Archive for June, 2017

Tech giant hires for cybersecurity jobs in Tampa

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

IBM is busy hiring veterans for cybersecurity jobs in Tampa.

The employer has begun a big initiative to hire 2,000 U.S. veterans over the next four years. These positions are part of the company’s broader pledge to hire 25,000 U.S. workers through 2020, and many are “new collar jobs” that do not always require a four-year college degree.

“The men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces have unique talents and skill sets that make them a natural fit for some of the technology industry’s most exciting fields,” said Diane Gherson, IBM’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources. “Many of the positions IBM is eager to fill are new collar jobs. What’s most important in these roles is having the right mix of skills and experience that our clients need in fast-growing areas like cloud computing, cybersecurity, network management, and digital design. Veterans bring a disciplined work ethic as well as strong collaboration and communications skills acquired through their military service, all capabilities that IBM values highly.”

Furthering its commitment to help veterans build new collar job skills, IBM also has expanded its nationwide program to train U.S. vets in software that is widely used in the defense and law enforcement industries.

Since January 2016, IBM has been hosting one U.S. training session per month that certifies participating veterans in the use of i2 Analysts’ Notebook. Recent training sessions have taken place in Pittsburgh, Tampa, and Las Vegas, with upcoming sessions in Philadelphia, Fort Drum, and Houston. More than 500 veterans have been trained to-date, and hundreds more will participate in the program this year.

The free certification in IBM analytics solutions that will aid in cybersecurity and national security software skills is followed-up with career placement services provided by Corporate America Supports You, a nationwide non-profit that provides employment assistance for current and former military personnel, together with IBM and other corporate partners.

Tampa jobs grow

Monday, June 5th, 2017

New labor statistics show that Tampa jobs have grown.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in April 2017, down 0.3 percentage point from 4.8 percent in March 2017, and down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. There were 460,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,142,000.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 8,552,500 in April 2017, an increase of 10,900 jobs (+0.1 percent) over the month.

The state gained 215,400 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.6 percent. Nationally, the number of jobs rose 1.6 percent over the year. Florida’s over-the-year job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since May 2012.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,552,500 in April 2017, up 215,400 jobs compared to a year ago. April 2017 was the 81st consecutive month with positive over-the-year job growth. The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+39,500 jobs, +3.1 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs included trade, transportation, and utilities (+36,600 jobs, +2.1 percent); construction (+34,400 jobs, +7.4 percent); education and health services (+32,700 jobs, +2.6 percent); leisure and hospitality (+30,500 jobs, +2.6 percent); other services (+12,500 jobs, +3.6 percent); financial activities (+11,700 jobs, +2.1 percent); manufacturing (+11,100 jobs, +3.1 percent); government (+6,300 jobs, +0.6 percent); and information (+200 jobs, +0.1 percent).

Colt creating Tampa manufacturing jobs

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Colt is busy creating more Tampa manufacturing jobs.

Cott Corporation, one of the world’s largest beverage producers and distributors, will be expanding their headquarters in Hillsborough County. The expansion will create 60 new jobs and invest $800,000 in the local community.

Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce Cott Corporation is expanding their headquarters in Hillsborough County and creating 60 new jobs for Tampa families. Florida businesses have added more than 1.25 million private-sector jobs in the last six years and we will keep working every day to make our state the number one place to grow a business. I look forward to welcoming more job creators like Cott Corporation to Florida.”

Jerry Fowden, CEO, Cott Corporation said, “Cott has undergone a significant and positive transformation in recent years including acquisitions such as DS Services, Aquaterra, Eden Springs and most recently, S&D Coffee and Tea. As we grow, we continue to strive to be an employer of choice in the Florida and Tampa market. Tampa has been a very good location for our global headquarters, offering a workforce whose skills align with our business needs. That makes this region increasingly attractive to us.”

With over 12,000 employees, Cott maintains operations in 20 countries worldwide. Cott also develops and manufactures beverage concentrates, which it exports to approximately 50 countries around the world.

Brad Goist, President, North America, Cott Beverages said, “We had an opportunity to evaluate aspects of our North America support structure recently and have decided to relocate positions from other domestic and international locations and further invest those jobs in Tampa. We believe this is a good investment for our business unit and we look forward to continuing to grow with Tampa in the years to come.”


Company creates biotechnology in Tampa

Monday, June 5th, 2017

One company is expanding and creating more biotechnology jobs in Tampa.

Amgen, one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies, plans to locate a Capability Center in Tampa. The 136,000-square-foot facility will begin operating in October 2017, ultimately adding 450 employees by the end of 2018. The new, highly-skilled positions will support a variety of functions with the delivery of business-enabling services including operational, analytical, staff support and business support activities.

Governor Rick Scott said, “I am proud that 450 new jobs are being created for Tampa families. We will continue to do all we can to grow Florida’s economy by cutting taxes and reducing burdensome regulations.”

Amgen conducted an exhaustive evaluation of U.S. communities for the Capability Center. After visiting the finalist communities, the selection team chose Tampa.

“Amgen is proud to be establishing our new, state-of-the-art Capability Center in Tampa,” said David W. Meline, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Amgen. “We are a Company driven by a single mission—to serve patients—and the services and activities that will happen at the Center are central to enabling this. We look forward to working with the world class talent found in Tampa and being a member of the community.”

Amgen’s new Capability Center will occupy four floors of Corporate Center One, located at 2202 N. Westshore Blvd. in Tampa.

“The fact that Tampa was selected as the location of choice for the Amgen Capability Center is proof of our competitiveness and ability to attract the world’s most innovative companies,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa. “Tampa is becoming the preferred destination for highly talented people and companies that want to be a part of this city’s exciting future. Amgen will certainly play a big role in shaping it, and we are thrilled to welcome them.”