IT jobs in Tampa grow

July 25th, 2018

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

Newgentek, an information technology company that designs, installs and supports technology infrastructure and workspaces, announced that it has expanded its North American headquarters in Tampa. The homegrown company will hire 20 new local employees and invest $500,000 in the project.

Newgentek was founded in 2017 by a group of IT entrepreneurs and professionals to provide end-to-end, turnkey technology solutions for multi-unit operators, hospitality and enterprise clients.

For multi-unit operators like restaurants and retailers, Newgentek sets up uniform IT standards that can be deployed across all locations. In the corporate space, the company builds user-friendly, functional workspaces that promote productivity with tools such as wireless technology, huddle spaces, and sound masking.

The Tampa Hillsborough EDC assisted Newgentek with property searches and connections to workforce resources like training grants. The company’s 6,400 square-foot facility located at 5555 W. Waters Ave., Suite 610 in Tampa is home base for its design, engineering and help desk services.

Newgentek joins a growing number of technology companies that have recently chosen to expand their operations in Tampa and Hillsborough County, including TransferWise, Revature, and Vendita.

“Newgentek is a great success story illustrating how a young company can grow quickly when it has access to highly-skilled talent and a pro-business climate,” said Alan F. List, MD, chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center. “We’re proud of our homegrown technology companies, and the EDC team is committed to supporting Newgentek’s continued growth in Tampa.”

Company expands, creates data jobs in Tampa

July 25th, 2018

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

Validity, Inc., a global provider of data quality and compliance, announced that it has opened a new hub in Tampa because of the city’s commitment to cultivate a spirit of technology and innovation for tech-based businesses. The company will hire 75 local employees for sales and marketing positions with a significant investment through 2018.

The Tampa Hillsborough EDC connected Validity to resources for workforce training grants.

With offices in Boston, Tampa, London, and Toronto, the Validity team and its leading data integrity platform enables tens of thousands of business executives across the world to trust their data through quality certification solutions, compliance driven offerings, and data tools and services that support IT professionals in resolving the complexities of data management.

Validity, Inc. joins a growing number of technology solutions companies that have recently chosen to expand their operations in Tampa and Hillsborough County, including Revature, Vendita, and Frank Recruitment Group.

“We welcome Validity to our growing technology ecosystem here in Tampa,” said Alan F. List, MD, chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center. “Validity recognizes that Tampa has the highly-skilled talent it needs to succeed, and our EDC team is committed to supporting its operations here.”

Company expands, creates sales jobs in Tampa

July 8th, 2018

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

Validity, Inc., a global provider of data quality and compliance, announced that it has opened a new hub in Tampa. The company will hire 75 local employees for sales and marketing positions with a significant investment through 2018.

The Tampa Hillsborough EDC connected Validity to resources for workforce training grants.

With offices in Boston, Tampa, London, and Toronto, the Validity team and its leading data integrity platform enables tens of thousands of business executives across the world to trust their data through quality certification solutions, compliance driven offerings, and data tools and services that support IT professionals in resolving the complexities of data management.

Validity, Inc. joins a growing number of technology solutions companies that have recently chosen to expand their operations in Tampa and Hillsborough County, including Revature, Vendita, and Frank Recruitment Group.

“We welcome Validity to our growing technology ecosystem here in Tampa,” said Alan F. List, MD, chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center. “Validity recognizes that Tampa has the highly-skilled talent it needs to succeed, and our EDC team is committed to supporting its operations here.”

Trade jobs in Tampa climb

July 8th, 2018

The latest labor statistics show that trade jobs in Tampa are growing.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in May 2018, down 0.1 percentage point from the April 2018 rate, and down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. There were 391,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,217,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in May.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 8,746,800 in May 2018, an increase of 15,100 jobs (+0.2 percent) over the month. The state gained 180,200 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.1 percent. Nationally, the number of jobs rose 1.6 percent over the year.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,746,800 in May 2018, up 180,200 jobs compared to a year ago. The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+39,200, +3.0 percent)

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included leisure and hospitality (+37,200 jobs, +3.1 percent); construction (+31,300 jobs, +6.2 percent); education and health services (+24,500 jobs, +1.9 percent); financial activities (+17,200 jobs, +3.1 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+15,400 jobs, +0.9 percent); manufacturing (+12,100 jobs, +3.3 percent); government (+1,200 jobs, +0.1 percent); and other services (+4,100 jobs, +1.2 percent).

In May 2018, 21 out of 24 metro areas in Florida had over-the-year job gains. The areas with the largest gains were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+44,000 jobs, +3.5 percent), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (+30,400 jobs, +2.3 percent), and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach (+23,400 jobs, +0.9 percent).

Office jobs in Tampa grow

June 26th, 2018

The number of office jobs in Tampa are growing, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

Employers are targeting various workforce segments to fill their summer jobs. Nearly 3 in 4 (73 percent) say they plan to recruit college students, 39 percent say high school students and 26 percent say retirees. Two in five employers hiring for the summer (41 percent) are looking to hire veterans for their summer positions.

Although summer jobs are commonly associated with recreation and outdoor work, many positions are available in offices or other corporate settings. Employers are hiring seasonal help in the following areas:

  • Customer Service: 25 percent
  • IT: 25 percent
  • Office Support: 25 percent
  • Engineering: 18 percent
  • Manufacturing: 16 percent
  • Sales: 15 percent
  • Construction/Painting: 10 percent
  • Research: 10 percent
  • Banking: 9 percent

When asked to describe the most unusual summer job they ever had, workers said:

  • Teaching ice skating classes
  • Ambulance driver
  • All-girl valet parking crew
  • Assembly line worker for loose-leaf binders
  • Candling eggs
  • Detasseling corn
  • Killing mosquitos
  • Picking pineapples in Hawaii
  • Scaring seagulls off roofs
  • Senior citizen softball league umpire
  • Worm farmer

Manufacturing jobs in Tampa climb

June 6th, 2018

The number of manufacturing jobs in Tampa has grown, according to recent labor statistics.

Payroll employment increased by 223,000 in May, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Employment continued to trend up in several industries, including retail trade, health care, and construction.

In May, retail trade added 31,000 jobs, with gains occurring in general merchandise stores (+13,000) and in building material and garden supply stores (+6,000). Over the year, retail trade has added 125,000 jobs.

Employment in health care rose by 29,000 in May, about in line with the average monthly gain over the prior 12 months. Ambulatory health care services added 18,000 jobs over the month, and employment in hospitals continued to trend up (+6,000).

Employment in construction continued on an upward trend in May (+25,000) and has risen by 286,000 over the past 12 months. Within the industry, nonresidential specialty trade contractors added 15,000 jobs over the month.

Employment in professional and technical services continued to trend up in May (+23,000) and has risen by 206,000 over the year.

Transportation and warehousing added 19,000 jobs over the month and 156,000 over the year. In May, job gains occurred in warehousing and storage (+7,000) and in couriers and messengers (+5,000). Manufacturing employment continued to expand over the month (+18,000).

Durable goods accounted for most of the change, including an increase of 6,000 jobs in machinery. Manufacturing employment has risen by 259,000 over the year, with about three-fourths of the growth in durable goods industries.

Mining added 6,000 jobs in May. Since a recent low point in October 2016, employment in mining has grown by 91,000, with support activities for mining accounting for nearly all of the increase.

Company hires for Tampa customer service jobs

June 6th, 2018

Lowe’s Home Improvement is recruiting for the summer season and hiring for Tampa customer service jobs.

The company is hiring more than 53,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees across its U.S. stores, adding to the company’s nearly 250,000 current U.S. store employees.

In-store seasonal positions, which typically support stores between March and September, include cashiers, lawn and garden associates, stockers, assemblers of outdoor products and loaders. Lowe’s seasonal employees benefit from competitive pay, a 10 percent employee discount and flexible hours, including the ability to see their schedule 17 days in advance and swap shifts with others as needed.

Named one of the top 10 most customer-engaged companies by Forbes, Lowe’s provides leadership development and career advancement opportunities at all levels to support employees and customers. In fact, approximately 200 current store managers started as seasonal employees, and last year nearly 40 percent of the company’s seasonal employees transitioned into permanent part-time and full-time positions.

“When employees join Lowe’s, they are joining more than a Fortune 40 company,” said Jennifer Weber, chief human resources officer. “They are joining a supportive network of caring, inspiring team members who are here to serve customers, communities and each other.”

Construction jobs in Tampa grow

June 4th, 2018

The number of construction jobs in Tampa have grown, according to recent labor statistics.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in April 2018, unchanged from the March 2018 rate, but down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. There were 398,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,204,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in April.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,730,400 in April 2018, up 178,400 jobs compared to a year ago. The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+39,400 jobs, +3.0 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included construction (+34,900 jobs, +7.0 percent); leisure and hospitality (+34,100 jobs, +2.8 percent); education and health services (+21,700 jobs, +1.7 percent); financial activities (+14,700 jobs, +2.6 percent); manufacturing (+12,300 jobs, +3.4 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+9,400 jobs, +0.5 percent); government (+8,000 jobs, +0.7 percent); and other services (+5,600 jobs, +1.6 percent).

In April 2018, Okaloosa and St. Johns counties had the state’s lowest unemployment rate (2.7 percent each); followed by Franklin, Monroe, and Walton counties (2.8 percent each); and Wakulla County (2.9 percent).

Sumter County had the highest unemployment rate (4.9 percent) in Florida in April 2018, followed by Citrus and Hendry counties (4.7 percent each); and Putnam County (4.6 percent).

In April 2018, 21 out of 24 metro areas in Florida had over-the-year job gains. The areas with the largest gains were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+40,000 jobs, +3.2 percent), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (+34,200 jobs, +2.6 percent), and Jacksonville (+17,300 jobs, +2.5 percent).

Company creates more healthcare IT jobs

May 6th, 2018

One company plans on growing and says it will create more healthcare IT jobs.

Greenway Health has finalized plans to expand operations in the Westshore district with 104 new high-wage jobs and will invest $1.8 million into its consolidated operations.

The expansion is part of the company’s “Project Polaris” announced in October, aimed at providing better technology platforms for patients, physicians and care coordinators. Greenway Health closed an office in the Atlanta-area as part of the project.

The company plans to hire professionals in software development, legal, cybersecurity and marketing through December. The company hired 66 employees to fill existing roles and will continue hiring throughout the year, the company said. Some positions including 42 relocating from the Atlanta area. The average wage for jobs is $57,163.

“By providing physicians and their staffs with technology that more effectively operates as an extension of their work and amplifies intelligence at the point of care, we can support them for greater patient impact and also bring more joy back into their work,” said Greenway Health CEO Scott Zimmerman.

The privately-owned health information technology vendor provides integrated electronic health records and practice management solutions and revenue cycle solutions aimed at improving health care coordination, profitability and ambulatory health care efficiency across the U.S.

The expansion was a joint effort between the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp., Hillsborough County government and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The company will receive $520,000 in tax rebates from Hillsborough County and the city of Tampa once its meets salary and job requirements.

“Companies like Greenway Health continue to invest in Hillsborough County because this community offers the business climate, talent, and quality of life that their business needs to thrive,” said Hillsborough County Commission Chair Sandy Murman.

Tampa education jobs climb

May 6th, 2018

New labor statistics demonstrate how Tampa education jobs continue to grow.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 8,716,800 in March 2018, an increase of 13,800 jobs (+0.2 percent) over the month. The state gained 173,100 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.0 percent. Nationally, the number of jobs rose 1.5 percent over the year. Prior to September 2017, Florida’s over-the-year job growth rate had exceeded or equaled the nation’s rate since May 2012.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,716,800 in March 2018, up 173,100 jobs compared to a year ago. The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+38,100 jobs, +2.9 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included leisure and hospitality (+32,300 jobs, +2.7 percent); construction (+31,600 jobs, +6.3 percent); education and health services (+21,200 jobs, +1.7 percent); financial activities (+15,600 jobs, +2.8 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+15,200 jobs, +0.9 percent); manufacturing (+10,000 jobs, +2.8 percent); other services (+5,500 jobs, +1.6 percent); and government (+5,400 jobs, +0.5 percent).

In March 2018, 22 out of 24 metro areas in Florida had over-the-year job gains.

The areas with the largest gains were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+43,700 jobs, +3.5 percent), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (+28,700 jobs, +2.2 percent), and Jacksonville (+21,500 jobs, +3.1 percent).

The two metro areas losing jobs over the year were Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island (-3,200 jobs, -2.1 percent); and Sebring (-800 jobs, -3.0 percent).