Archive for October, 2016

Funding promotes apprentice jobs in Tampa

Monday, October 10th, 2016

A new round of funding is helping global partnerships and also apprentice jobs in Tampa.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs has awarded a $1.4 million, two-year project for implementation by the Global Apprenticeships Network. GAN is an international coalition of companies, multilateral organizations, and employers’ federations dedicated to creating work-readiness programs for youth.

The department’s grant to GAN will allow the organization to establish and strengthen country-level employer networks in support of apprenticeships for vulnerable youth – with a focus on youth who are at risk of being engaged in hazardous work. The project will also aim to secure new commitments from businesses and other donors to increase international support for youth apprenticeship programs, as well as promote the sharing of best practices among U.S.-based and international apprenticeship networks.

“The United States is investing in apprenticeship for one very simple reason – because it works,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Over the last two years, we’ve announced the availability of more than $250 million to help expand apprenticeship in America, and another $10 million to build lasting apprenticeship models abroad. Together, with partners like the Global Apprenticeship Network, we’re building a movement that changes people’s assumptions about apprenticeship – especially when it comes to whom and where they might be.”

Three $3 million projects to be awarded – in Kenya, Costa Rica and Argentina – will further support the grant to improve the capacity of governments, employers, workers’ organizations, and civil society to create and expand work-based training and apprenticeship programs for youth who are vulnerable to the worst forms of child labor. ILAB will announce the grant winners for these three projects in the coming weeks.

Retail jobs in Tampa added

Friday, October 7th, 2016

The newest labor statistics posit that retail jobs in Tampa were added.

Employment increased by 156,000 in September, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Thus far this year, job growth has averaged 178,000 per month, compared with an average of 229,000 per month in 2015. In September, employment gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care.

Professional and business services employment rose by 67,000 in September and has risen by 582,000 over the year.

Over the month, job gains occurred in management and technical consulting services (+16,000), and employment continued to trend up in administrative and support services (+35,000). Health care added 33,000 jobs in September.

Ambulatory health care services added 24,000 jobs over the month, and employment rose by 7,000 in hospitals. Over the past 12 months, health care has added 445,000 jobs.

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in September (+30,000) and has increased by 300,000 over the year.

Retail trade employment continued to trend up over the month (+22,000). Within the industry, job gains occurred in clothing and clothing accessories stores (+14,000) and in gasoline stations (+8,000). Over the year, employment in retail trade has risen by 317,000.

Mining employment was unchanged in September after declining by 220,000 from a peak in September 2014.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, changed little over the month.

Customer service jobs in Tampa may grow

Friday, October 7th, 2016

New data from Careerbuilder shows that customer service jobs in Tampa may tick up.

Seasonal and permanent workers are expected to take home bigger paychecks in the fourth quarter as the push for better wages and the increased competition for skilled labor remain hot issues for employers, according to CareerBuilder’s Q4 2016 U.S. Job Forecast.

In terms of full-time, permanent employees, 68 percent of employers plan to increase salaries for these workers in Q4, with 28 percent anticipating an average pay increase of 5 percent or more.

Looking across industries, one-third of employers (33 percent) expect to hire seasonal workers in Q4, the same as last year. An increasing number of these employers are viewing seasonal hiring as a means to test-drive candidates for more permanent roles. Sixty-two percent expect to hire some of their seasonal staff for full-time positions, up from 57 percent last year and a big leap from 42 percent two years ago.

While a significant number of employers will be increasing staff to meet demands of the busier holiday season, others are focused on wrapping up 2016 or getting ready for the New Year. Companies across industries are hiring seasonal workers for:

  • Customer Service – 37 percent
  • Administrative/Clerical Support – 19 percent
  • Accounting/Finance – 16 percent
  • Inventory Management – 16 percent
  • Shipping and Delivery – 16 percent
  • Technology – 15 percent
  • Marketing – 13 percent
  • Sales (non-retail) – 13 percent
  • Hosting/Greeting – 13 percent

The West houses the largest percentage of employers planning to hire full-time, permanent staff and seasonal staff in Q4 (39 percent and 40 percent, respectively) and experienced the largest year-over-year gain for permanent hiring (6 percentage points). The Midwest is trailing all regions for both permanent and seasonal hiring at 29 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Overall seasonal hiring is expected to hold steady with gains in the Northeast offsetting declines in other regions. Thirty-four of employers in the Northeast plan to add seasonal staff in Q4, up from 28 percent in 2015.