Archive for March, 2015

Retail jobs in Tampa continue to climb

Monday, March 30th, 2015

It’s looking good for retail jobs in Tampa, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics recent labor stats show.

Employment in retail trade continued to trend up in February (+32,000) and has grown by 319,000 over the year.

In February, food services and drinking places added 59,000 jobs. The industry had added an average of 35,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months.

Employment in professional and business services increased by 51,000 in February and has risen by 660,000 over the year. In February, employment continued to trend up in management and technical consulting services (+7,000), computer systems design and related services (+5,000), and architectural and engineering services (+5,000).

Construction added 29,000 jobs in February. Employment in specialty trade contractors rose by 27,000, mostly in the residential component. Over the past 12 months, construction has added 321,000 jobs.

In February, employment in health care rose by 24,000, with gains in ambulatory care services (+20,000) and hospitals (+9,000). Health care had added an average of 29,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months.

Transportation and warehousing added 19,000 jobs in February, with most of the gain occurring in couriers and messengers (+12,000). Employment in transportation and warehousing grew by an average of 14,000 per month over the prior 12 months.

Manufacturing employment continued to trend up in February (+8,000). Within the industry, petroleum and coal products lost 6,000 jobs, largely due to a strike.

Employment in mining decreased by 9,000 in February, with most of the decline in support activities for mining (-7,000).

Employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, information, financial activities, and government, showed little change over the month.

Tampa IT jobs hard to fill?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

A report from Payscale shows that out of many different kinds of jobs, IT jobs in Tampa may have been the hardest to fill.

The 2015 PayScale Compensation Best Practices Report found that:

55 percent of organizations increased in size in 2014; only 9 percent decreased
About three-quarters of companies expect their financial situation to improve in 2015
In 2014, 85 percent of companies gave pay raises and 89 percent say raises are in the plans for 2015
Three-quarters of respondents gave bonuses in 2014, more than in previous years
The #1 reason people leave medium and large organizations is “seeking higher pay”

“Increasingly, a company’s ability to get compensation right is a prerequisite for achieving its growth projections,” said PayScale’s Vice President of Marketing, Tim Low. “Real-time compensation data that reveals the realities of specific talent markets allows companies to attract their most desired candidates and also retain existing employees who might otherwise be looking for a better deal.”

“Even in our age of data overload, many businesses still take a ‘play it by ear’ approach when it comes to talent management,” said Michael Moon, Human Capital Management Research Director at Aberdeen Group. “However, these results show that companies need to get very serious, very quickly about retention and compensation by adopting modern technologies and approaches if they want their businesses to not only survive, but thrive in the new economy.”
Retention woes remain at an all-time high with nearly 60 percent of respondents citing it as a top concern
The professional, scientific and technology services industry is most concerned with employee retention
More than half of all respondents agree with the statement: “There is a lack of qualified applicants for our open job positions”
IT, management and engineering positions were the hardest to fill

Construction jobs in Tampa climb

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Overall, it would appear that construction jobs in Tampa are climbing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Construction added 29,000 jobs in February. Employment in specialty trade contractors rose by 27,000, mostly in the residential component. Over the past 12 months, construction has added 321,000 jobs.

In February, employment in health care rose by 24,000, with gains in ambulatory care services (+20,000) and hospitals (+9,000). Health care had added an average of 29,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months.

Transportation and warehousing added 19,000 jobs in February, with most of the gain occurring in couriers and messengers (+12,000). Employment in transportation and warehousing grew by an average of 14,000 per month over the prior 12 months.

Manufacturing employment continued to trend up in February (+8,000). Within the industry, petroleum and coal products lost 6,000 jobs, largely due to a strike.

Employment in mining decreased by 9,000 in February, with most of the decline in support activities for mining (-7,000).

Employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, information, financial activities, and government, showed little change over the month.

Construction added 29,000 jobs in February. Employment in specialty trade contractors rose by 27,000, mostly in the residential component. Over the past 12 months, construction has added 321,000 jobs.

In February, employment in health care rose by 24,000, with gains in ambulatory care services (+20,000) and hospitals (+9,000). Health care had added an average of 29,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months.

Payroll employment rose by 295,000 in February, compared with an average monthly gain of 266,000 over the prior 12 months.

Job gains occurred in food services and drinking places, professional and business services,construction, health care, and in transportation and warehousing. Employment in mining declined over the month.

Manufacturing jobs in Tampa grow

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The latest report from ADP shows that manufacturing jobs in Tampa may be growing.

Overall, payrolls for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 106,000 jobs in December, up from 99,000 in November. Employment among companies with 50-499 employees rose by 70,000, down slightly from November’s increase of 73,000.

Employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – increased from 54,000 the previous month to 66,000 jobs added in December. Companies with 500-999 employees added 22,000 jobs, up from November’s 12,000, which accounted for most of the increase. Companies with over 1,000 employees added 43,000 jobs, just above November’s 42,000.

Goods-producing employment rose by 46,000 jobs in December, up from 40,000 jobs gained in November. The construction industry added 23,000 jobs, up from last month’s gain of 20,000. Meanwhile, manufacturing added 26,000 jobs in December, well above November’s 16,000 and the second highest monthly total of 2014 in that sector.

Service-providing employment rose by 194,000 jobs in December, up from 187,000 in November. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/business services contributed 69,000 jobs in December. Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 44,000, down from November’s 54,000.

The 16,000 new jobs added in financial activities was well above last month’s 5,000 and represented the largest monthly gain for 2014 in that sector.

“December delivered another strong number well above 200,000 to close out a solid year of employment growth with over two and a half million jobs added,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. “Small businesses continued to lead the way, but mid-sized and large companies also showed solid gains.”