Company commits funds to boost trades jobs in Fayetteville

June 6th, 2018

The Home Depot is committing to giving funds over to boost training and trades jobs in Fayetteville, among other locations.

The Home Depot Foundation announced a $50 million commitment to train 20,000 tradespeople over the next 10 years in order to fill the growing skilled labor gap.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently 158,000 unfilled construction sector jobs in the U.S. – a number that is expected to increase significantly as tradespeople retire over the next decade. The ratio of construction job openings to hirings, as measured by the Department of Labor, is at its highest level since 2007.

In 2017, The Home Depot Foundation launched a pilot trades training program for separating military members in partnership with nonprofit Home Builders Institute (HBI) on Ft. Stewart and Ft. Bragg. The first set of students will graduate this March. The 12-week pre-apprenticeship certification program, which is provided at no cost to students, uses an industry-based curriculum recognized by the Department of Labor that integrates work-based learning with technical and academic skills. The program, which has a job placement rate of more than 90 percent, will now roll out on additional bases across the United States.

“We want to bring shop class back, from coast-to-coast,” said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “We’re thrilled to train 20,000 next-generation plumbers, electricians, carpenters and beyond. It’s a true honor to welcome our first classes of separating soldiers as they transition to civilian life and into successful careers in the trades.”

“HBI has a 50-year history of training individuals with the skills they need to succeed in the building industry. Our program prepares men and women for high-growth careers in the industry after leaving military service,” said HBI CEO John Courson. “With 200,000 service members separating from the military every year, our partnership with The Home Depot Foundation enables us to serve more veterans across the country.”

Dressing casual for Fayetteville jobs

June 5th, 2018

Some companies may be allowing employees to dress casual for Fayetteville jobs, according to a recent survey from Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Tattoos, once taboo in the workplace, are now commonplace in many offices, as employers found that to keep or attract talent, they needed to overlook this kind of body art. Now, companies may be considering relaxing dress codes, especially in a tight labor market, according to one workplace authority.

“For years, companies required stringent dress codes for both men and women due to cultural expectations. A well-dressed workforce was considered key to running a respectable business. But with the start-up culture and the work-from-home trend, some companies have started to relax the rules,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Relaxed dress at work was inspired by Silicon Valley boom that began in the1980s. The long work hours and nature of the tech world caused companies to reject norms and wear more comfortable dress.

“This was, in part, an effort to attract young tech talent, and companies in other industries realized it was a good way to recruit within their own industries. By the mid-1990s, almost three quarters of companies instituted some kind of casual dress day, according to a 1996 article from Bloomberg,” added Challenger.

In 2016, JPMorgan Chase made waves when the company decided to allow business casual dress every day, showing a significant shift for the banking giant. More recently, Walmart said employees in some stores could wear blue jeans to work. Though not allowed in all stores yet, if the company sees improvement in productivity and morale, it could go into effect everywhere.

“There are some definite positives to shifting to a more casual dress code for companies. Employees will feel like you trust them, which will likely lead to greater job satisfaction and retention,” said Challenger.

“But, as with all changes, clear communication of expectations is key. Specifically, employees may be confused as to exactly what is considered appropriate, especially without good guidelines,” he added.


Office temps at Fayetteville retail jobs

May 27th, 2018

Some employees may be getting steamed up over office temps at Fayetteville retail jobs, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

Nearly half of workers (46 percent) say their office is either too hot or too cold — and 51 percent say sitting in an office that is too cold impacts their productivity, 67 percent say sitting in an office that is too warm does the same.

Fifteen percent of workers say they have argued with a coworker about office temperature (7 percent of men vs. 22 percent of women), and nearly 1 in 5 (19 percent) have secretly changed the office temperature during the summer—13 percent to make it cooler, 6 percent to make it warmer.

Broken down by industry, retail has the hottest employees, and health care has the coldest.

Top sectors with office temperature that is too hot

  • Retail: 28 percent1
  • Manufacturing: 23 percent2
  • Health care: 19 percent

Top sectors with office temperature that is too cold

  • Health care: 30 percent
  • Retail 24 percent3
  • Manufacturing: 18 percent4

Retail jobs in Fayetteville declining?

May 8th, 2018

The number of retail jobs jobs in Fayetteville may have declined, according to a recent survey from Challenger, Gray, & Christmas.

Job cuts announced by U.S.-based employers surged in March to 60,357, a 71 percent increase from the 35,369 cuts announced in February. Last month’s total is the highest monthly total since April 2016, when 64,141 job cuts were announced, according to the report.

“We’ve experienced 22 months of relatively low planned layoff activity. With the current economic conditions, companies are in a position to grow and invest. We’ve seen companies invest back into their workforces in the last couple of months,” said John Challenger, Chief Executive Officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

“However, last month’s plans may indicate that growth could be slowing down, especially as the market continues to tighten,” he added.

March’s total is 39 percent higher than the 43,310 announced job cuts during the same month last year.

Through the first quarter of this year, employers have announced 140,379 cuts, 11 percent more than the 126,201 job cut announcements in the first quarter of 2017 and 44 percent higher than the 97,292 cuts announced in the final quarter of last year. First quarter job cut plans are the highest since Q1 2016, when 180,920 cuts were announced.

“In 2016, cuts in retail and oil drove announcements in the first quarter. This year, we are likewise seeing cuts in retail, as that industry continues to pivot to meet consumer demand,” said Challenger.

Retail leads all sectors in job cuts in 2018, with 56,526. So far this year, Challenger has tracked 1,730 announced retail store closures. That is in addition to the 9,241 store closures that were announced in 2017.

Health Care/Products companies announced the second highest number of job cuts in 2018, with 12,491, while the Consumer Products sector announced 11,778. The Services sector announced 10,564 job cuts this year.

“The growth and job creation we’ve seen over the last few months may be coming to an end. As wages grow and the labor market tightens, companies are going to switch to a no-risk strategy and potentially begin contracting,” said Challenger.

Manufacturing jobs in Fayetteville climb

May 7th, 2018

The number of manufacturing jobs in Fayetteville are growing, according to recent labor statistics.

Payroll employment increased by 164,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

In April, job gains occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing, health care, and mining.

In April, employment in professional and business services increased by 54,000. Over the past 12 months, the industry has added 518,000 jobs. Employment in manufacturing increased by 24,000 in April.

Most of the gain was in the durable goods component, with machinery adding 8,000 jobs and employment in fabricated metal products continuing to trend up (+4,000).

Manufacturing employment has risen by 245,000 over the year, with about three-fourths of the growth in durable goods industries. Health care added 24,000 jobs in April and 305,000 jobs over the year.

In April, employment rose in ambulatory health care services (+17,000) and hospitals (+8,000). In April, employment in mining increased by 8,000, with most of the gain occurring in support activities for mining (+7,000).

Since a recent low in October 2016, employment in mining has risen by 86,000.

Employment changed little over the month in other major industries, including construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government.


Is there a pay disparity for Fayetteville jobs?

April 27th, 2018

Are women perceiving a pay disparity for Fayetteville jobs?

According to CareerBuilder’s Equal Pay Day (April 10) survey on men and women in the workplace, nearly a third of women (32 percent) do not think they are making the same pay as men in their organization who have similar experience and qualifications, compared to 12 percent of men.

More than 800 hiring and human resource managers, and more than 800 workers, both of whom are employed in the private sector across industries, participated in this nationwide survey, from November 28 and December 20, 2017.

Men are more likely to expect higher job levels during their career — 29 percent of men think they will reach a director level or higher, compared to 22 percent of women. A quarter of women (25 percent) never expect to reach above an entry-level role, compared to 9 percent of men. Almost a third of women (31 percent) think they’ve hit a glass ceiling within their organization.

More than a third of women (35 percent) don’t expect to reach a salary over $50,000 during their career, compared to 17 percent of men, while roughly half of men (47 percent) expect to reach a six-figure salary, compared to 22 percent of women.

Women also tend to be less satisfied with opportunities for advancement at work. Only 34 percent of women are satisfied with career advancement opportunities at their current employer, compared to 44 percent of men, and 30 percent of women do not feel they have the same career advancement opportunities as men who have the same skills and qualifications at their organization, compared to 12 percent of men. They are also less likely to be satisfied with training and learning opportunities at their employer than men (43 to 55 percent).

The overwhelming majority of employers (94 percent) think there should be equality of pay in the U.S., but when acting on it, employers may be less sure. More than one in 10 (15 percent) employers said they do not believe female workers make the same wage as their male counterparts at their organization. Half of HR managers think that female workers make the same wage as their male counterparts at their organization, and 35 percent said they would hope they do.


IT jobs in Fayetteville among some of the best jobs

April 8th, 2018

A new survey from U.S. News takes a look at some of the best jobs of 2018, including IT jobs in Fayetteville.

The rankings offer a look at the year’s best jobs across 15 categories – from best-paying jobs to sectors such as business and technology – to help job seekers at every level achieve their career goals. The rankings take into account the most important aspects of a job, including growth potential, work-life balance and salary.

This year, Software Developer takes the No. 1 spot as the Best Job overall. Dentist ranks at No. 2, followed by physician assistant at No. 3 and nurse practitioner at No. 4. This is the first time since 2015 that a health care job has not topped the list, though health care positions continue to dominate the 2018 rankings due to a combination of high salaries and low unemployment rates. In addition to taking 47 of the 100 Best Jobs, the majority of the Best-Paying Jobs are also in health care. With an average salary of $269,600, anesthesiologist tops the list, followed by surgeon at No. 2 and obstetrician and gynecologist at No. 3.

Information Security Analyst (No. 32), IT Manager (No. 42), and Computer Systems Analyst (No. 46) also made the overall Best Jobs list, as problem-solving skills in technology and data analytics are necessary and in high demand across most industries today.

The 2018 Best Jobs rankings offer job seekers detailed information on training and education requirements, median salary and job satisfaction across diverse sectors, including social serviceseducationconstruction and creative and media. For individuals interested in pursuing sciencetechnologyengineering and math, also known as the STEM fields, U.S. News also compiles the Best STEM Jobs.

Work experience and Fayetteville jobs

April 8th, 2018

Work experience is valued for Fayetteville jobs when it comes to new college grads, according to a recent survey.

NACE’s Job Outlook 2018 survey found that beyond seeking candidates who possess attributes like problem-solving, teamwork, communication, and leadership skills, employers specifically look for candidates who have completed internships and cooperative education assignments (co-ops)—both within their own organizations and within their industries. On a lesser scale, they look for candidates who have general work experience.

There are several reasons why prior work experience—especially that with the hiring organization—is important. For example, that familiarity between the organization and candidate aids the employer’s retention efforts. NACE research shows that interns who have prior experience within an organization have an average retention rate of 70.6 percent after one year, as compared to 65.8 percent for candidates who have internship experience with another organization and 46.3 percent for hires with no internship experience at all.

Students, too, realize the importance of gaining work experience. Among the Class of 2017, more than 62 percent reported that they completed an internship and/or co-op during their college careers.

Data for the Job Outlook 2018 survey were collected from NACE’s employer members from August 9, 2017, through October 2, 2017. A total of 201 surveys were returned—a 20.5 percent response rate. Of those responding, 14.4 percent of respondents were from the West, 25.9 percent were from the Northeast, 23.9 percent were from the Southeast, and 35.8 percent were from the Midwest.

Are home health aide jobs in Fayetteville increasing?

March 27th, 2018

A new survey from Careerbuilder demonstrates growth after the recession and sheds a light on home health jobs in Fayetteville, among other areas.

The last recession in the U.S. – more than 10 years ago – lasted only two years, but its impact on the U.S. workforce is still being felt. While the country as a whole boasts 6,692,837 more jobs in 2017 than in 2007, some states still haven’t fully recovered, and many of the occupations that are growing require workers to get additional training and/or education to fill them.

The recession had wide ranging effects, and no corner of the workforce was completely unaffected. Still, while the country overall has 4 percent more jobs than it did in 2007, some occupations have fared considerably better.

The following occupations have not only seen some of the highest 2007-2017 growth rates nationally, but they’ve also grown in each of the states that haven’t fully recovered:

  • Registered nurses: 397,315 more jobs – 16 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Waiters and waitresses: 328,431 more jobs – 14 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Home health aides: 296,952 more jobs – 46 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Nursing assistants: 163,770 more jobs – 12 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Postsecondary teachers: 151,047 more jobs – 11 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Landscaping and grounds keeping workers: 110,037 more jobs – 9 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Medical secretaries: 95,649 more jobs – 20 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Web developers: 47,073 more jobs – 38 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Veterinary technologists and technicians: 25,033 more jobs – 32 percent in 2017 than in 2007
  • Genetic counselors: 709 more jobs – 31 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Health technologists and technicians, all other: 30,583 more jobs – 30 percent in 2017 than in 2007
  • Hearing aid specialists: 1,582 more jobs – 28 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Operations research analysts: 24,742 more jobs – 27 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Mental health counselors: 34,996 more jobs – 27 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Athletic trainers: 5,438 more jobs – 26 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Healthcare social workers: 35,980 more jobs – 26 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Meeting, convention, and event planners: 22,601 more jobs – 24 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Computer systems analysts: 106,992 more jobs – 22 percent – in 2017 than in 2007

Are employees reviewing compensation policies for Fayetteville jobs?

March 8th, 2018

A new report from Challenger, Gray, & Christmas shows that many employers are busy review compensation policies for Fayetteville jobs, among locations.

The entertainment industry, which opened the floodgates on sexual misconduct and inequity for women late last year, will celebrate the achievements of various artists this Sunday at the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony. As the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements continue to facilitate conversations about sexual assault and misconduct, another topic will surely pervade the event: pay parity.

“Several female performers have come forward to reveal that their male colleagues and co-stars made, in some cases, significantly more money for the same work. This disparity is not limited to the entertainment industry by any stretch. Employers in all industries at companies of all sizes are examining their compensation structures to ensure their workers are being paid fairly for their contributions, regardless of sex,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

In a survey conducted among 150 human resources executives, 48 percent of companies responded that they are reviewing their compensation policies to guarantee pay parity, focusing on gender due to the recent #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Another 17 percent are not reviewing their policies.

Twenty-eight percent responded that they are already paying male and female workers equally.

Despite the desire for salary transparency, only 3 percent of companies surveyed by Challenger in January 2018 execute salary transparency, allowing employees to view compensation ranges for each position. Ninety percent of companies do not implement any kind of salary transparency, while 7 percent provide salary information on a need-to-know basis.