Confidential info about Long Island jobs left out in the open?

March 2nd, 2015

Some employees report in a recent Careerbuilder survey that they have seen confidential or private information about Long Island jobs or other jobs left out or in the trash.

More than a few support staff workers mentioned seeing evidence that workers were engaging in some Not Suitable for Work (NSFW) behaviors during the off-hours. Other curious workplace discoveries included the following:

A list of employee salaries.
Picture of partially-dressed co-worker.
Layoff and compensation paperwork.
Upcoming reorganization diagram.
An old love letter from one person in the office to another.
A predetermination request for a breast augmentation.
A short story about the boss and several co-workers cast in an unflattering light.
A pregnancy test.
An employee’s response to a personal dating ad.
An employee’s resume on the copier.
A letter from the boss’s mistress.
The boss’s ex-wife’s bank account statement.
An employee’s tax return.
Stolen event tickets.
A diamond ring.
A passport.
A full key set for the facility.

Fifty-three percent of support staff workers have overheard confidential conversations at work, according to the survey, and 11 percent of support staff workers have stumbled upon information that could cause someone to be fired.

One in ten support staff workers (10 percent) have found something in the trash or lying around the workplace that could get a worker or the company in trouble. A similar amount (11 percent) say they have knowledge about an executive or co-worker that could be grounds for that individual’s dismissal.

Senior workers delaying retiring from Long Island jobs

February 20th, 2015

A new survey from Careerbuilder shows that senior workers are delaying retirement from Long Island jobs or plan on working after retirement.

The number of workers age 60 or older currently delaying retirement reached a post-recession low of 53 percent. This number is down from 58 percent last year and 66 percent in 2010.

75 percent of workers age 60 or older currently delaying retirement cite the recession as a cause. Twelve percent don’t think they will ever be able to retire – up slightly from 11 percent last year – and nearly half (49 percent) feel retirement is at least 5 years out.

Fifty-four percent of senior workers (age 60+) say they’ll work after retiring from their current career – up from 45 percent last year. Of this group, 81 percent say they’ll most likely work part-time, while 19 percent plan to continue working full-time. Customer service, retail and consulting are the three most common jobs these workers plan to pursue.

Meanwhile, one in six workers age 60 or older say they are taking this time in their life to pursue a dream job or passion project.

Seniors out of work or planning to work post-retirement, the job search may be getting easier. Fifty-four percent of private sector employers hired mature workers (age 50+) in 2014 – up six points from last year’s 48 percent – and 57 percent plan to do so in 2015.

At 78 percent, the inability to retire due to household financial situations is the clear number one reason senior workers delay retirement. The need for health insurance and benefits follows at 60 percent.

Construction jobs in Long Island grow

February 8th, 2015

The number of construction jobs in Long Island keeps growing, according to the latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Construction added 48,000 jobs in December, well above the employment gains in recent months. Specialty trade contractors added jobs in December (+26,000), with the gain about equally split between residential and nonresidential contractors.

Employment also increased in heavy and civil engineering construction (+12,000) and in nonresidential building (+10,000).

Employment in food services and drinking places increased by 44,000. The industry added an average of 30,000 jobs per month in 2014.

Health care added 34,000 jobs in December. Job gains occurred in ambulatory health care services (+16,000), nursing and residential care facilities (+11,000), and hospitals (+7,000). Employment growth in health care averaged 26,000 per month in 2014 and 17,000 per month in 2013.

Manufacturing employment increased by 17,000, with durable goods (+13,000) accounting for most of the gain. Manufacturing added an average of 16,000 jobs per month in 2014, compared with an average gain of 7,000 jobs per month in 2013.

Employment in retail trade changed little in December, following a large gain in November. Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, changed little in December.

Employment in wholesale trade and in financial activities continued to trend up in December.

Employment in professional and business services rose by 52,000 in December. Monthly job gains in the industry averaged 61,000 in 2014. In December, employment increased in administrative and waste services (+35,000), computer systems design and related services (+9,000), and architectural and engineering services (+5,000).

Employment in accounting and bookkeeping services declined (-14,000), offsetting an increase of the same amount in November.

The unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 5.6 percent in December, and the number of unemployed persons declined by 383,000 to 8.7 million.

People with Long Island jobs running late for work?

February 4th, 2015

Some people with Long Island jobs, including some other locations, gave some odd excuses for being late to work, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

When asked how often they come in late to work, more than 1 in 5 workers (23 percent) admitted they do it at least once a month, and 14 percent say it’s a weekly occurrence for them.

Of the workers who have admitted to being late for work in the past, 3 in 10 (30 percent) have lied about the reason for their tardiness. Perhaps they feel the need to lie because the repercussions of lateness could be serious: 41 percent of employers have actually fired an employee for being late.

One third of employers (33 percent) say they have no problem with the occasional late arrival, as long as it doesn’t become a pattern, and 16 percent say they don’t need employees to be punctual if they can still get their work done. (Indeed, 59 percent of workers who arrive late will stay later to make up for it.)

When asked about the most outrageous excuses employees have given them for being late, employers shared the following:
•I knocked myself out in the shower.
•I was drunk and forgot which Waffle House I parked my car next to.
•I discovered my spouse was having an affair, so I followed him this morning to find out who he was having an affair with.
•Someone robbed the gas station I was at, and I didn’t have enough gas to get to another station.
•I had to wait for the judge to set my bail.
•There was a stranger sleeping in my car.
•A deer herd that was moving through town made me late.
•I’m not late. I was thinking about work on the way in.
•I dreamed that I got fired.
•I went out to my car to drive to work, and the trunk had been stolen out of it. (In this case, the employee had the photo to prove it.

Rising salaries for data engineer jobs in Long Island?

January 27th, 2015

Technology salaries, including salaries for data engineer jobs in Long Island, may be on the rise, according to a Robert Half survey.

The following six potentially high-paying jobs are expected to see the most substantial increases in average starting salary in 2015, according to the Robert Half Salary Guides*:

1.Mobile applications developer: The need for skilled professionals who can develop applications for tablets and smartphones will only intensify as companies keep pace with the growing mobile market. Similar to 2014, experienced mobile applications developers can expect to see the largest increase (10.2 percent) in starting compensation of any tech position listed in the Salary Guide, earning between $107,500 and $161,500, on average.
2.Big data engineer: As organizations of all types launch or advance big data initiatives, many will look to hire experienced engineers who can communicate with business users and data scientists, and translate business objectives into data processing workflows. Big data engineers can anticipate a 9.3 percent boost in starting pay in 2015, with average salaries ranging from $119,250 to $168,250.
3.Wireless network engineer: Professionals who can effectively research, design, implement and optimize wireless networks will be in high demand as more internal infrastructure projects are launched to support the rising use of mobile devices and wireless technologies. Wireless network engineers can expect a 9.1 percent bump in base compensation this year, with average starting salaries between $99,000 and $137,500.
4.User experience (UX) director: A compelling and satisfying user experience is vital to the success of any web or mobile initiative. Organizations need creative leadership to ensure the user experience across web and mobile properties is consistent and aligns with business strategy and brand identity. Experienced UX directors can anticipate average starting salaries between $110,500 and $178,000, up 6.8 percent from 2014.
5.Interactive creative director: To execute successful interactive marketing and advertising campaigns, companies need creative leaders who are adept at coordinating the efforts of designers, writers and art directors into one cohesive vision. Skilled interactive creative directors can expect average starting salaries to increase 5.7 percent in 2015, to the range of $100,500 to $180,250.
6.Web designer (5+ years of experience): Organizations need experienced web designers to ensure their Internet and intranet sites, and digital communications — such as emails, online ads and social media sites — accurately reflect the goals, objectives and identity of the business. Web designers with five or more years of experience can expect to earn between $80,000 and $112,500, on average, a gain of 4.8 percent over last year.

Higher salaries in store for Long Island healthcare jobs?

January 7th, 2015

Employers are thinking that higher salaries may be in order for Long Island healthcare jobs, among other locations, according to a survey from Careerbuilder.

The survey found that 35 percent of health care hiring managers plan to add full-time, permanent health care employees in the New Year, and 80 percent plan to raise wages for current employees, while 64 percent will offer higher starting salaries for new employees.

Nearly half of health care employers (47 percent) plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2015. Of those, more than 1 in 2 (52 percent) plan to hire those contract or temporary workers on a permanent basis.

Nearly 4 in 5 health care employers (78 percent) believe their organization is in a better financial position than it was a year ago.

Four in five health care employers (80 percent) plan to increase salaries for existing employees in 2015. Sixty-two percent of employers plan to increase salaries by up to 4 percent, 12 percent plan to increase by 5 to 9 percent, and 6 percent plan to increase salaries by 10 percent or more.

More than half of health care employers (54 percent) believe there’s a significant gap between the skills they need at their organization and the skills job candidates have, and 46 percent have open positions for which they cannot find qualified candidates.

Employers hiring for science jobs in Long Island

January 4th, 2015

A new survey from Careerbuilder posits that employers may be hiring for science jobs in Long Island.

More than one third of employers expect to add full-time, permanent employees in 2015, the best outlook from the survey since 2006. Salary increases – including raises for minimum wage workers – are also on the agenda of hiring managers.

Hiring for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations will continue to be strong with 31 percent of hiring managers planning to create jobs in these areas over the next 12 months, up from 26 percent last year.

Looking at specific functions within an organization, positions tied to revenue growth, innovation and customer loyalty will dominate in terms of new opportunities. Among employers planning to add full-time, permanent staff, the top five areas they are hiring for include:

Sales – 36 percent
Customer Service – 33 percent
Information Technology – 26 percent
Production – 26 percent
Administrative – 22 percent

Thirty-six percent of employers plan to increase full-time, permanent headcount in 2015, a significant jump from 24 percent last year when employers were more hesitant to expand their workforce. Nine percent expect to decrease staff levels, an improvement from 13 percent last year, while 48 percent anticipate no change and 8 percent are unsure.

Temporary employment is expected to pick up over the next 12 months as employers struggle to fill in-demand roles and strive to maintain more flexibility in their workforce. Forty-six percent of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2015, up from 42 percent last year. Of these employers, 56 percent plan to transition some temporary or contract workers into full-time, permanent roles.

Healthcare jobs in Long Island climb

December 28th, 2014

The number of healthcare jobs in Long Island continue to grow, according to recent employment statistics from November.

Health care added 29,000 jobs over the month. Employment continued to trend up in offices of physicians (+7,000), home health care services (+5,000), outpatient care centers (+4,000), and hospitals (+4,000). Over the past 12 months, employment in health care has increased by 261,000.

In November, manufacturing added 28,000 jobs. Durable goods manufacturers accounted for 17,000 of the increase, with small gains in most of the component industries.

Construction employment also continued to trend up in November (+20,000). Employment in specialty trade contractors rose by 21,000, mostly in the residential component. Over the past 12 months, construction has added 213,000 jobs, with just over half the gain among specialty trade contractors.

Employment in retail trade rose by 50,000 in November, compared with an average gain of 22,000 per month over the prior 12 months. In November, job gains occurred in motor vehicle and parts dealers (+11,000); clothing and accessories stores (+11,000); sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores (+9,000); and nonstore retailers (+6,000).

Employment in professional and business services increased by 86,000 in November, compared with an average gain of 57,000 per month over the prior 12 months. Within the industry, accounting and bookkeeping services added 16,000 jobs in November.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 2.8 million in November. These individuals accounted for 30.7 percent of the unemployed. Over the past 12 months, the number of long-term unemployed declined by 1.2 million.

People with part-time Long Island jobs struggle to find work

December 8th, 2014

Part-time workers with Long Island jobs may be struggling to find full-time work, according to a new survey from Careerbuilder.

The study found that nationwide, 32 percent of part-time workers say they want to work full time, but haven’t been able to land a full-time job.

About 31 percent say they are the sole breadwinner in their household, and 39 percent say they struggle to make ends meet financially. One in four part-time workers who want full-time jobs said they currently work two or more jobs.

When asked why they believe they have struggled to find a full-time job, part-time workers looking for full-time work gave the following responses:
•There aren’t as many jobs available in my field as there were pre-recession: 54 percent
•I don’t have the skills necessary for in-demand jobs: 51 percent
•I haven’t looked for full-time jobs on a regular basis: 31 percent
•I don’t have the education needed: 29 percent

The inability to find full-time work has affected not only workers’ financial situations, but their lifestyles and even their health. When asked to choose from a list of experiences they have had as a result of their struggles, part-time workers who say they want full-time work cited the following:
•Downgraded to save money (e.g. traded in for a cheaper car, canceled cable, moved to a smaller home): 31 percent
•Had to borrow money from family or friends: 29 percent
•Suffered from depression: 23 percent
•Moved back home with parents: 22 percent
•Went into high credit card debt: 17 percent

The majority of these workers (62 percent) say they would be willing to work without pay for an organization for a period of time to prove the value they can bring as a full-time employee.

The cost of empty jobs in Long Island

December 2nd, 2014

A new report from Indeed is shedding lights on the billion dollar drain involved in not filling jobs in Long Island and other locations around the U.S.

The inability of an individual business to find and recruit the right hire for a role impacts the economy in two major ways. Failure to effectively resource a business slows both productivity and profits, relying on existing workers to cover skill shortages by working more hours under increased pressure. From a consumer perspective, the inability to earn an income or spend a salary reduces an individual’s contributions to overall economic growth.

Other key findings from the report

Nearly $160B is the annual potential value of unfilled job opportunities in the U.S.

While total employment has now almost caught up to its pre-recessionary peak with over 2M jobs being created in the first nine months of 2014, labor market participation has fallen to its lowest level in decades. A large number of unfilled, open roles may well cause problems for the economy in the years ahead.

Many businesses have to wait for significant periods of time to find the right person for the job, with 33% of openings in the U.S. remaining open for at least 3 months.

There are a number of industry sectors in which unfilled jobs have greater impact due to the higher levels of contributed economic value, including finance, insurance, and professional services. These industries alone collectively represent over $4B GDP (GDP, a measure of goods and services produced within an economy and the income generated by that economy) in a typical month.

For states and industries which can achieve reductions in the time it takes businesses to fill job vacancies, there are clearly significant economic gains to be made and greater amounts of economic potential can be unlocked by better matching the right people to the right job opportunities.

“Each ‘empty desk’ represents an opportunity both for the individual and the business. For the business, finding and recruiting the right individual means better productivity and profits, while for the individual, earning an income and spending a salary contributes to wide economic growth. In today’s economic environment of lowered unemployment and labor participation, it has never been more important to hire the right fit for each role.”