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Are college students confident about San Antonio jobs?

May 27th, 2015

College students may not be very confident about San Antonio jobs.

Monster.com has released a new survey that shows gender disparities in confidence and perceived earning ability among those in college and college graduates in the early phase of their careers.

About 81% of respondents currently enrolled in college report feeling at least somewhat confident in securing a job after graduation.

But only 16% of women feel “absolutely confident,” compared to 27% of men. Results also showed a gender gap in the perceived ability to find a high-paying job, with 48% of men enrolled in college believing their first job salary will exceed $50,000 compared to just 33% of women.

There is a distinct gender gap in the perceived importance of college degrees. For women, the value of a degree decreased with experience and time; for men, however, it remained stable or increased. When college students were asked how important their degree would be to the success of their career, 82% said it would be important. In contrast, only 62% of female college graduates said their college degree has been important to their careers.

According to the survey, 83% of male students compared to 74% of female students say they are prepared to start their college career; when college graduates were asked how prepared college made them for their career, males reported slightly higher rates (88%) and females views were stable (76%) compared to college students.

San Antonio healthcare jobs increase

May 8th, 2015

According to a recent release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, San Antonio healthcare jobs may be increasing.

Employment rose by 223,000 in April, after edging up in March (+85,000). In April, employment increased in professional and business services, health care, and construction, while employment in mining continued to decline.

Professional and business services added 62,000 jobs in April. Over the prior 3 months, job gains averaged 35,000 per month. In April, services to buildings and dwellings added 16,000 jobs, following little change in March. Employment continued to trend up in April in computer systems design and related services (+9,000), in business support services (+7,000), and in management and technical consulting services (+6,000).

Health care employment increased by 45,000 in April. Job growth was distributed among the three major components–ambulatory health care services (+25,000), hospitals (+12,000), and nursing and residential care facilities (+8,000). Over the past year, health care has added 390,000 jobs.

Employment in construction rose by 45,000 in April, after changing little in March. Over the past 12 months, construction has added 280,000 jobs. In April, job growth was concentrated in specialty trade contractors (+41,000), with employment gains about evenly split between the residential and nonresidential components.

Employment declined over the month in nonresidential building construction (-8,000).

Employment in mining fell by 15,000 in April, with most of the job loss in support activities for mining (-10,000) and in oil and gas extraction (-3,000). Since the beginning of the year, employment in mining has declined by 49,000, with losses concentrated in support activities for mining.

Employment in other major industries, including manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government, showed little change over the month.

Are people in San Antonio jobs overweight?

May 4th, 2015

A new study from Careerbuilder finds that a lot of people with San Antonio jobs, among other locations, think they are overweight.

Fifty-seven percent of U.S. workers feel they are overweight, up from 55 percent in 2014. Additionally, 42 percent of workers say they’ve gained weight in their present job, up from 39 percent last year. Twenty-two percent reported gaining more than 10 pounds, while 16 percent of workers say they’ve lost weight.

When asked what they felt contributed to their weight gain at their current job, 37 percent of workers said “eating because of stress,” and 43 percent said they are “too tired from work to exercise.” Sedentary behavior, however, is seen as the leading culprit, in workers’ minds. Fifty-six percent said “sitting at the desk most of the day” contributed to the weight gain at their present job.

Industry/Job type: Workers in desk or office-based jobs are more likely to be gaining weight at their present job:
•Professional & Business Services: 51 percent
•IT: 48 percent
•Financial Services: 45 percent
•Health Care: 45 percent
•Sales: 41 percent
•Leisure & Hospitality: 39 percent
•Manufacturing 39 percent
•Retail: 35 percent

Gender: Women (46 percent) are more likely to report gaining weight at their present jobs than men (38 percent).

Job-level: Workers in management roles (43 percent) are almost equally likely as workers in non-management roles (42 percent) to report weight gains at their present jobs.

Age: Workers in the middle of their careers appear more prone to weight gain than younger or mature workers. Forty-five percent of workers age 35-54 reported gaining weight at their present job, compared to 38 percent of workers age 18-34 and 39 percent of workers 55+.

Grants to help Americans with disabilities find San Antonio jobs

April 24th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor is awarding grants to those Americans who have disabilities and are seeking San Antonio jobs, among other locations across the U.S.

The department announced the availability of approximately $15 million in grants through the Disability Employment Initiative to state workforce agencies to develop flexible and innovative strategies to increase the participation of people with disabilities in federally funded education and training programs.

Since 2010, the department has awarded grants worth more than $95 million through the DEI to 37 state workforce agencies in 26 states to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities. The funds are used to refine and expand workforce strategies proven to be successful, and enhance inclusive service delivery through the public workforce system.

Improvements include: increasing the accessibility of American Job Centers; training front-line AJC and partner staff; and increasing partnerships and collaboration across numerous systems that are critical for assisting youth and adults with disabilities in securing meaningful employment.

The department anticipates awarding eight grants — ranging from $1.5 to $2.5 million —to be spent in a 42-month period. Funding will be provided to at least one project for each of the following three target populations: adults with disabilities (ages 18 and older); youth with disabilities (ages 14-24); and individuals with significant disabilities (ages 14 and older).

IT jobs in San Antonio getting a pay raise?

April 8th, 2015

IT jobs in San Antonio may be seeing a pay boost, according to a recent survey.

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.

More than half (61%) of technology professionals earned higher salaries in 2014, most frequently citing a merit raise as the reason for the increase. Another 25 percent say they received higher wages due to changing employers within the year.

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.

“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.”

With compensation rising, tech professionals are slightly less likely to relocate for a new job this year (30%) as compared to last year (28%).

Healthcare jobs in San Antonio climb

April 7th, 2015

It’s no surprise that one of the strongest industries is seeing healthcare jobs in San Antonio climb.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care continued to add jobs in March (+22,000). Over the year, health care has added 363,000 jobs. In March, job gains occurred in ambulatory health care services (+19,000) and hospitals (+8,000), while nursing care facilities lost jobs (-6,000).

In March, employment in retail trade continued to trend up (+26,000), in line with its prior 12-month average gain. Within retail trade, general merchandise stores added 11,000 jobs in March.

Employment in mining declined by 11,000 in March. The industry has lost 30,000 jobs thus far in 2015, after adding 41,000 jobs in 2014. The employment declines in the first quarter of 2015, as well as the gains in 2014, were concentrated in support activities for mining, which includes support for oil and gas extraction.

Employment in food services and drinking places changed little in March (+9,000), following a large increase in the prior month (+66,000). Job growth in the first quarter of 2015 averaged 33,000 per month, the same as the average monthly gain in 2014.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, showed little change over the month.

Employment in professional and business services trended up in March (+40,000). Job growth in the first quarter of 2015 averaged 34,000 per month in this industry, below the average monthly gain of 59,000 in 2014. Within professional and business services, employment continued to trend up in architectural and engineering services (+4,000), computer systems design and related services (+4,000), and management and technical consulting services (+4,000).

Employment increased by 126,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5 percent.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 2.6 million in March. These individuals accounted for 29.8 percent of the unemployed.

Optimism for San Antonio jobs grow

March 31st, 2015

Optimism for the labor market and for San Antonio jobs is possibly growing, according to a recent survey from the Conference Board.

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had decreased in February, improved in March. The Index now stands at 101.3 (1985=100), up from 98.8 in February. The Expectations Index increased from 90.0 last month to 96.0 in March.

Consumers’ outlook for the labor market saw stronger gains. Those anticipating more jobs in the months ahead increased from 13.8 percent to 15.5 percent, while those anticipating fewer jobs declined from 14.8 percent to 13.5 percent. The proportion of consumers expecting growth in their incomes improved from 16.4 percent to 18.4 percent, while the proportion expecting a drop declined from 10.8 percent to 9.9 percent.

Consumers’ optimism about the short-term outlook, which had declined last month, rebounded in March. The percentage of consumers expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months decreased slightly, from 17.6 percent to 16.7 percent; however, those expecting business conditions to worsen also fell, from 8.9 percent to 8.0 percent.

Consumers’ assessment of present-day conditions turned moderately less favorable for a second straight month. The percentage saying business conditions are “good” was unchanged at 26.7 percent, while those claiming business conditions are “bad” increased from 16.7 percent to 19.4 percent. Consumers were mixed in their assessment of the job market.

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.