Archive for August, 2015

Retail jobs in Tampa grow

Monday, August 24th, 2015

The number of retail jobs in Tampa are picking up, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment increased by 215,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Job gains occurred in retail trade, health care, professional and technical services, and financial activities.

Employment in retail trade increased by 36,000 in July and has risen by 322,000 over the year.

In July, motor vehicle and parts dealers added 13,000 jobs, and employment continued to trend up in general merchandise stores (+6,000).

Health care added 28,000 jobs in July and has added 436,000 jobs over the year. In July, employment rose in hospitals (+16,000).

Professional and technical services added 27,000 jobs in July, with gains in computer systems design and related services (+9,000) and architectural and engineering services (+6,000). Over the past 12 months, professional and technical services has added 301,000 jobs. Management of companies and enterprises added 14,000 jobs over the month.

Employment in financial activities rose by 17,000 in July and has risen by 156,000 over the past 12 months. Insurance carriers and related activities accounted for more than half of the gain in July (+10,000) and over the year (+85,000).

In July, manufacturing employment edged up (+15,000). Employment in nondurable goods rose by 23,000 over the month, including gains in food manufacturing (+9,000) and in plastics and rubber products (+6,000).

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in July (+29,000) and has increased by 376,000 over the year.

Employment in transportation and warehousing also continued to trend up in July (+14,000) and has risen by 146,000 over the year. Employment in couriers and messengers rose by 3,000 over the month.

Is there a push to recruit for Tampa sales jobs?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

A recent survey points to evidence that employers are recruiting for Tampa sales jobs.

According to a recent Careerbuilder survey, early half of employers (47 percent) expect to increase starting salaries on job offers over the next 12 months. Around 1 in 6 employers will raise starting salaries by 5 percent or more.

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

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

Hiring managers in small businesses are indicating a greater sense of confidence when it comes to recruitment plans. Hiring is expected to increase three percentage points over last year for companies with 50 or fewer employees.

50 or fewer employees – 27 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 24 percent last year
250 or fewer employees – 37 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 35 percent last year