Archive for October, 2014

Workers find seasonal employment jobs in Tampa

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

People looking for jobs are having good luck finding seasonal employment jobs in Tampa, among other locations.

In fact, the holiday hiring season looks very promising, according to a hiring outlook survey from Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Continued employment gains across all industries and increased consumer spending are expected to boost demand for seasonal workers this year.

“The last two years saw holiday hiring return to pre-recession levels. This year, we could see hiring return to levels not seen since the height of the boom. Holiday spending will undoubtedly benefit from the fact that payrolls are increasing by an average of 215,000 new workers per month, so far this year. That translates into more people with jobs, which means more holiday spending money,” said Challenger.

Challenger also pointed to last week’s report from the Commerce Department showing that retail sales rose 0.6 percent in August. It was the biggest increase in four months, driven largely consumer spending on furniture, electronics, sporting goods and clothing.

“Despite the positive indicators, an increase in holiday hiring is by no means guaranteed, particularly among traditional, brick-and-mortar retailers. One of the prime motivators behind the substantial UPS hiring strategy is the shift toward online purchases,” noted Challenger.

“As more people do their holiday shopping over the internet, the need for extra workers on the sales floors at the malls and in department stores may decline. Last year, Target cut seasonal hiring by 20 percent to 70,000, due in part to more online shopping, as well as the fact that technological improvements make it possible for the store to handle increased holiday traffic without adding as many extra workers. Reports have the company keeping this year’s holiday hiring at the same level,” he added.

“Job seekers hoping to take advantage of seasonal hiring should be prepared to look beyond the traditional retail store fronts. Some of the best opportunities could be in the backroom, handling incoming and outgoing shipments. Job seekers should also look for positions at warehouses and shipping facilities associated with retailers and/or transportation companies.

People with Tampa jobs argue for minimum wage

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Employers are hotly discussing the merits of raising the minimum wage and how it would affect those with Tampa jobs, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

The survey found that a strong majority of employers (62 percent) think the minimum wage in their state should be increased, including 58 percent of company senior leaders.

While most employers would like to see a hike in their state, only 7 percent think a minimum wage of $15 per hour or more would be fair. Nine percent don’t think there should be a set minimum wage. Nearly half (48 percent) think a fair minimum wage should be set between $10 and $14 per hour.

$7.25 per hour (current federal minimum): 8 percent
$8.00 or $9.00 per hour: 29 percent
$10.00 per hour: 29 percent
$11.00-$14.00 per hour: 19 percent
$15.00 or more per hour: 7 percent
No set minimum wage: 9 percent

Among employers who want an increase in their state, improving the standard of living of workers led all business-related reasons for their support. A majority say a higher minimum wage helps the economy and helps them retain employees.

It can improve the standard of living: 74 percent
It can have a positive effect on employee retention: 58 percent
It can help bolster economy: 55 percent
It can increase consumer spending: 53 percent
Employees may be more productive/deliver higher quality work: 48 percent
It can afford workers the opportunity to pursue more training or education: 39 percent

Retailer fills seasonal jobs in Tampa

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The holidays are coming, and retailers like Kohl’s are preparing by hiring for seasonal jobs in Tampa.

The company is hiring more than 67,000 associates nationwide this holiday season to support seasonal business in stores and growth.

Hiring began this month, and most jobs will be filled by mid-November. Holiday positions are also being filled at the company’s distribution centers, where hiring began in August.

Associates working at distribution centers help ensure Kohl’s products get to the retail stores and into the hands of customers.

Associates working in Kohl’s credit operations perform a variety of jobs, including assisting customers with orders.

Kohl’s anticipates hiring an average of 50 associates per store to provide customers with excellent customer service throughout the holiday season at its 1,163 stores in 49 states.

In addition, the company anticipates hiring approximately 9,300 seasonal positions at distribution centers across the country and approximately 670 seasonal credit operations positions.

“Kohl’s is building a winning team by hiring more than 67,000 seasonal associates across the country to ensure we sustain the great service our customers know and have come to expect,” said Richard Schepp, Kohl’s senior executive vice president, human resources and general counsel. “By adding these associates, Kohl’s will continue to deliver an enjoyable and convenient shopping experience to all our valued customers, whether they choose to shop in store or online at this holiday season.”