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Are employees looking for new San Antonio jobs?

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

A recent Careerbuilder survey shows that employees may be searching for new San Antonio jobs, among other locations.

More than one in five employees (21 percent) are pledging to leave their current employers in 2016, a 5 percent increase since last year (16 percent). Among younger workers, the numbers are starker. Three in 10 employees ages 18 to 34 (30 percent) expect to have a new job by the end of 2016, compared to 23 percent last year. To keep their resolution to find a new job, 34 percent of employees are regularly searching for job opportunities, even though they’re currently employed — a four point increase since last year (30 percent).

Aside from finding a new job, the top New Year’s resolutions that workers say they’re making for the office this year are:

  • Save more of my pay: 38 percent (vs. 42 percent last year)
  • Be less stressed: 28 percent (vs. 34 percent last year)
  • Get a raise or promotion: 26 percent (vs. 26 percent last year)
  • Eat healthier at work: 19 percent (vs. 25 percent last year)
  • Learn something new (take more courses, training, seminars): 17 percent (vs. 22 percent last year)

Looking back, workers had the same top five resolutions for 2015, and while not all of their goals were met, here’s what was accomplished:

  • Eat healthier at work: 13 percent
  • Be less stressed: 12 percent
  • Save more of my pay: 11 percent
  • Learn something new (take more courses, training, seminars): 9 percent
  • Perform better on the job: 8 percent

What Workers Are Looking For

When asked what factors rank as more important than salary when considering a position, employees said:

  • Job stability: 65 percent
  • Affordable benefits: 59 percent
  • Location: 56 percent
  • Good boss: 51 percent
  • Good work culture: 46 percent

When asked if they could choose extra perks to make their workplace more satisfying, the most popular choices workers pointed to include:

  • Half-day Fridays: 38 percent
  • On-site fitness center: 23 percent
  • Daily catered lunches: 22 percent
  • Massages: 18 percent
  • Being able to wear jeans: 16 percent

Cuts for San Antonio jobs low in December

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Cuts for San Antonio jobs and nationwide were very low in December, according to a report from Challenger, Gray, & Christmas.

A strong economy, coupled with what appears to be a growing reluctance to announce layoffs during the holidays, contributed to December experiencing the lowest number of monthly job cuts in more than 15 years,

December was not only the lowest job-cut month of 2015, it was the lowest job-cut month since June 2000, when employers announced 17,241 planned layoffs. Last month also represents the lowest December job-cut total on record, since Challenger began its monthly tracking in 1993.
The December decline was significant enough to prevent 2015 job cuts from reaching a six-year high. In all, employers announced 598,510 job cuts during the year, 24 percent more than the 483,171 planned layoffs in 2014.

“It used to be that companies would not hesitate to announce job cuts around the holidays. In fact, the heaviest job-cut period of the year was often in the closing months. However, that appears to have changed in the wake of the Great Recession,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

According to Challenger data, the average December job cut total from 2009 through 2015 was 34,046. That is 37 percent lower than an overall monthly average of 53,835 recorded during that period.

Meanwhile, from 2000 through 2008, employers announced an average of 107,056 job cuts in December, which was 13 percent higher than the 94,611 monthly job cuts averaged over that entire period.

“Companies are more cognizant than ever of their public image, particularly in the era of social media. It’s not that job cuts are entirely off limits, but the numbers suggest that employers may be more reluctant to announce large-scale layoffs around the holidays. It could also be that, as more companies measure and revise goals and objectives quarter-to-quarter, the importance of making strategic moves at the end of the year has diminished,” said Challenger.

Customer service jobs in San Antonio show growth

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

A new survey from Careerbuilder shows that there may be big growth on the horizon when it comes to customer service jobs in San Antonio.

Thirty-six percent of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in 2016, the same as 2015. Nearly half of employers (47 percent) plan to hire temporary or contract workers.


While more than a third of employers are increasing full-time, permanent headcount, 45 percent anticipate no change. One in ten employers (10 percent) plan to decrease staff levels, while 9 percent are unsure of their hiring plans.

Comparing industries, financial services (46 percent), information technology (44 percent), and health care (43 percent) are expected to outperform the national average for employers adding full-time staff. Manufacturing (37 percent) is expected to mirror the national average.

Of the employers who plan to increase the number of full-time employees in the new year, the top areas they’ll be recruiting for include:

  • Customer Service – 32 percent
  • Information Technology – 29 percent
  • Sales – 27 percent
  • Production – 24 percent
  • Administrative – 20 percent
  • Marketing – 18 percent
  • Business Development – 16 percent
  • Human Resources – 16 percent
  • Accounting/Finance – 15 percent
  • Engineering – 13 percent