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Hiring for sales jobs in San Antonio strong

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Retail numbers are in for October, and it appears hiring for sales jobs in San Antonio and retail jobs was strong.

October holiday hiring got off to its strongest start in 14 years, as retail employment grew by 159,500* in October, according to an analysis of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

The 159,500 net new jobs in retail last month marks a 6.7 percent increase from October 2012, when retailers increased their payrolls by 149,400.

Last year, the three-month hiring period resulted in 751,800 new jobs being added by retailers; the most since 2000, when retailers added 788,200 workers during the final three months of the year.

“Strong October hiring does not necessarily mean that holiday hiring will surpass last year’s level, but it is certainly a good sign. We have seen steady increases in the number of seasonal workers hired since 2008, when recession-ravaged retailers added a paltry 324,900 seasonal workers in the final quarter of the year. Last year, holiday hiring returned to pre-recession levels. Actually, 2012 returned to pre-2001-recession levels, as retailers turned in the strongest hiring numbers since 2000,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Last year’s holiday hiring binge brought retail employment in the sector to 15,538,300 in December, the month in which retail employment generally reaches its annual peak. That was the highest number of retail workers in December, since 2007, when employment reached 16,156,400.
Consumer confidence remains shaky in light of political discord in Washington, but consumer spending has still managed to see gains. Retail sales, excluding automobiles, gasoline and building materials, increased 0.5 percent in September, improving upon the 0.2 percent increase posted in August.

Home health jobs in San Antonio climb

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

A new study from CareerBuilder finds that home health jobs in San Antonio and other cities are expected to rise dramatically in the coming years. It is the job with the highest project growth, followed by market research analysts and medical secretaries.

In addition, the study found that job growth in the United States from 2013 through 2017 is projected to grow at a rate slightly faster than the preceding post-recession years.

The report from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) explores projections over a five-year period by occupation, wage group and education level for the U.S. and the 52 largest metropolitan areas.

Other findings include:

The U.S. workforce is projected to grow 4.4 percent from 2013 to 2017 — faster than the 2009-2013 period (3.5 percent), but still down from the pre-recession 2003-2007 period (5.8 percent).

· At 5 percent, high-wage occupations ($21.14 per hour and above) are expected to grow faster than low-wage ($13.83 and below) and medium-wage ($13.84-$21.13) occupations — 4.7 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively.

· 75 percent of the 165 occupations expected to lose jobs nationally are in the middle-wage category.

· Occupations requiring college degrees are growing significantly faster than those that do not. Associate degree and master’s degree occupations are each projected to grow 8 percent, while jobs requiring short-term, on-the job training trail at 4 percent. Bachelor’s degree jobs are projected to grow 6 percent.

· 23 of the 52 largest metro areas will outpace the projected national rate of job growth, led by three in Texas (Austin, Houston and San Antonio); Raleigh, NC, and Phoenix, AZ. Washington, D.C. is poised to have the largest share of new jobs coming from the high-wage sector, but San Antonio is expected to have the fastest rate of high-wage growth.

Gaps affecting San Antonio nursing jobs

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Vacancies for San Antonio nursing jobs may have a detrimental impact on the entire healthcare organization.

According to a CareerBuilder study, forty-eight percent of nursing jobs and 39 percent of allied health jobs go unfilled for six weeks or longer, on average. Nursing jobs go unfilled for 12 weeks or longer at 20 percent of health care organizations.

A majority of employers cited at least one negative effect of vacancies (59 percent), with the top effects being:

· Employee morale is lower because staff is overworked – 36 percent

· Patients get less attention – 20 percent

· Higher voluntary turnover – 11 percent

· More mistakes in administration of patient care – 10 percent

· Increased lawsuits – 4 percent

Forty-one percent say extended vacancies have not negatively impacted their health care organization.

“The job market for health care positions continues to grow quickly in a sluggish economy, but filling key positions is far from easy. It takes proactive recruitment strategies focused on building pipelines and observing relevant workforce analytics,” said Jason Lovelace, president of CareerBuilder Healthcare. “Organizations are struggling to find a balance between bringing in new talent and hiring experienced industry veterans capable of stepping into stressful environments with little ramp-up time. It’s important, however, that health care leaders develop pathways for new graduates.”

A separate 2013 CareerBuilder Healthcare survey* of 503 employers asked hiring managers about their biggest barriers to filling a health care position. A lack of experience led the most common responses:

· Applicants do not have any relevant experience – 47 percent

· Applicants have salary requirements that are too high – 42 percent

· Applicants have less than 3 years relevant experience – 40 percent

· Applicants don’t have the proper education or training – 39 percent

· Applicants have poor communication skills – 38 percent

· Work schedule/hours are not desirable – 38 percent