Archive for July, 2015

Are Tampa customer service jobs growing?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

A new survey from Careerbuilder may point to Tampa customer service jobs growing.

Three in ten workers (29 percent) plan to change jobs in the next 12 months, up from 25 percent last year.

“There’s a favorable dynamic happening in the labor market today,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “Companies are feeling more financially secure and increasing their headcount. This is creating a more competitive hiring environment, which is having a positive impact on wages and the labor force participation rate. We expect to see continued strength in these trends with nearly half of employers looking to add staff and raise starting salaries in the months ahead.”

•49 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the second half of 2015, up from 47 percent last year
•28 percent plan to hire part-time employees in the second half of 2015, up from 27 percent last year
•34 percent plan to hire temporary or contract workers in the second half of 2015, up from 33 percent last year

Information Technology (56 percent), Health Care (56 percent), Hospitality (54 percent), Financial Services (52 percent), Manufacturing (52 percent) and Retail (50 percent) are among industries expected to outperform the national average for full-time, permanent hiring in the back half of the year.

The top functional areas where employers will be adding jobs in the second half of 2015 include:
•Customer Service – 31 percent of hiring managers
•Sales – 23 percent
•Information Technology – 22 percent
•Production – 18 percent
•Accounting/Finance – 12 percent
•Marketing – 11 percent
•Human Resources – 9 percent

Drilling down into specifics, some of the in-demand areas employers will be recruiting for include those tied to mobile, search or cloud technology; cyber security; social media; wellness; financial regulation; managing and interpreting big data; content strategy for the Web; alternative energy sources and robotics.

Comparing regions, the Northeast displayed the biggest increase in the percentage of employers planning to add full-time, permanent headcount in the second half of the year. Hiring in the other regions is expected to experience a slight shift or stay in line with last year.
•Northeast – 52 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 48 percent last year
•South – 49 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 48 percent last year
•Midwest – 46 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, on par with last year
•West – 46 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, down from 47 percent last year

Thirty-nine percent of employers added full-time, permanent headcount in the second quarter, up from 36 percent last year. Nine percent decreased headcount – an improvement from 10 percent last year – while 51 percent made no change and 1 percent were unsure.

Are vets getting help securing Tampa jobs?

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Some veterans may be getting a hand when it comes to securing Tampa jobs, among other locations.

Many cities are being awarded nearly $35 million in grants to provide an estimated 16,000 veterans with job-driven training for in-demand jobs to help them successfully transition from homelessness to sustainable housing and good civilian jobs.

he Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program is awarding funds competitively to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, and tribal governments, including faith-based and community organizations.

Homeless veterans may receive occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services.

HVRP is the only federal program that focuses exclusively on employment of veterans who are homeless.

Grantees in the HVRP program network coordinate their efforts with various local, state and federal social service providers.

“In cities like Salt Lake City, Houston and Phoenix, through partnerships and the aggressive delivery of supportive services, we have shown that veteran homelessness is not a reality we have to accept,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “The Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program has proven time and again that it can be effective in helping veterans overcome obstacles to employment and sustainable housing, and they deserve nothing less.”

City gets funds to help those find Tampa jobs

Monday, July 6th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor is awarding funds to 44 states to help those that are unemployed find Tampa jobs, among other locations.

The states were awarded $80 million to workforce agencies — in 44 states and in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia — to provide re-employment and eligibility assessments.

The grants will fund services such as in-person assessments at American Job Centers. These assessments of eligible claimants include the following:

Development of an individual re-employment plan
Access to labor market information specific to the individual’s location, job skills and employment prospects
A complete review of the claimant’s eligibility for UI benefits
Referrals to re-employment services or training at American Job Center

For the first time these grants will be available to fund reemployment services for these beneficiaries.

States will be transitioning to a new, targeted population during 2015 and will begin serving claimants who are identified as most likely to exhaust their UI benefits and claimants receiving Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members.

“Unemployment disrupts the lives of individuals and families and hurts our nation’s economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These grants will help the newly unemployed reduce the time between jobs and strengthen the integrity of the Unemployment Insurance program by preventing improper payments. By doing so, we can ensure unemployment benefits remain available for those who truly need them.”

Linux jobs in Tampa in high demand

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

A report from Dice.com shows that linux jobs in Tampa may be in high demand.

Recruiters are increasing efforts to hire Linux talent, according to the 2015 Linux Jobs Report, which forecasts the Linux job market based on a survey of hiring managers and Linux professionals.

Key statistics from the report include:

Nearly all hiring managers are looking to recruit Linux professionals in the next six months. With new Linux-based systems, projects and products constantly emerging, hiring the right talent to support all the growth continues to be a priority amongst employers. Ninety-seven percent of hiring managers report they will bring on Linux talent relative to other skills areas in the next six months.

The rise of open cloud platforms is creating even more demand for Linux professionals with the right expertise. Forty-two percent of hiring managers say that experience in OpenStack and CloudStack will have a major impact on their hiring decisions, while 23 percent report security is a sought-after area of expertise and 19 percent are looking for Linux talent with Software-Defined Networking (SDN) skills.

Linux-certified professionals will be especially well positioned in the job market this year, with 44 percent of hiring managers saying they’re more likely to hire a candidate with Linux certification, and 54 percent expecting either certification or formal training of their SysAdmin candidates.