Archive for November, 2017

Will seasonal jobs in Tampa grow?

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Holiday hiring is happening, and many labor experts are predicting that seasonal jobs in Tampa, among other cities, will grow.

Retailers are signaling that there might be high demand for seasonal jobs, according to a forecast released Thursday from global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Target announced it was hiring 100,000 seasonal positions for the holidays, up from the 70,000 in-store workers and 7,500 fulfillment and warehouse workers announced last year. Target also indicated they were lowering prices in all stores, a response to Amazon and Walmart’s price-slashing practices.

“The competition among major big-box retailers will incentivize consumers to spend more this holiday season. These stores will need to add staff in order to meet demand,” said John Challenger, Chief Executive Officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Last year, seasonal retail employment increased by 641,000 during the final three months of the year, the lowest number since the 495,800 retail hires announced in the final months of 2009.

Last year’s job gains were 9.6 percent lower than the previous year, when retailers added 708,800 jobs, according to employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Last year, BLS data showed that transportation and warehousing employment increased by a nonseasonally adjusted 246,700 workers in the final quarter of the year, 8 percent higher than the 228,400 workers hired in this sector in the final three months of 2015. In 2007, the seasonal job gains for this sector measured just 24,300.

Company adds finance jobs in Tampa

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

One company is expanding and adding more finance jobs in Tampa.

The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation today announced that MetLife, Inc., is expanding its Tampa operations, adding 430 additional, high-wage jobs at its existing campus and investing $25 million in the project. One of the world’s leading financial services companies, MetLife will hire for a variety of new positions that will pay an average of 150% of Hillsborough County’s annual private sector wage.

MetLife first established operations in Tampa over four decades ago and currently employs more than 1,500 at its Tampa campus. Providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

“We are thankful for MetLife’s continued investment in Hillsborough County and the 430 high-wage jobs they are creating for local families,” said Stacy White, chairman of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. “With this significant expansion, Hillsborough County strengthens its position as the preferred location in the Southeast for the world’s leading financial and professional services firms.”

The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

“Tampa has earned an international reputation for the excellence of its financial and professional services workforce, and MetLife’s success here is a key reason why,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa. “We deeply appreciate MetLife’s decision to expand again in our market, and look forward to supporting their continued success.”