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Retail jobs in San Antonio fall short

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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.