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Optimism for San Antonio jobs grow

Tuesday, 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?

Tuesday, 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?

Monday, 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?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

IT jobs in San Antonio may be enjoying wage hike, according to a recent survey from

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 “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.