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Manufacturing jobs in San Antonio climb

Thursday, 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?

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Saturday, 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 among several other web sites and print publications.

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