work-life balance (34%) and coworker relationships (31%)
61% of respondents believe that workplace stress has been the cause of an illness
46% of respondents have missed time at work due to work-related stress; 7% report illness so severe it caused hospitalization
84% of respondents claim that their stressful job has impacted their personal lives; 26% report sleepless nights, 24% report depression, 21% report family or relationship issues, and 19% report physical ailments
The most common methods of coping with work-related stress include: talking to a friend/colleague/spouse (55%), exercising (40%), eating (35%), stepping away from work (35%), taking a day off (32%), and drinking after work (24%)
When asked “What does your office do to help alleviate stress in the workplace?” 13% of respondents answered “extra time-off”; 11% answered “ability to work from home”; and 66% answered “nothing.”
May 19th, 2014
A new survey from Careerbuilder provides a glimpse into nursing jobs in San Antonio, among other locations around the country.
According to the survey, nearly all nursing professionals (93 percent) are satisfied with being a nurse and 85 percent are unlikely to ever switch careers.
While direct patient care takes up 38 percent of a nurses’ time (more than any other function), 41 percent feel they are spending less time on patient care than five years ago / beginning of their career. A majority (52 percent) say there are spending more time on notes and documentation related to patient care than five years ago/ beginning of their career, while a third are spending more time on administrative tasks (33%).
Fifty-seven percent of nurses think technology-based tools help them do their job more effectively; however, 46 percent think technology has made patient care more de-personalized.
Nurses are generally not optimistic about how the Affordable Care Act will affect their work. Forty-seven percent feel the reforms will have a negative effect on the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of patient care and 31 percent think it will have a positive effect. Twenty-three percent anticipate the reforms will have no effect.
About 4 in 10 nurses (43 percent) plan to stay in their current setting – e.g. hospital or ambulatory – for at least 5 years. Home care and skilled nursing professionals are the most likely to be currently looking for a new setting. Ambulatory nurses are the least likely to look for a new setting.
Most nurses (54 percent) who want to move to a new area of nursing want to do so for a better work/life balance. Pay is the second leading factor (43 percent).
Acute care hospitals are seen as the most rewarding nursing setting by 25 percent of nurses. A combination of acute, specialty, and ambulatory follows with 17 percent. Specialty care hospitals are seen as the most rewarding by only 4 percent.
Many nurses appear content with never stepping into a management role. Thirty-seven percent of nurses have not worked in a management role and have no plans to.
May 6th, 2014
A salary guide from Robert Half points out that mobile app developer jobs in San Antonio and other locales could mean a big salary.
According to the report, employers are prepared to offer increased compensation this year to skilled information technology (IT) and digital professionals who can help organizations meet the following objectives: keep information and networks secure, turn data into business intelligence and seize new opportunities in the mobile space.
Following are six roles that are among those expected to see the most substantial increases in average starting compensation in 2014, according to the Robert Half Salary Guides*:
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.
April 29th, 2014
As the economy grows and labor numbers get reported, it would appear that manufacturing jobs in San Antonio are unchanged.
Overall in March, Employment in government was unchanged in March. A decline of 9,000 jobs in federal government was mostly offset by an increase of 8,000 jobs in local government, excluding education. Over the past year, employment in federal government has fallen by 85,000.
Employment in other major industries, including manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and financial activities, changed little over the month.
Employment continued to trend up in March in food services and drinking places (+30,000). Over the past year, food services and drinking places has added 323,000 jobs. Construction employment continued to trend up in March (+19,000). Over the past year, construction employment has risen by 151,000.
Professional and business services added 57,000 jobs in March, in line with its average monthly gain of 56,000 over the prior 12 months. Within the industry, employment increased in March in temporary help services (+29,000), in computer systems design and related services (+6,000), and in architectural and engineering services (+5,000).
Health care added 19,000 jobs. Employment in ambulatory health care services rose by 20,000, with a gain of 9,000 jobs in home health care services. Nursing care facilities lost 5,000 jobs over the month. Job growth in health care averaged 17,000 per month over the prior 12 months.
Employment in mining and logging rose in March (+7,000), with the bulk of the increase occurring in support activities for mining (+5,000). Over the prior 12 months, the mining and logging industry added an average of 3,000 jobs per month.
Employment in government was unchanged in March. A decline of 9,000 jobs in federal government was mostly offset by an increase of 8,000 jobs in local government, excluding education. Over the past year, employment in federal government has fallen by 85,000. Employment in other major industries, including manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and financial activities, changed little over the month.