Job cuts in Long Island fall?

October 10th, 2016

A new report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas show that job cuts in Long Island may have fallen.

Downsizing slowed in August, as US-based employers announced plans to cut their payrolls by 32,188, a 29 percent decline from the 45,346 cuts in July, according to the report.

The August figure was the lowest monthly total since May (30,157) and the second lowest of the year. It was 22 percent lower than August 2015, when 41,186 planned job cuts were announced.
To date, employers have announced 391,288 job cuts in 2016. That is 10 percent fewer than the 434,554 job cuts recorded between January and August 2015.

The computer sector saw the heaviest job cuts during the month with 6,103. The bulk of the cuts came from Cisco Systems, which announced plans to reduce its workforce by 5,500. That was lower than the initially reported 14,000 cuts that were expected from the tech giant, but still represents a sizable downsizing in an industry that has experienced a surge in job cuts over the last 18 months.

“Since January of last year, there has been a string of large scale job cuts from major players in the technology sector, including Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Dell, Microsoft and, now, Cisco. The surge in cuts does not necessarily signal weakness in the sector, but it certainly signals a shift. In most cases, we are seeing these firms move from making hardware to providing services,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Computer firms have announced 55,567 job cuts this year. That is up 111 percent from last year, when cuts totaled 26,374 through the first seven months.

The computer sector ranks second in year-to-date job cuts behind the energy sector, which has announced 97,366 job cuts in 2016, including 2,430 in August. Unlike most months, August energy cuts were not dominated by oil-focused firms. Surprisingly, the majority of last month’s cuts came from solar firms, including SolarCity and SunPower.

Marketing jobs in Long Island show promise

October 7th, 2016

A new survey compiled by Careerbuilder takes a look at marketing jobs in Long Island, among other industries.

According to CareerBuilder’s Q4 2016 U.S. Job Forecast, 47 percent of employers expect to increase pay for seasonal workers in Q4. Of those hiring seasonal employees, 75 percent will pay $10 or more per hour, up from 72 percent last year, and nearly 3 in 10 (28 percent) expect to pay $16 or more per hour, up from 19 percent last year.

One-third of employers (33 percent) expect to hire seasonal workers in Q4, the same as last year. An increasing number of these employers are viewing seasonal hiring as a means to test-drive candidates for more permanent roles. Sixty-two percent expect to hire some of their seasonal staff for full-time positions, up from 57 percent last year and a big leap from 42 percent two years ago.

Companies across industries are hiring seasonal workers for:

  • Customer Service – 37 percent
  • Administrative/Clerical Support – 19 percent
  • Accounting/Finance – 16 percent
  • Inventory Management – 16 percent
  • Shipping and Delivery – 16 percent
  • Technology – 15 percent
  • Marketing – 13 percent
  • Sales (non-retail) – 13 percent
  • Hosting/Greeting – 13 percent

“Overall, permanent and seasonal hiring in the fourth quarter will be on par with last year, with one-third of employers planning to add staff in either category,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “However, campaigns for a higher minimum wage, paired with a tighter labor market for lower-skill and semi-skill jobs, is giving job seekers more of an edge when it comes to compensation. Wage growth, while still a serious concern, will likely see a lift in the coming months.”



Improving re-entry outcomes for those with Long Island jobs

September 28th, 2016

A new round of grants are going to improve re-entry outcomes for convicts with Long Island jobs, among other locations.

The U.S. Department of Labor has invested $6.4 million in grants to provide currently and formerly incarcerated individuals with important jobs skills and resources by establishing additional American Job Centers inside correctional facilities, and create an online clearinghouse – in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice – to make information needed to expunge criminal records more readily available to further remove barriers to employment.

At the same time, the Justice Department is also announcing over $53 million in Second Chance grants to help state, local, and tribal government agencies, and community organizations serve formerly incarcerated people in their communities. The funds awarded today are part of the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to reduce recidivism and promote reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics report the nation’s more than 3,000 county jails release over 11 million people each year. Many of these individuals have few job skills and struggle with transitioning back into local communities and obtaining gainful employment. Research shows that providing improved education and more job opportunities to these people can reduce recidivism and remove many barriers to success – making our communities safer.

“America has always been a land of laws and opportunity, that’s why this administration is doing everything it can to move beyond locking people up and instead working to unlock their potential,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These grants will help people – who have paid their debt to society – transition from prison to prosperity by contributing fully to our nation’s economy and way of life.”

“If we expect the millions of Americans who come into contact with our justice system to become contributing members of our communities, we have a responsibility to give them the skills and support they need to succeed,” said Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs Karol V. Mason. “By providing critical job training, helping to clear criminal records, and offering an array of services to ease the transition back into society, we are tapping a large vein of human potential that can lead us to greater public safety.”

Finance jobs in Long Island climb

September 8th, 2016

The newest labor reports predict that finance jobs in Long Island have grown.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 151,000 in August, and the unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up over the month (+34,000). Over the year, the industry has added 312,000 jobs. Social assistance added 22,000 jobs over the month, with most of the growth in individual and family services (+17,000).

In August, employment in professional and technical services edged up (+20,000), about in line with its average monthly gain over the prior 12 months (+24,000).

Financial activities employment continued on an upward trend in August (+15,000), with a gain in securities, commodity contracts, and investments (+6,000).

Over the year, financial activities has added 167,000 jobs. Health care employment continued to trend up in August (+14,000), but at a slower pace than the average monthly gain over the prior 12 months (+39,000). In August, hospitals added 11,000 jobs, and employment in ambulatory health care services trended up (+13,000).

A job loss in nursing and residential care facilities (-9,000) offset a gain in July. Employment in mining continued to trend down in August (-4,000). Since reaching a peak in September 2014, employment in mining has declined by 223,000, with losses concentrated in support activities for mining.

Employment in several other industries–including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, temporary help services, and government–changed little over the month.

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased by 0.1 hour to 34.3 hours in August. In manufacturing, the workweek declined by 0.2 hour to 40.6 hours, while overtime was unchanged at 3.3 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased by 0.1 hour to 33.6 hours.


Long Island medical records jobs get a boost

September 6th, 2016

A new survey about the changing face of culture shows us how Long Island medical records jobs may just be getting a boost.

CareerBuilder is releasing new research that sheds light on the marketplace in which they operate. CareerBuilder’s 2016 Labor Day study explores three key drivers of employment changes in the U.S., trends associated with each driver and occupations that are among those benefitting the most.

“There are multiple factors that will influence job growth or deceleration, but most of the major shifts in employment today are tied to lifestyle changes, technology advancement and globalization,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “Whether we’re talking about the rise of the sharing economy, the power of smart technology or companies communicating in multiple languages and time zones, these trends are moving the needle on job growth for a wide variety of fields.”

CareerBuilder’s labor market analysis arm Emsi collects and interprets data from more than 100 national and local employment resources. While there are numerous variables that will influence employment shifts, for the purposes of this study, CareerBuilder and Emsi looked at a short list of trends that have played some part in the growth of specific occupations. The following tables highlight trends that fit within the main categories of lifestyle changes, technology advancement and globalization and show how specific occupations have been positively impacted.

Lifestyle Changes Occupation Impacted Current Number of Jobs Number of Jobs Added 2012 to 2016 Percentage of Job Growth
2012 to 2016
People are choosing to eat out more, giving rise to the “foodie” generation. Cooks, Restaurant 1,219,433 164,804 16%
More people are embracing the sharing economy. (example: Uber) Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 283,175 37,023 15%
America is becoming more health-conscious. Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 309,519 33,303 12%
Families are more careful with finances after the last recession. Personal Financial Advisors 257,493 29,913 13%
More people are choosing to bank and shop online. Information Security Analysts 86,563 9,342 12%
Couples are postponing having children until later in life. Obstetricians and Gynecologists 25,219 1,082 4%
Technology Advancement Occupation Impacted Current Number of Jobs Number of Jobs Added 2012 to 2016 Percentage of Job Growth
2012 to 2016
There’s an “app” for everything and “smart” technology is moving beyond phones to clothes, homes and more. Software Developers, Applications 772,195 112,045 17%
Technology has made advertising become more intuitive and effective based on ability to track and interpret online behavior. Marketing Managers 208,611 19,024 10%
Technology has become ingrained in everyday life and is how people stay connected. Computer User Support Specialists 665,646 63,849 11%
Technology is catching health disorders sooner and extending lives. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 198,831 14,451 8%
Technology is enabling companies to corral and interpret big data to make better business decisions. Database Administrators 120,476 9,794 9%
Technology is integrated into countless consumer and business products with new offerings and iterations released all the time. Technical Writers 55,129 5,381 11%
Globalization Occupation Impacted Current Number of Jobs Number of Jobs Added 2012 to 2016 Percentage of Job Growth
2012 to 2016
Companies are serving customers in different time zones, meaning workers are needed at all hours. Customer Service Representatives 2,674,925 225,910 9%
Companies are looking to gain a greater understanding of international markets they’re targeting. Market Research Analysts 532,336 67,551 15%
Expanding beyond borders is requiring communication in different languages. Interpreters and Translators 78,455 9,845 14%
There is greater emphasis on preserving the global environment. Wind Turbine Service Technicians 7,061 1,889 37%
Maps for mobile phones and navigation systems are in demand as people explore new terrain. Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 13,193 1,802 16%


Will market research analysts jobs in Long Island be lost?

August 30th, 2016

A new survey posits that market research analyst jobs in Long Island may be on the decline, according to a new survey from Careerbuilder.

The U.S. economy is expected to add 7,232,517 jobs over the next five years — a 5 percent increase — but a new study from CareerBuilder and Emsi shows that workers in middle-wage jobs may not find as many opportunities.

High-wage and low-wage occupations are each projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2021, but middle-wage jobs are only estimated to grow 3 percent. At the same time, 61 percent of the 173 occupations expected to lose jobs over the next five years are in the middle-wage category.

The following is a list of occupations that rank among the top for projected growth or declines in employment for each wage category from 2016 to 2021. Each of the growing occupations listed are those adding at least 50,000 jobs over the next five years.

Growing High-Wage Occupations

Occupation 2016 Jobs 2021 Jobs Jobs Added
2016 – 2021
2016 – 2021
% Change
Software Developers, Applications 772,195 861,122 88,927 12%
Computer Systems Analysts 600,001 671,245 71,244 12%
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 532,336 590,363 58,027 11%
Management Analysts 798,484 870,713 72,229 9%
Registered Nurses 2,870,340 3,116,957 246,617 9%

Declining High-Wage Occupations

Occupation 2016 Jobs 2021 Jobs Jobs Added
2016 – 2021
2016 – 2021
% Change
Postal Service Mail Carriers 303,325 279,023 (24,302) (8%)
Reporters and Correspondents 47,501 44,063 (3,438) (7%)
Construction Managers 368,245 350,774 (17,471) (5%)
Real Estate Sales Agents 415,006 400,417 (14,589) (4%)
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating
622,435 617,020 (5,415) (1%)

Growing Middle-Wage Occupations

Occupation 2016 Jobs 2021 Jobs Jobs Added
2016 – 2021
2016 – 2021
% Change
Medical Assistants 631,435 701,056 69,621 11%
Customer Service Representatives 2,674,925 2,846,989 172,064 6%
Maintenance and Repair Workers 1,466,944 1,535,161 68,217 5%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1,926,886 2,009,133 82,247 4%
Office Clerks 3,365,039 3,489,518 124,479 4%


The importance of building trust for Long Island jobs

August 3rd, 2016

A new report from Payscale showcases the importance of Long Island jobs.

According to Payscale, there is a disconnect between HR departments that set the compensation budgets, line of business managers who know the employees best and the employees themselves. CEB research shows that 75 percent of employee conversations regarding pay happen with their managers, not HR personnel.

However, only 17 percent of companies are ‘very confident’ in their managers’ ability to discuss compensation with employees, according to PayScale’s 2016 Compensation Best Practices Report. PayScale Crew uses real market data to bring everyone together and fosters more meaningful conversations about compensation that are based in fact.

“I used to spend countless hours trying to make sense of compensation data in spreadsheets when I was adjusting compensation for my team,” Paul Shortell, Senior Vice President, Professional Services and Consulting at Data Intensity. “PayScale Crew made the process so much easier because I could immediately see where each employee was in relation to the compensation scale for their position. As a result, I allocated pay raises in a fraction of the time and felt much more confident explaining my rationale for a raise to each member of the team.”

“With PayScale Crew, our managers have all the information they need at their fingertips, so they no longer need to ask HR to provide answers or additional compensation details multiple times,” said Jeracah Lawless, HR Director at HPM Building Supply. “The software has dramatically improved our process for awarding compensation increases across the company because managers get immediate insight, not just raw data.”

Low-wage workers with Long Island jobs may qualify for grants

July 31st, 2016

A new round of grants from the Department of Labor may go to low wage workers with Long Island jobs, among other jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the availability of approximately $100,000 in funding through the new Portable Retirement Benefits Planning grant program.

Administered by the department’s Women’s Bureau, the program seeks to assist those workers who have traditionally lacked access to an employer-provided retirement benefits program (including independent contractors) or are otherwise less likely to have income from pensions or assets. Changing work arrangements in the high- and low-tech sectors place a greater importance on need for millions of workers – whether they are employees or independent contractors – to be able to take benefits from job to job to ensure greater retirement security.

“These grants are a continuation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s ongoing efforts to support innovation aimed at increasing the availability of retirement savings options and making such benefits more portable. Such efforts are critical to ensuring that more Americans can enjoy retirement security in this changing economy,” said Sharon Block, senior counselor to the secretary of labor and principal deputy assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Labor.

The department will award two to four grants between $25,000 and $75,000 each to nonprofit organization. The grants are intended to help such organizations develop certain program planning activities needed to initiate development of portable retirement benefits programs for their stakeholders or target populations. Such activities must involve assessing the challenges and barriers unique to low-wage workers with little to no retirement savings, researching opportunities to expand or build new portable retirement vehicles, or identifying associated legal constraints that would need to be addressed before implementing these types of programs.

Retirement security is essential to ensuring American workers’ long-term economic security – but retirement wealth has not kept pace with the nation’s aging population and other economic and demographic changes. Today, one out of three workers does not have access to a retirement savings plan, including half of workers at firms with fewer than 50 employees and more than three-quarters of part-time workers.

Working 9-5 at Long Island IT jobs

July 30th, 2016

Some experts say the 9-5 Long Island IT jobs are a thing of the past.

According to a recent survey from Careerbuilder, nearly 3 in 5 workers (59 percent) believe the traditional 9-to-5 work day is a thing of the past. Forty-five percent of workers say they complete work outside of office hours; and 49 percent say they check or answer emails when they leave work.

A higher proportion of workers in age groups 45 to 54 (65 percent) and 55 and older (61 percent), agreed that the typical eight-hour work day was a thing of the past than any other age group. By contrast, only 42 percent of workers aged 18 to 24 say the traditional 9-to-5 workday is outdated.

Workers 55 and older also say that they don’t keep working (60 percent) or check/respond to emails (54 percent) outside of office hours – again higher than any other age group. For example, only 52 percent of workers in the 18 to 24 age group say they do not keep working after business hours; and even less (41 percent) say they do not check or answer work emails outside of the office.

While similar percentages of men and women (58 and 60 percent, respectively) say the typical 9-to-5 workday is a thing of the past, men are still more likely than women to work and respond to emails once they leave the office.

Forty-nine percent of men say that they work outside of office hours, versus only 42 percent of women. Men are also more likely to remain tied to the office when they leave – 54 percent say they answer emails outside of office hours, as opposed to 43 percent of women.

Getting a response via email from a co-worker or business partner can also depend on their profession. IT (68 percent) and sales (65 percent) professionals say they check or respond to emails after business hours – perhaps making them more likely to craft a response.

Funds go to help apprentices find Long Island jobs

July 8th, 2016

A new found of funds is helping apprentices find Long Island jobs, among other locations.

States across the nation have the opportunity to expand registered apprenticeship programs that provide pathways for American workers from all backgrounds to acquire the skills and knowledge needed for good-paying jobs in fields such as information technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, building trades, cybersecurity and business services, through a new U.S. Department of Labor grant competition announced.

The Obama Administration is ‘all in’ on apprenticeship for a simple reason: it works,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Apprenticeships are a time-tested, earn-while-you-learn model that helps create opportunities for American workers to succeed while providing employers with the reliable pipeline of skilled talent they need to thrive in today’s global economy.”

The department will award approximately 33 grants totaling $50.5 million.

The ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grants are the second phase of the department’s $90 million funding strategy announced in April to grow and diversify registered apprenticeship. These grants build on historic bipartisan Congressional support and follow an unprecedented $175 million investment in apprenticeship announced by the Obama administration in September 2015.

Apprenticeships benefit employers seeking a highly skilled workforce, and improve workers’ career prospects. Research shows more than 87 percent of apprentices retain their jobs after completing their programs, with an average starting wage above $50,000 per year. In addition, studies from around the globe report that for every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivity, reduced waste and greater front-line innovation.