Temporary hiring for Long Island jobs to increase

July 20th, 2014

A new survey from Careerbuilder shows that temporary hiring for Long Island jobs, along with permanent jobs, may increase. This pertains to cities all over the U.S.

Half of U.S. employers plan to add full-time, permanent headcount over the next six months, and one-third plan to hire temporary or contract workers – both improvements over the same period in 2013.

The following industries are expected to outperform the national average for permanent hiring in the months ahead with Information Technology, Financial Services and Hospitality poised to experience the highest year-over-year gains:

Information Technology – 59 percent plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 51 percent last year
Financial Services – 57 percent plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 52 percent last year
Hospitality – 55 percent plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 46 percent last year
Health Care – 54 percent plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 51 percent last year
Manufacturing – 54 percent plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 52 percent last year

When asked to identify the types of roles they will be creating within their organizations over the next six months, employers were most likely to report:

Jobs tied to social media – 11 percent
Jobs tied to mobile technology – 11 percent
Jobs tied to cloud technology – 10 percent
Jobs tied to wellness – 10 percent
Jobs tied to content strategy for the Web – 9 percent
Jobs tied to managing and interpreting big data – 9 percent
Jobs tied to cyber security – 8 percent
Jobs tied to financial regulation – 8 percent
Jobs tied to search technology – 8 percent
Jobs tied to health informatics – 8 percent

Long Island transportation jobs get a boost

July 7th, 2014

The new job numbers show that Long Island transportation jobs are growing, according to a report from ADP.

Employment increased by 281,000 jobs from May to June according to the June ADP National Employment Report.

Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 50,000, up from May’s 36,000. The 11,000 new jobs added in financial activities was about double last month’s number.

“The June jobs number is a welcome boost,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. “The number of construction jobs added was particularly encouraging, representing the highest total in that industry since February of 2006.”

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “The job market is steadily improving. Job gains are broad based across all industries and company sizes. Judging from the job market, the economic recovery remains fully intact and is gaining momentum.”

Payroll growth for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 117,000 jobs in June. That’s up from 82,000 in May and represents the highest number since February 2012. Job growth rebounded over the month for medium-sized and large firms.

Employment among medium-sized companies with 50-499 employees rose by 115,000, up from 62,000 in May. Employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – increased by 49,000, up from 36,000 the previous month. Companies with 500-999 employees added 16,000 jobs after shedding 3,000 in May.

The construction industry added 36,000 jobs over the month, more than double the May number.

Millennials getting burned out from Long Island jobs?

June 26th, 2014

Some millennials may be getting stressed and burned out from their Long Island jobs, among other locations, according to a recent survey from Monster.com.

The majority (81%) of employed job seekers responding to the survey feel some level of burnout from their existing job. However, it’s clear that millennials are taking the brunt of the fatigue. A striking majority of millennial respondents (86%) reveal some level of burnout in their current position while a lesser majority of a more experienced workers reveal burnout in their jobs (76%).

Additional survey findings:

Majority of responding job seekers feel at least moderately confident in finding a new job (68%), and most (72%) feel that it is more challenging to find a job now then it was a year ago.
Both millennials and the more experienced workers are on the same page when it comes to feeling left behind in their jobs as majority (63%) respondents agree that their career track has slowed.
Majority of both millennials (63%) and the more experienced workforce (75%) agree that the current economy has negatively altered their career plans.

“The survey indicates that the millennial workforce is experiencing the most burnout in their current positions. With the more experienced workforce moving on to different roles or heading into retirement, it’s probable that millennials are expected to take on larger roles than their more experienced predecessors, and thus are feeling the pressure,” said Jeffrey Quinn, Vice President of Monster’s Global Insights. “That said, millennials are proving to be more open minded than the more experienced workers when it comes to job locations and roles. This flexibility will be advantageous to the millennial generation, allowing them to cast a wider net and find better success and satisfaction in their careers.”

Texting lessening productivity at administrative jobs in Long Island

June 20th, 2014

Texting and gossiping may be hindering productivity at administrative jobs in Long Island, among other locations, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

One in four workers (24 percent) admitted that, during a typical workday, they will spend at least one hour a day on personal calls, emails or texts. Twenty-one percent estimate that they spend one hour or more during a typical workday searching the Internet for non-work-related information, photos.

When asked what they consider to be the primary productivity stoppers in the workplace, employers pointed to:

1) Cell phone/texting – 50 percent

2) Gossip – 42 percent

3) The Internet – 39 percent

4) Social media – 38 percent

5) Snack breaks or smoke breaks – 27 percent

6) Noisy co-workers – 24 percent

7) Meetings – 23 percent

8) Email – 23 percent

9) Co-workers dropping by – 23 percent

10) Co-workers putting calls on speaker phone – 10 percent

Employers also shared real-life examples of some of the more unusual things they’ve seen employees doing when they should have been busy working:

· Employee was blowing bubbles in sub-zero weather to see if the bubbles would freeze and break

· A married employee was looking at a dating web site and then denied it while it was still up on his computer screen

· Employee was caring for her pet bird that she smuggled into work

· Employee was shaving her legs in the women’s restroom

· Employee was laying under boxes to scare people

· Employees were having a wrestling match

· Employee was sleeping, but claimed he was praying

· Employee was taking selfies in the bathroom

· Employee was changing clothes in a cubicle

· Employee was printing off a book from the Internet

· Employee was warming her bare feet under the bathroom hand dryer
Nearly three in four employers (73 percent) have implemented some measures to mitigate productivity killers at work. Tactics include:

· Blocking certain Internet sites at work – 36 percent

· Prohibiting personal calls or personal use of cell phones – 25 percent

· Monitoring emails and Internet usage – 22 percent

· Scheduling lunch and break times – 19 percent

· Allowing people to telecommute – 14 percent

· Implementing an open space layout instead of cubicles – 13 percent

· Limiting meetings – 12 percent

· Restricting use of speaker phones if not in an office – 11 percent

Minimum wage hike could change Long Island jobs

June 4th, 2014

A report released by the Senate Democratic Conference has shown how New York and the cities within, along with Long Island jobs, would benefit from a hike in the minimum wage.

The Senate Democratic Conference recognizes that local governments are better suited to address the minimum wage requirements of their constituents. Senate bill S.6516, introduced by Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, will enable local municipalities within the State of New York to raise the minimum wage within their jurisdictions.

This legislation would allow local governments with higher costs of living to address wages within their localities without waiting for state action.

“Minimum wage earning New Yorkers, despite their hard work and often having more than one job, continue to struggle to make ends meet,” Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “The Senate Majority’s failure to adequately raise the state’s minimum wage has hampered economic growth and severely limited the purchasing power of millions of families throughout our state. Local governments should be provided the authority to address the needs of their constituents, and I urge the Senate Republican/IDC Coalition to pass this common sense legislation immediately.”

Senate Democratic Conference Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris said, “New York should be a national leader in setting a fair wage for our most vulnerable neighbors. Instead, we unacceptably lag behind other states and localities that provide fairer compensation for their workers. If the Senate Republican coalition cannot do better than providing half-loaf solutions, our local governments should be empowered to do it right.”

Ranking Member of the Senate Labor Committee, Senator José Peralta said, “Enabling local governments to better serve their constituents and address the costs of living within their communities is a common sense way to help all New Yorkers earn a living wage. I hope the Majority Coalition will listen to the voices of millions of New Yorkers demanding a living wage and will bring these good bills before the Senate Labor Committee, and to the Senate floor for a vote.”

Senator Gustavo Rivera said, “New Yorkers are being kept in a cycle of poverty because our state’s current minimum wage does not come close to covering the cost of living, for an individual, much less a family. New Yorkers deserved to be paid a livable wage that allows them to build a better future for themselves and their families. It is time to pass legislation to allow our cities and counties to be able to raise their minimum wage so that it is proportional to the cost of living of its residents.”

Do people with Long Island jobs enjoy working desk jobs?

May 27th, 2014

The question has been posed by a recent study: do those who have Long Island jobs prefer working a desk or a non-desk job?

This question was asked by job board Careerbuilder.com.

Workers in desk jobs and non-desk jobs were equally likely to report being happy in their current roles (76 percent), but workers in desk jobs were more likely to report complaints about their work environment.

Many workers in desk jobs said their positions enable them to stay in the loop and build closer relationships with company leaders and peers while workers in non-desk jobs said their positions give them greater variety and flexibility in their work day.

Workers in desk jobs were more likely to report being overweight. Fifty-eight percent of workers in desk jobs categorize themselves as overweight compared to 51 percent of workers in non-desk jobs. Forty-six percent of workers in desk jobs have gained weight in their current position compared to 30 percent of workers in non-desk jobs.

Thirty-eight percent of workers in non-desk jobs said they had no complaints about their work environment compared to 14 percent of workers in desk jobs.

Those working in desk jobs were twice as likely to earn six figures annually, while those working in non-desk jobs were twice as likely to earn less than $35,000. Half of workers in desk jobs earn $50,000 or more compared to one-third of workers in non-desk jobs. Seventy-one percent of workers in desk jobs said that they currently earn or are close to earning their desired salary compared to 61 percent of workers in non-desk jobs.

Hope on the horizon for Long Island retail jobs?

May 19th, 2014

A new report from the labor market brings hope that Long Island retail jobs may be growing.

In fact, overall, retail trade employment rose by 35,000 in April. Over the past 12 months, employment in this industry has grown by 327,000. Within retail trade, job growth over the month occurred in food and beverage stores (+9,000), general merchandise stores (+8,000), motor vehicle and parts dealers (+6,000), and nonstore retailers (+4,000).

Electronics and appliance stores lost 11,000 jobs in April. Wholesale trade added 16,000 jobs over the month and has added 126,000 jobs over the year.

Employment in construction grew by 32,000, with job growth in heavy and civil engineering construction (+11,000) and residential building (+7,000).

Construction has added 189,000 jobs over the past year, with almost three-fourths of the gain occurring in the past 6 months.

Employment rose by 288,000, and the unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 6.3 percent in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Employment gains were widespread, led by job growth in professional and business services, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and construction.

The unemployment rate fell from 6.7 percent to 6.3 percent, and the number of unemployed persons, at 9.8 million, decreased by 733,000. Both measures had shown little movement over the prior 4 months. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons declined by 1.2 percentage points and 1.9 million.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) declined by 287,000 in April to 3.5 million; these individuals accounted for 35.3 percent of the unemployed.

Concerns exist when hiring for IT jobs in Long Island

May 4th, 2014

A myriad of concerns exist when it comes to hiring for IT jobs in Long Island, a survey from Sologig suggests.

Fifty-three percent of information technology firms have open positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates. But among those concerned about a skills gap, several causes are seen as driving factors.

The reasons are complex:

· Gaps in expectations around wages: 40 percent

· New and shifting technologies: 39 percent

Only 20 percent of IT employers think their organizations offer “extremely or very” competitive pay. Forty-four percent said they would consider increasing compensation for tough-to-fill roles and 22 percent said they would not. Thirty-four percent said they’ve already increased compensation.

· Job requirements that are above entry-level: 38 percent

· Education gaps in particular areas: 33 percent

· Gaps in on the job training: 33 percent

· Job requirements that are too specific: 29 percent

· Outsourcing of jobs to other countries: 26 percent

Forty-five percent of IT hiring managers believe training should be equally shared between employers and workers and 29 percent say the bulk of the responsibility should fall on the employer. Forty-four percent of IT employers provide technical skills training on-the-job.

However, 60 percent of IT hiring managers have never hired someone who doesn’t meet the full requirements of the job listing.

Healthcare jobs in Long Island grow

April 29th, 2014

A number of healthcare jobs in Long Island are climbing, according to recent labor statistics.

In March, jobs rose by 192,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

The number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 10.5 million, and the unemployment rate held at 6.7 percent. Both measures have shown little movement since December 2013.

Professional and business services added 57,000 jobs in March, in line with its average monthly gain of 56,000 over the prior 12 months. Within the industry, employment increased in March in temporary help services (+29,000), in computer systems design and related services (+6,000), and in architectural and engineering services (+5,000).

Health care added 19,000 jobs. Employment in ambulatory health care services rose by 20,000, with a gain of 9,000 jobs in home health care services. Nursing care facilities lost 5,000 jobs over the month. Job growth in health care averaged 17,000 per month over the prior 12 months.

Employment in mining and logging rose in March (+7,000), with the bulk of the increase occurring in support activities for mining (+5,000). Over the prior 12 months, the mining and logging industry added an average of 3,000 jobs per month.

Employment continued to trend up in March in food services and drinking places (+30,000). Over the past year, food services and drinking places has added 323,000 jobs.

Construction employment continued to trend up in March (+19,000). Over the past year, construction employment has risen by 151,000.

Stress at Long Island finance jobs leading employees to switch?

April 20th, 2014

A new survey from Monster.com finds that Long Island finance jobs, among other industries, may be to stressful to handle.

About 42% of US respondents have left a job due to an overly stressful environment; workplace stress has also caused an additional 35% to consider changing jobs.

Another survey has found that 55% respondents experience very stressful lives; this percentage rises to 57% when specifically related to work stress. Only 3% of respondents report to experience no stress in their work life.

Findings included:

42% of respondents answered “I have purposely changed jobs due to a stressful work environment”
35% of respondents answered “I thought about changing my job because of a stressful work environment”
23% of respondents answered “I have never changed my job specifically due to a stressful work environment”

Respondents from India are the least likely to switch jobs due to stress. Only 19% have ever left a job because it was too stressful, and 57% report that they have never switched jobs because their current one is too stressful.

Workplace stress is of most concern in France and the UK1, with almost half (48%) of respondents from both countries’ noting they have changed jobs due to a stressful work environment. Further, only 11% of French respondents have not changed jobs due to stress.

Another survey found that:

he most commonly reported workplace stressors include: supervisor relationship (40%) amount of work (39%) work-life balance (34%) and coworker relationships (31%)
61% of respondents believe that workplace stress has been the cause of an illness
46% of respondents have missed time at work due to work-related stress; 7% report illness so severe it caused hospitalization
84% of respondents claim that their stressful job has impacted their personal lives; 26% report sleepless nights, 24% report depression, 21% report family or relationship issues, and 19% report physical ailments
The most common methods of coping with work-related stress include: talking to a friend/colleague/spouse (55%), exercising (40%), eating (35%), stepping away from work (35%), taking a day off (32%), and drinking after work (24%)
When asked “What does your office do to help alleviate stress in the workplace?” 13% of respondents answered “extra time-off”; 11% answered “ability to work from home”; and 66% answered “nothing.”