Archive for May, 2015

Home Depot hires for retail jobs in Tampa

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Home Depot is hiring big this spring and will try to fill retail jobs in Tampa.

The home improvement retailer has begun filling more than 80,000 positions as it prepares for spring, the company’s busiest selling season.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,263 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico.

In fiscal 2012, The Home Depot had sales of $74.8 billion and earnings of $4.5 billion.

“Spring is our peak hiring season, giving us the opportunity to find some of the best associates who are passionate about customer service,” said Tim Crow, executive vice president—Human Resources.

Job opportunities are available on a market-by-market basis, based on individual store needs and geographical variance in climate. College students, retirees, veterans and reservists are encouraged to apply.

The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

Manufacturing jobs in Tampa show little change

Friday, May 8th, 2015

According to a recent release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, manufacturing jobs in Tampa are unchanged in terms of numbers.

Employment rose by 223,000 in April, after edging up in March (+85,000). In April, employment increased in professional and business services, health care, and construction, while employment in mining continued to decline.

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

Professional and business services added 62,000 jobs in April. Over the prior 3 months, job gains averaged 35,000 per month. In April, services to buildings and dwellings added 16,000 jobs, following little change in March. Employment continued to trend up in April in computer systems design and related services (+9,000), in business support services (+7,000), and in management and technical consulting services (+6,000).

Health care employment increased by 45,000 in April. Job growth was distributed among the three major components–ambulatory health care services (+25,000), hospitals (+12,000), and nursing and residential care facilities (+8,000). Over the past year, health care has added 390,000 jobs.

Employment in construction rose by 45,000 in April, after changing little in March. Over the past 12 months, construction has added 280,000 jobs. In April, job growth was concentrated in specialty trade contractors (+41,000), with employment gains about evenly split between the residential and nonresidential components.

Employment declined over the month in nonresidential building construction (-8,000).

Employment in mining fell by 15,000 in April, with most of the job loss in support activities for mining (-10,000) and in oil and gas extraction (-3,000). Since the beginning of the year, employment in mining has declined by 49,000, with losses concentrated in support activities for mining.

Wages for engineering jobs in Tampa declining?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Although previously deemed “hot jobs,” the wages for engineering jobs in Tampa are possibly declining, according to the PayScale Index from Careerbuilder.

The Index shows national wages for Q1 barely increased at 0.1 percent and the average 12-month change in U.S. wages across all industries was 1.8 percent. Of note, previous top performing sectors such as the professional, scientific and technical services industry and the oil and gas industry experienced a decline in Q1.

Meanwhile, construction jobs and the real estate industry which saw wages decline in recent years are now showing signs of recovery.

Finally, the Index shows wage growth continues to lag, as real wages are down almost 7 percent since 2006, a measure calculated by analyzing nominal wage growth and the average change in price of a fixed basket of goods and services.

Key findings in the Q1 2015 PayScale Index:
•STEM focused jobs experienced a slow-down:◦Wages for previously ‘hot-performing’ IT, engineering, science and biotech jobs fell slightly in Q1 and have been relatively flat for several months. For example, science and biotech jobs grew just 1.0 percent annually, experiencing the lowest wage growth of any category. However, these jobs are still near the top for wage growth since 2006 (approximately 10 percent), due to remarkable growth for several years.

•Industry Highlights:◦Although the oil and gas industry experienced the highest total wage growth since 2006 at 19 percent, declining oil prices resulted in the lowest annual wage growth of any industry at 0.8 percent. Similarly, the oil city of Houston experienced a wage dip in Q1 as wages fell 0.2 percent from Q4 2014 and rose only 1.2 percent annually (behind the national average of 1.8 percent).
◦Real estate tied with the wholesale trade industry for the largest annual growth for Q1 at 3 percent and wages in real estate grew more than 5 percent since their low point in Q3 2013. Wage growth in the real estate industry mirrors recent increases in the housing market.
◦Similar to real estate, the construction industry also experienced a recovery with annual wage growth of 2.7 percent. A previous wage loser, annual wage growth for construction jobs topped the list for all job categories with 2.9 percent.

•U.S. Metro Wage Growth: ◦The top five U.S. metro areas experiencing the highest annual wage growth in Q1 are:■San Diego, CA (3.0 percent)
■Miami, FL (2.9 percent)
■San Francisco, CA (2.8 percent)
■Phoenix, AZ (2.4 percent)
■Philadelphia, PA (2.3 percent)

◦The two U.S. metros experiencing the lowest annual wage growth are:■Minneapolis, MN (0.8 percent)
■Boston, MA (0.7 percent)

•Canadian Metro Wage Growth: ◦Edmonton, AB had the highest annual wage growth again of any Canadian city at 2.1 percent.
◦Montreal, QC also had a strong year with annual wage growth of 1.8 percent.
◦The oil cities of Edmonton and Calgary still dominate Canadian metropolitan areas for most growth since 2006 at 23.8 and 18.6 percent, respectively.
◦Vancouver, BC and Ottawa, ON had the lowest annual wage growth in Canada at 0.7 and 0.2 percent, respectively. Vancouver saw total growth less than Canada overall (10.9 percent vs. 11.4 percent).