Archive for January, 2017

IT jobs in Tampa climb

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

A recent Careerbuilder survey shows that IT jobs in Tampa may be growing.

The demand for temporary labor will continue to be strong as employers strive to have more flexibility in their staff levels. Fifty-one percent of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2017, an increase from 47 percent last year. Sixty-three percent of employers plan to transition some temporary or contract workers into permanent roles in 2017, up from 58 percent last year.

 

Among key trends shaping the job seeker experience in the coming year are:

1) Companies will be under pressure to offer higher pay – Two-thirds of employers (66 percent) plan to increase salaries on initial job offers; 30 percent of all employers will increase it by 5 percent or more. Nearly half (47 percent) of employers expect to increase the minimum wage at their organizations and, of these employers, 44 percent will increase it by $3 or more; 20 percent will increase it by $5 or more.

2) Job seekers will need to emphasize their soft skills –When evaluating who they will hire in 2017, 62 percent of employers rated the candidate’s soft skills as very important (ie, skills associated with one’s personality such as positive attitude, team-oriented or dependable).

3) Employers will communicate with candidates via text – 41 percent of employers said they will follow a recent trend and reach out to candidates via text messages to schedule interviews.

4) Workers in general will need to become more savvy on social media – 63 percent of employers said they expect employees across job functions to have some experience with social media.

5) More companies will be open to hiring workers who are short on experience – 55 percent of employers said they will train workers who don’t have experience in their field and hire them in 2017.

Hot Areas for Hiring

Of employers who plan to increase their number of full-time, permanent employees in the New Year, the top five areas they will be recruiting for include:

  • Information Technology – 28 percent
  • Customer Service – 27 percent
  • Production – 26 percent
  • Sales – 25 percent
  • Administrative – 24 percent