Archive for October, 2015

Seasonal jobs in Tampa added

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Employers are busy adding seasonal jobs in Tampa, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

Thirty-four percent of U.S. employers plan to hire full-time, permanent staff in Q4, and nearly the same percentage (33 percent) expect to add seasonal staff. More than half (53 percent) of retailers plan to hire seasonal workers in Q4, up from 43 percent last year.

Thirty-nine percent of employers added full-time, permanent headcount in Q3, up from 34 percent in the same period in 2014 and 28 percent in 2013. Ten percent decreased headcount, on par with last year, while 49 percent made no change to staff levels and 1 percent was unsure.

Half of seasonal employers (52 percent) say they’re boosting staffs to help with the busier holiday season while others are focused on wrapping up the year (30 percent) or ramping up for 2016 (31 percent).

While the amount of retailers planning to hire seasonal help in Q4 increased 10 percentage points over last year, companies across industries are hiring for a variety of areas:

· Customer Service – 46 percent

· Administrative/Clerical Support – 23 percent

· Inventory Management – 17 percent

· Hosting/Greeting – 17 percent

· Shipping/Delivery – 16 percent

· Accounting/Finance – 15 percent

· Marketing – 15 percent

· Sales (non-retail) – 11 percent

· Technology – 10 percent

FDOT explores transportation jobs in Tampa

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

A new grant will help the Florida Department of Transportation explore transportation jobs in Tampa.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced $200,000 in grants under its Surface Transportation Research, Development and Deployment Program in order to allow cities with congestion problems to explore shifting many freight delivery and pickups to nighttime and off-peak hours.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will also receive a $100,000 grant to partner with the Sacred Heart Health System to explore off-hour freight deliveries at its medical campus, in Pensacola, Fla., which includes the expanding children’s hospital and adult care center.

The grant will help the hospital and FDOT investigate the cost-benefit of off-hour deliveries, including materials for campus operations and hospital supplies, in light of the additional traffic expected from the growing facility.

According to a USDOT study earlier this year “Beyond Traffic,” by 2040 the amount of freight moving in the United States will grow by 45 percent.

“The problem of daytime truck traffic is well-known to any major city in the United States, and it’s time for new solutions,” Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau said. “While aggravating local traffic, trucks too have been forced to crawl through city streets – causing businesses loses in time, money and productivity.”

“The problem of daytime truck traffic is well-known to any major city in the United States, and it’s time for new solutions,” Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau said. “While aggravating local traffic, trucks too have been forced to crawl through city streets – causing businesses loses in time, money and productivity.”

Did manufacturing jobs in Tampa get cut?

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

A new report from Challenger, Gray, & Christmas shows that manufacturing jobs in Tampa may have been trimmed.

To date, employers have announced 434,554 job cuts in 2015. That is up 31 percent from the 332,931 planned layoffs in the first eight months of 2014. With monthly totals averaging 54,319, 2015 job cuts are on track to exceed 650,000 for the year, which would be the highest year-end tally since 2009 (1,272,030).

Employers in the U.S. announced plans to shed 41,186 workers from payrolls last month, a 61 percent decline from the 105,696 layoffs in July. The July figure was the highest since September 2011, when monthly job cuts reached 115,730.

The August total was 2.9 percent higher than the same month a year ago, when 40,010 planned job cuts were announced. This marks the seventh month this year that the job-cut total was higher than the comparable month from 2014.

“Overall, retail is relatively healthy, but we have seen some big layoffs this year, particularly from long-time players that simply have not been able to keep up with changing consumer trends. These retailers somehow manage to survive, but only through multiple bankruptcies, such as A&P. Earlier this year RadioShack announced 5,400 job cuts,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

“Going forward, the recent volatility in the stock market may have a negative impact on retail sales, as investors who took a hit curtail spending. However, retailers may be reluctant to shed too many workers as we head into the holiday season. Overall, we have not seen any job cuts attributed to the stock market’s swoon. We are more likely to see cuts resulting from the underlying cause of the volatility, which is the weakening economy in China and other developing nations,” said Challenger.

Have Tampa energy jobs been cut?

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

The U.S. saw many job cuts last month, and some of them may have been Tampa energy jobs.

According to Challenger, Gray, & Christmas, For the year, employers have announced 493,431 planned layoffs, 36 percent more than the 363,408 cuts tracked from January through September a year ago. The year-to-date total is actually 2.0 percent higher than the 2014 year-end total of 483,171.

“Job cuts have already surpassed last year’s total and are on track to end the year as the highest annual total since 2009, when nearly 1.3 million layoffs were announced at the tail-end of the recession,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

While job cuts over the first two quarters of 2015 were dominated by oil-related industries, recent downsizing activity has been concentrated in the public sector and the computer industry.

The computer industry saw the heaviest job cuts in September, as perpetually struggling Hewlett-Packard announced plans to reduce its workforce by as many as 30,000. In all, the industry saw 32,500 job cuts during the month. That is the highest one-month total for this industry since IBM announced 60,000 job cuts in 1993.

To date, computer firms have announced 58,874 job cuts, just shy of the 59,528 computer-industry jobs cuts in all of 2014.

For the year, the biggest job cutting sector is energy, which has announced 72,708 job cuts since January 1. Most of the energy cuts occurred in the first half of year, with just 12,208 job cuts recorded in the latest quarter.