Archive for March, 2014

Hospitality jobs in Tampa climb?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The newest data from Manpower shows that employers have a positive outlook and may be hiring for hospitality jobs in Tampa.

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.”

More education required for Tampa sales jobs?

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

There soon may be a higher level of education required for Tampa sales jobs, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.

Research published in The Talent Equation by Ferguson and co-authors Lorin Hitt (professor, Wharton School, UPenn) and Prasanna Tambe (assistant professor, Stern School, NYU) suggests that for some occupations, rising education requirements pays off for businesses.

The authors analyzed the career histories of more than 20 million resumes, connecting these workers to the bottom lines of thousands of employers. The regression-based analysis specifically linked the firms’ workforce education-levels to changes in company performance.

For some job functions, particularly in areas that don’t traditionally require a college education, hiring more workers with college degrees appears to significantly affect a company’s bottom line.

· Customer service workers: A company that increases its number of customer service workers with bachelor’s degrees by 10 percent is associated with about $26,000 higher value added*per employee.

· Sales workers: A 10 percent increase in sales workers with college degrees is associated with about $31,000 higher value added per employee.

· Management workers: A 10 percent increase in management workers with college degrees is associated with about $63,000 value added per employee.

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

Firm creates legal jobs in Tampa

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

A Tampa law firm is busy creating legal jobs in Tampa.

Pennington, P.A. has announced the addition of Partner Stacy Estes Yates, Partner Robert A. “Gus” Harper III, Special Consultant Jim DeBeaugrine, and General Litigation Associates Monica Hernandez and Matt Bryant.

Yates focuses her practice on general civil litigation, insurance defense litigation, physician and pharmacist professional liability defense, healthcare compliance, and criminal defense. Yates has tried over 30 jury and non-jury trials. She graduated with honors from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

Harper was recently recognized by the national Best Lawyers in America publication as “Tallahassee’s 2014 Lawyer of the Year” for non-white collar criminal defense. Harper has also been recognized among the “Best Lawyers in America,” “Florida’s Super Lawyers,” and as a “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law.

DeBeaugrine specializes in appropriations, disability and aging issues, health and long term care, Medicaid, and criminal and civil justice. He served as House staff for 19 years including 10 as the Staff Director of the House Justice Appropriations Committee. He also served for 8 years as an analyst with the House Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee. Over the last two years DeBeaugrine managed his own consulting firm, RFJ Governmental Consultants.

“We are always looking for opportunities to expand our practice areas and to bring on top-notch attorneys and consultants. Fortunately, we’ve accomplished both goals with the addition of these professionals and they will help us build upon our legacy of excellent legal service,” states Pennington P.A. President Breck Brannen. The firm adds new practice areas, Criminal and Civil Fraud Defense and Divorce/Family Law, with the addition of attorney Harper.

Firm hires for real estate jobs in Tampa

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Law firm Fowler White Boggs has secured a key hire to fill real estate jobs in Tampa.

Rose K. Wilson has joined the firm’s Tampa office as a shareholder and will practice in the Tax, Trusts and Estates Practice Group.

Wilson handles buy-sell agreements, defective grantor trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, wills and revocable trusts, beneficiary defective trusts, asset protection trusts, partnership agreements, conflict of interest and whistleblower policies, charitable trusts, and trust reformation.

Wilson has experience that includes negotiating business succession plans and sales of businesses; assisting with formation, restructuring and dissolution of for-profit and nonprofit entities; preparing complex estate plans for high net worth clients with estates of up to $500 million; handling IRS audits of gift and estate tax returns and tax-exempt organizations.

Wilson was a shareholder with Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Atlanta, Georgia. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court and licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Arkansas. Ms. Wilson attended the University of Florida where she earned her Master of Laws in Taxation, her Juris Doctor, cum laude, as well as a Master of Accounting and Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in Accounting.

Fowler White Boggs is internationally connected with a Florida focus with 100 attorneys in five offices located in Tampa, Fort Myers, Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale.