Award spotlights consulting jobs in Tampa

December 6th, 2017

One business is getting acknowledged for their consulting jobs in Tampa.

BlueLine Associates, a firm headquartered in Tampa, Florida, announced they received the recognition as #15 on Consulting Magazines “Fastest Growing Firms.” This is BlueLine’s second appearance on such a prestigious list in addition to making the 2016 Top 10 for Consulting Magazine’s “Best Firms to Work For”.

During the awards gala in New York City on Thursday, November 1, Rob Blanchette, a Partner at BlueLine Associates, acknowledged that “Making Consulting Magazine’s Fastest Growing Firms list is a great achievement and is owed completely to the hard work and dedication of BlueLine’s consultants and staff.” He added, “It’s a strong sign we’re on the right track and poised for long-term growth and success.”

Rocky Silvestri, BlueLine President and CEO, said, “We’re fortunate to have the best people in consulting working for BlueLine Associates. The passion and spirit of our employees are what makes us great. We aim to create an environment where employees can thrive and make a difference by helping our clients overcome their most critical business challenges. This in turn drives success in all aspects of the business, and the reason we are growing in all service lines across the U.S.”

BlueLine has a creative culture that creates an environment that best promotes the development of client solutions in business process improvement, operational excellence, organizational change management and implementation of strategic initiatives for a wide range of industries including health care, banking, finance, insurance, government, consumer goods and higher education.

 

Videos aim to attract Tampa jobs

December 6th, 2017

New videos are hoping to attract Amazon to create more Tampa jobs.

Pinellas County Economic Development, St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation, and Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation – the team that put together the Tampa Bay region’s response for Amazon’s HQ2 – is rolling out the videos created in support of the proposal to the public.

The videos were submitted as part of the online version of Tampa Bay’s proposal to Amazon for HQ2.

“The videos were created to help us introduce our community to Amazon in a way that text alone cannot do,” said Mike Meidel, director of Pinellas County Economic Development. “Amazon can experience the personalities of our leaders, hear what they have to say about why Tampa Bay would be a great fit for HQ2, and take a visual tour of our region. Our goal is to have Amazon imagine what it would be like for their people to live and work here and engage with our community leadership.”

Each video speaks to a specific decision driver Amazon outlined in their request for proposals (RFP).  The first video, rolled out today, features City of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn welcoming Amazon to our region and their respective cities and talking about why Tampa Bay would be a perfect fit for HQ2.

Insurance jobs in Tampa created

December 6th, 2017

One company is expanding and creating insurance jobs in Tampa.

The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation announced that MetLife, Inc., is expanding its Tampa operations, adding 430 additional, high-wage jobs at its existing campus and investing $25 million in the project.

One of the world’s leading financial services companies, MetLife will hire for a variety of new positions that will pay an average of 150% of Hillsborough County’s annual private sector wage.

MetLife first established operations in Tampa over four decades ago and currently employs more than 1,500 at its Tampa campus. Providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

“We are thankful for MetLife’s continued investment in Hillsborough County and the 430 high-wage jobs they are creating for local families,” said Stacy White, chairman of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. “With this significant expansion, Hillsborough County strengthens its position as the preferred location in the Southeast for the world’s leading financial and professional services firms.”

The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

“Tampa has earned an international reputation for the excellence of its financial and professional services workforce, and MetLife’s success here is a key reason why,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa. “We deeply appreciate MetLife’s decision to expand again in our market, and look forward to supporting their continued success.”

 

Will seasonal jobs in Tampa grow?

November 8th, 2017

Holiday hiring is happening, and many labor experts are predicting that seasonal jobs in Tampa, among other cities, will grow.

Retailers are signaling that there might be high demand for seasonal jobs, according to a forecast released Thursday from global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Target announced it was hiring 100,000 seasonal positions for the holidays, up from the 70,000 in-store workers and 7,500 fulfillment and warehouse workers announced last year. Target also indicated they were lowering prices in all stores, a response to Amazon and Walmart’s price-slashing practices.

“The competition among major big-box retailers will incentivize consumers to spend more this holiday season. These stores will need to add staff in order to meet demand,” said John Challenger, Chief Executive Officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Last year, seasonal retail employment increased by 641,000 during the final three months of the year, the lowest number since the 495,800 retail hires announced in the final months of 2009.

Last year’s job gains were 9.6 percent lower than the previous year, when retailers added 708,800 jobs, according to employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Last year, BLS data showed that transportation and warehousing employment increased by a nonseasonally adjusted 246,700 workers in the final quarter of the year, 8 percent higher than the 228,400 workers hired in this sector in the final three months of 2015. In 2007, the seasonal job gains for this sector measured just 24,300.

Company adds finance jobs in Tampa

November 7th, 2017

One company is expanding and adding more finance jobs in Tampa.

The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation today announced that MetLife, Inc., is expanding its Tampa operations, adding 430 additional, high-wage jobs at its existing campus and investing $25 million in the project. One of the world’s leading financial services companies, MetLife will hire for a variety of new positions that will pay an average of 150% of Hillsborough County’s annual private sector wage.

MetLife first established operations in Tampa over four decades ago and currently employs more than 1,500 at its Tampa campus. Providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

“We are thankful for MetLife’s continued investment in Hillsborough County and the 430 high-wage jobs they are creating for local families,” said Stacy White, chairman of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. “With this significant expansion, Hillsborough County strengthens its position as the preferred location in the Southeast for the world’s leading financial and professional services firms.”

The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

“Tampa has earned an international reputation for the excellence of its financial and professional services workforce, and MetLife’s success here is a key reason why,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa. “We deeply appreciate MetLife’s decision to expand again in our market, and look forward to supporting their continued success.”

Food services jobs in Tampa decline

October 7th, 2017

Food services jobs in Tampa may have declined, according to recent labor statistics.

The unemployment rate declined to 4.2 percent in September, and total nonfarm payroll employment changed little (-33,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Total nonfarm payroll employment was little changed in September (-33,000), after adding an average of 172,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months.

In September, a steep employment decline in food services and drinking places and below-trend growth in some other industries likely reflected the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Employment rose in health care and in transportation and warehousing.

Employment in transportation and warehousing increased by 22,000 in September. Job gains occurred in warehousing and storage (+5,000), couriers and messengers (+4,000), and air transportation (+3,000). Employment in financial activities changed little in September (+10,000).

A job gain in insurance carriers and related activities (+11,000) largely reflected hurricane-recovery efforts. The gain was partly offset by losses in activities related to credit intermediation (-4,000) and in commercial banking (-3,000).

Over the year, financial activities has added 149,000 jobs. In September, employment in professional and business services was little changed (+13,000). Over the prior 12 months, job growth in the industry had averaged 50,000 per month.

Manufacturing employment was essentially unchanged in September (-1,000). From a recent employment trough in November 2016 through August of this year, the industry had added an average of 14,000 jobs per month.

Tampa retail jobs will grow

October 6th, 2017

Target announced it is hiring many workers for the holiday season, which may increase Tampa retail jobs.

The company plans to hire approximately 100,000 team members across the country for the upcoming holiday season. The announcement is part of the company’s efforts to provide an exceptional shopping experience and ensures Target’s 1,816 stores will be staffed to deliver a seamless experience for guests this holiday season, whether team members are helping guests directly or fulfilling online orders. Additionally, Target will hire 4,500 team members at the company’s distribution and fulfillment centers to replenish products to stores and fulfill digital sales throughout the season.

“Target has made significant investments in our business throughout 2017, and our commitment to hire 100,000 team members for the holidays will make shopping at Target even easier and more fun during one of the busiest times of the year. Target team members play such an important role in helping guests as they prepare to celebrate the holidays with their families. As always, we will provide our seasonal team members with meaningful opportunities to build and develop skills, and offer great benefits, including a variety of schedules and team member discounts,” said Janna Potts, chief stores officer, Target.
The 100,000 seasonal team members will fill a variety of roles across stores, distribution and fulfillment centers, including:

  • Store team members will ensure stores are well stocked, help guests discover Target’s exclusive brands and anything else they need to complete their holiday shopping lists.
  • As the company continues to grow its Order Pickup service and ship-from-store capabilities, team members will fulfill online orders at stores.
  • Team members at Target’s distribution and fulfillment centers will process freight to stores and fulfill Target.com orders, including receiving, picking and loading to ensure products reach guests quickly.
  • Based on the success of last year’s seasonal hiring events, Target will host hiring events at all stores nationwide on Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15. The events will take place at each of the company’s 1,816 stores from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day for the 100,000 store positions with the potential for eligible applicants to interview on-the-spot and receive a conditional job offer during the weekend events. Interested candidates will have the opportunity to meet directly with Target store leaders.

Company creates tech jobs in Tampa

September 7th, 2017

One company is expanding and creating more tech jobs in Tampa.

Cognizant Technology Solutions, a global provider of business and technology services, will expand operations in Tampa and create 75 new jobs. This expansion will be the company’s fourth facility in Tampa and will focus primarily on healthcare organizations services and support. Cognizant currently employs more than 1,900 Floridians, with over half based in the Tampa area.

Cognizant has more than 100 delivery and operations centers worldwide, employing more than 255,000 globally, and is one of the largest providers of services to healthcare organizations in the U.S. This new expansion builds on Cognizant’s $5.7 million investment made in 2014 which led to the creation of 400 new local jobs. Cognizant also has growing partnerships with Career Source Tampa Bay and Hillsborough Community College to develop technology training courses for students and help put them on the path toward careers in the new digital economy.

Cognizant Chief People Officer James Lennox said, “Florida is a great place to do business and we are delighted to make this expansion.  A number of Cognizant clients, particularly in the healthcare and financial services industry, are based in Tampa and surrounding Hillsborough County, and we’re pleased to continue expanding our footprint as we see demand for our services continue to grow. Tampa and the State of Florida overall provide the type of robust infrastructure critical to supporting our business needs as a technology company, thanks in part to the continued efforts of Governor Scott and his team.  Cognizant benefits from a local talent pool fed by the State’s post-secondary education system and the high concentration of skilled military veterans and their spouses.  We also appreciate the thriving array of academic institutions, government and non-profit organizations available to partner with us in driving STEM education and reskilling initiatives that are central to our business philosophy as one of the nation’s largest employers of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) professionals.”

Florida is home to over 27,000 high tech companies that employ more than 237,000 professionals. The Tampa Bay region is the state’s largest and fastest growing tech hub. This project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Hillsborough County, and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.

Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “Florida’s families and the local economy will benefit from Cognizant’s expansion and investment in the Tampa area. These new jobs will add a variety of opportunities for hardworking Floridians in the healthcare, business and technology industries. We are proud that they chose the Sunshine State for our low taxes, ideal business climate and valuable workforce.”

Company creates IT jobs in Tampa

September 7th, 2017

One company is expanding and creating more IT jobs in Tampa.

About 20 new jobs have been created at Think Anew, an information technology managed services provider in Tampa. The new building is the company’s first Florida location. The small business considered other locations, including Mississippi, but ultimately chose Tampa as the best location for their new facility.

Governor Rick Scott said, “I’m proud to highlight small business Think Anew which chose Florida as the best place to expand and create 20 new jobs for families. Florida continues to outpace the nation for job growth and our unemployment rate is at a 10-year low which is great news. In order to attract more companies like Think Anew to Florida, we created the new $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. This transparent, flexible program will continue our push to make Florida the premiere destination for job creation.”

Think Anew CEO Don Glidewell said, “The excitement building around job creation and recruitment of top tier companies to the Tampa area, especially in the Health and Life Sciences sector, is undeniable. This is a reflection of not only the talent coming from the communities and universities, but also the hard work and determination of the staff at Tampa Hillsborough EDC, Enterprise Florida, and Governor Scott’s office. As a company that believes in the American Dream and supports the healthcare community by making their operations safer, compliant and more efficient, Think Anew will bring new advancements and higher paying jobs to Florida.”

The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, City of Tampa, Hillsborough County and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.

Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “Think Anew, LLC is a great example of our pro-growth policies coming to fruition and helping Floridians find jobs. The company will find a talented workforce in Hillsborough to fill its high-skill, high-wage STEM job openings. I am proud that Florida has created an environment ideal for business expansion and job creation.”

Tampa private sector jobs added

August 8th, 2017

Many Tampa private sector jobs were added last year.

The Tampa area added 44,700 new private-sector jobs in the last year, the second-highest number of jobs among all metro areas.

Tampa’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from one year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 17,800 new jobs in June and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent, the lowest rate since June 2007.

Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,397,400 new private-sector jobs.

Governor Scott said, “Tampa continues to have strong economic growth, with nearly 45,000 jobs created over the year and the state’s highest number of job openings. Thanks to our focus on cutting taxes and making Florida more competitive and business-friendly, Tampa Bay job creators are helping connect families with the opportunities they need to be successful.”

Tampa led the state in job growth over the year in the following industries: professional and business services with 16,200 new jobs; construction with 8,200 new jobs; other services with 3,800 new jobs; and information with 600 new jobs.

The Tampa area remained first among the state metro areas in job demand in June with 46,860 openings. The Tampa area also continues to rank first in the state in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 14,988 openings in June.

For 63 consecutive months, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.1 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent. In June, 22,977 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Tampa Bay and the state’s other 23 local workforce boards.