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Should the minimum wage be increased for Rhode Island food service jobs?

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Some people think the minimum wage should be hiked up for Rhode Island food service jobs, among other jobs, according to a Careerbuilder survey.

The survey found that a strong majority of employers (62 percent) think the minimum wage in their state should be increased, including 58 percent of company senior leaders.

While most employers would like to see a hike in their state, only 7 percent think a minimum wage of $15 per hour or more would be fair. Nine percent don’t think there should be a set minimum wage. Nearly half (48 percent) think a fair minimum wage should be set between $10 and $14 per hour.

  • $7.25 per hour (current federal minimum): 8 percent
  • $8.00 or $9.00 per hour: 29 percent
  • $10.00 per hour: 29 percent
  • $11.00-$14.00 per hour: 19 percent
  • $15.00 or more per hour: 7 percent
  • No set minimum wage: 9 percent

Among employers who want an increase in their state, improving the standard of living of workers led all business-related reasons for their support. A majority say a higher minimum wage helps the economy and helps them retain employees.

  • It can improve the standard of living: 74 percent
  • It can have a positive effect on employee retention: 58 percent
  • It can help bolster economy: 55 percent
  • It can increase consumer spending: 53 percent
  • Employees may be more productive/deliver higher quality work: 48 percent
  • It can afford workers the opportunity to pursue more training or education: 39 percent

Employers who do not support a minimum wage increase in their state cite several reasons related to negative effects it may have on their business.

  • It can cause employers to hire less people: 66 percent
  • It can cause issues for small businesses struggling to get by: 65 percent
  • It can cause hikes in prices to offset labor costs: 62 percent
  • It can mean potential layoffs: 50 percent
  • It can lead to increased use of automation as a replacement for workers: 32 percent
  • Wages for higher-level workers may suffer and create retention issues: 29 percent

Outlook for Rhode Island jobs bleak

Monday, December 1st, 2014

The outlook for Rhode Island jobs, particularly in providence, is looking bleak, according to new results from Manpower.

U.S. employers report the strongest Net Employment Outlook since Quarter 1 2008, when the Outlook was +16%. The Quarter 4 2014 Net Employment Outlook of +15% is up from +14% in Quarter 3 2014 and from +13% during Quarter 4 2013.

Globally, hiring plans are mostly positive with employers expecting to finish the year on a more confident note than they did in 2013, as outlooks strengthen in 29 countries and territories year-over-year and soften in just 12. Forecasts, however, are softer when compared with Q3. Fourth-quarter hiring confidence is strongest in India, Taiwan and New Zealand, while the weakest and only negative forecasts are reported in Spain, Italy, Ireland, the Czech Republic and Finland.

Among employers in the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas, the strongest job prospects are expected in:

  • Dallas
  • Houston, Texas
  • McAllen, Texas
  • Phoenix, Ariz.
  • San Jose, Calif.

The weakest Outlooks are projected in:

  • Akron, Ohio
  • Little Rock, Ark.
  • Philadelphia
  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Providence, R.I.
  • Hartford, Conn.
  • Albany, N.Y.
  • Employers in the Midwest report a Net Employment Outlook of +15%, which is the strongest since Quarter 4 2007 when the Outlook was +18%.
  • Employers in the South report a Net Employment Outlook of +15%, which is the strongest since Quarter 2 2008 when the Outlook was +17%.
  • Employers in the West report a Net Employment Outlook of +16%, which is the strongest since Quarter 1 2008 when the Outlook was +22%

Do Americans fear Rhode Island political jobs?

Monday, December 1st, 2014

While some jobs are coveted, some jobs, like Rhode Island political jobs, are feared, according to a new survey from job board Careerbuilder.

10 Jobs That Strike Fear in American Workers’ Hearts

  1. Politician: There are 56,857 politicians/legislators in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay (state and local level): $14.77
    Average salary in 2014 (U.S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives): $174,000/yearScary for those who fear: Responsibility; accountability to a large number of people; rejection.
  2. Microbiologist for Infectious Diseases: In general, there are 20,800 microbiologists in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $33.27Scary for those who fear: Germs; Ebola; accidentally leaving the hazmat suit at home.
  3. Security Guard at Teen Pop Idol Concert: In general, there are 1,163,023 security guards in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $11.88Scary for those who fear: Getting trampled by screaming tweens.
  4. Kindergarten Teacher: There are 158,084 kindergarten teachers (non-special education) in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $24.81Scary for those who fear: Germs; temper tantrums; shaping the minds of America’s youth.
  5. Crime Scene Investigator: There are 128,432 detectives and criminal investigators and forensic science technicians in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $36.32Scary for those who fear: Blood; the disappointment on people’s faces when you tell them the job is nothing like it is on TV.
  6. Animal Trainer: There are 32,360 animal trainer jobs in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $12.24Scary for those who fear: Animal attacks; allergy flare-ups.
  7. Mortician: There are 27,505 mortician, undertaker and funeral director jobs in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $23.13Scary for those who fear: Dead bodies; silence; zombie attacks.
  8. Radio, Cellular and Tower Equipment Installer and Repairer: There are16,213 radio, cellular and tower equipment installer and repairer jobs in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $21.97.Scary for those who fear: Heights.
  9. Stand-Up Comedian: There are 37,272 jobs in the entertainers and performers, sports and related workers industry, which include comedians, in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $16.89Scary for those who fear: Public speaking; awkward silence.
  10. Parent: There are too many parent jobs in the U.S. to count.
    Median hourly pay: Not nearly enough.

Employers planning to hire for Rhode Island jobs

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

A percentage of employers are hiring for Rhode Island jobs, according to a survey from Careerbuilder.

According to the survey, nearly three in 10 employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the fourth quarter, up four percentage points over last year. One in four expect to hire seasonal workers, including 43 percent of retailers.

Two in five retailers (43 percent) plan to hire seasonal workers in Q4. Last year, 39 percent of retailers had expected to add workers for the holidays.

While retailers typically take center stage when it comes to seasonal employment, companies across industries are looking for extra hands on deck. Twenty-six percent plan to hire seasonal employees in Q4, and 42 percent of these companies expect to transition some seasonal staff members into full-time, permanent roles.

Pay for seasonal workers will increase over last year, according to 27 percent of employers. Thirteen percent anticipate it will decrease. Sixty-three percent of seasonal employers will pay $10 or more per hour while 19 percent will pay $16 or more.

Nearly half (46 percent) of companies hiring seasonal employees said they’re boosting staffs to help with the busier holiday season, while others are focused on wrapping up the year (25 percent) and ramping up for 2015 (24 percent).

seasonal positions companies will be recruiting for in Q4 include:

· Customer Service – 40 percent

· Administrative/Clerical – 15 percent

· Shipping/Delivery – 13 percent

· Accounting/Finance – 12 percent

· Inventory Management – 12 percent

· Information Technology – 11 percent

· Sales (non-retail) – 11 percent

· Gift Wrapping – 10 percent

· Marketing – 7 percent

· Hosting/Greeting – 7 percent

People with Rhode Island jobs fear this

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

According to a new survey from Careerbuilder, people who hold Rhode Island jobs, among other locations, fear these ten jobs the most.

Asked to choose from a list of the jobs they found the most frightful (or submit their own), workers provided the following answers – with some surprising results. Based on their selections, CareerBuilder pulled employment data for each occupation from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) to show how many brave souls have taken on these roles and what they’re being paid.

10 Jobs That Strike Fear in American Workers’ Hearts

  1. Politician: There are 56,857 politicians/legislators in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay (state and local level): $14.77
    Average salary in 2014 (U.S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives): $174,000/yearScary for those who fear: Responsibility; accountability to a large number of people; rejection.
  2. Microbiologist for Infectious Diseases: In general, there are 20,800 microbiologists in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $33.27Scary for those who fear: Germs; Ebola; accidentally leaving the hazmat suit at home.
  3. Security Guard at Teen Pop Idol Concert: In general, there are 1,163,023 security guards in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $11.88Scary for those who fear: Getting trampled by screaming tweens.
  4. Kindergarten Teacher: There are 158,084 kindergarten teachers (non-special education) in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $24.81Scary for those who fear: Germs; temper tantrums; shaping the minds of America’s youth.
  5. Crime Scene Investigator: There are 128,432 detectives and criminal investigators and forensic science technicians in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $36.32Scary for those who fear: Blood; the disappointment on people’s faces when you tell them the job is nothing like it is on TV.
  6. Animal Trainer: There are 32,360 animal trainer jobs in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $12.24Scary for those who fear: Animal attacks; allergy flare-ups.
  7. Mortician: There are 27,505 mortician, undertaker and funeral director jobs in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $23.13Scary for those who fear: Dead bodies; silence; zombie attacks.
  8. Radio, Cellular and Tower Equipment Installer and Repairer: There are16,213 radio, cellular and tower equipment installer and repairer jobs in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $21.97.Scary for those who fear: Heights.
  9. Stand-Up Comedian: There are 37,272 jobs in the entertainers and performers, sports and related workers industry, which include comedians, in the U.S.
    Median hourly pay: $16.89Scary for those who fear: Public speaking; awkward silence.
  10. Parent: There are too many parent jobs in the U.S. to count.
    Median hourly pay: Not nearly enough.Scary for those who fear: Almost all of the above fears.

Innovate fund to create Rhode Island jobs

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (Commerce RI) and the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC) are giving out grants so that several businesses can create Rhode Island jobs.

The companies plan on giving six Rhode Island businesses will receive $269,963 in grants.

This is the second year the grants have been available through the Innovate RI Fund. The Rhode Island General Assembly created the fund in 2013 to help foster job creation, facilitate small business development and enhance the workforce pipeline.

Rhode Island small businesses may apply for grants to defray the cost of applying for federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) awards, match SBIR/STTR Phase I awards and hire interns. Each company has received a competitive Phase I SBIR/STTR grant from the federal government to develop a technology that is of interest to a federal agency.

The grants are the result of the first call for applications for FY 2015. Approximately $90,000 is still available to fund three additional grants by June 30, 2015. Applications are sought on a quarterly basis. The next call for applications will be posted in January 2015 for companies that received SBIR/STTR Phase I awards in the fourth quarter of 2014.

“State matching grants are equal to 30 percent of the federal award up to a maximum of $45,000. The grants are disbursed in two phases, with 75 percent of the grant disbursed upon successful application to the program and the remaining 25 percent disbursed upon submission of a Phase II proposal.”To create jobs and grow our economy, we must continue to support and invest in our existing assets, such as the great minds at work at our colleges, universities, pioneering businesses and research facilities,” Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said. “The Innovate Rhode Island Fund enables us to promote and encourage cutting-edge research, support our small businesses and attract more federal research dollars to Rhode Island.”

IT jobs in Rhode Island climb

Monday, October 6th, 2014

The latest employment statistics show that IT jobs in Rhode Island are growing.

Employment in information increased by 12,000 in September, with a gain of 5,000 in telecommunications. Over the year, employment in information has shown little net change.

Mining employment rose by 9,000 in September, with the majority of the increase occurring in support activities for mining (+7,000). Over the year, mining has added 50,000 jobs.

Employment in retail trade rose by 35,000 in September. Food and beverage stores added 20,000 jobs, largely reflecting the return of workers who had been off payrolls in August due to employment disruptions at a grocery store chain in New England. Employment in retail trade has increased by 264,000 over the past 12 months.

In September, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 5.9 percent. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 329,000 to 9.3 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.3 percentage points and 1.9 million, respectively.

Among the major worker groups, unemployment rates declined in September for adult men (5.3 percent), whites (5.1 percent), and Hispanics (6.9 percent). The rates for adult women (5.5 percent), teenagers (20.0 percent), and blacks (11.0 percent) showed little change over the month.

In September, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 5.9 percent. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 329,000 to 9.3 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.3 percentage points and 1.9 million, respectively.

Among the major worker groups, unemployment rates declined in September for adult men (5.3 percent), whites (5.1 percent), and Hispanics (6.9 percent). The rates for adult women (5.5 percent), teenagers (20.0 percent), and blacks (11.0 percent) showed little change over the month.

Macy’s hires for retail jobs in Rhode Island

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

With the holiday season coming up, Macy’s has decided to hire for retail jobs in Rhode Island, among other locations.

The retailer will hire for 86,000 positions at its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide for the 2014 holiday season.

The company’s 2014 season hiring plan compares to approximately 83,000 in 2013 (an increase of about 3.6 percent).

Seasonal associates at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s serve customers on the selling floor, work in store operations positions, interact with customers via the telephone in call centers, and staff the distribution and fulfillment centers that coordinate shipments to stores and directly to customers who buy online or via mobile. 

The seasonal workforce has grown in recent years in the company’s network of online fulfillment centers in support of increased sales generated by the company’s Omnichannel business strategy.

In 2014, approximately 10,000 of the 86,000 total seasonal positions will be based in the direct-to-consumer fulfillment megacenters in Martinsburg, WV; Goodyear, AZ, Portland, TN, and Cheshire, CT, and well as in product-specific fulfillment centers in Sacramento, CA, Stone Mountain, GA, Secaucus, NJ, and Joppa, MD.

  • About 1,125 associates will be hired to interact with customers via telephone, email and online chat at customer service centers in Mason, Ohio; Clearwater, FL; Tempe, AZ; and St. Louis, MO.
  • Approximately 3,000 positions will be assigned to work in the fulfillment areas of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores that are equipped to fill and ship orders directly to customers, as well as to support the Buy Online Pickup in Store service available in every location.
  • More than 850 persons will be hired across the country to support the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santalands and other iconic holiday events.

Employers are all for raising minimum wage for Rhode Island jobs

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

A recent survey from Careerbuilder found that many employers are in favor of raising the minimum wage for Rhode Island jobs, among other locations.

Employers surveyed think only 7 percent think a minimum wage of $15 per hour or more would be fair. Nine percent don’t think there should be a set minimum wage. Nearly half (48 percent) think a fair minimum wage should be set between $10 and $14 per hour.

  • $7.25 per hour (current federal minimum): 8 percent
  • $8.00 or $9.00 per hour: 29 percent
  • $10.00 per hour: 29 percent
  • $11.00-$14.00 per hour: 19 percent
  • $15.00 or more per hour: 7 percent
  • No set minimum wage: 9 percent

A majority say a higher minimum wage helps the economy and helps them retain employees.

  • It can improve the standard of living: 74 percent
  • It can have a positive effect on employee retention: 58 percent
  • It can help bolster economy: 55 percent
  • It can increase consumer spending: 53 percent
  • Employees may be more productive/deliver higher quality work: 48 percent
  • It can afford workers the opportunity to pursue more training or education: 39 percent

Employers who do not support a minimum wage increase in their state cite several reasons related to negative effects it may have on their business.

  • It can cause employers to hire less people: 66 percent
  • It can cause issues for small businesses struggling to get by: 65 percent
  • It can cause hikes in prices to offset labor costs: 62 percent
  • It can mean potential layoffs: 50 percent
  • It can lead to increased use of automation as a replacement for workers: 32 percent
  • Wages for higher-level workers may suffer and create retention issues: 29 percent

High schoolers plan to get science jobs in Rhode Island

Friday, September 5th, 2014

A slew of high schoolers are planning their career early and are looking to snag science jobs in Rhode Island.

According to a survey from Careerbuilder, high school seniors may be taking a more active role in providing a solution to the skills gap. Nearly three in four high school seniors know what career they want to pursue, and STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and math) top their choices.

According to the survey, 37 percent of hiring managers reported that they currently have positions that, on average, stay open for 12 weeks or longer, up from 35 percent last year. Comparing industries, Information Technology (52 percent), Health Care2 (49 percent) and Manufacturing (44 percent) all came in significantly higher than the national average.

For example, employment in industries such as Manufacturing had been on a downward trajectory for a number of years due to automation and sending jobs overseas.

Now, more Manufacturing jobs are coming back to the U.S., but the talent pool has shrunk over time due to workers moving into other fields and students avoiding related majors because jobs were being offshored.

From 2010 to 2014, there were an estimated 23,861 annual job openings for Machinists, but the number of college degrees awarded for this field was only 6,184 in 2013. Moreover, 25 percent of Machinists are ages 55 and older and approaching retirement, hastening the need to find replacement workers.
The Harris Poll survey shows the majority (97 percent) of high school seniors plan to go to college to obtain a two-year or four-year degree or other training that may ultimately help to close the talent gap. The most popular majors these students plan to sign up for are largely STEM-related:

  1. Engineering
  2. Business
  3. Psychology
  4. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  5. Physical Sciences
  6. Arts, Visual and Performing
  7. Computer and Information Sciences
  8. Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
  9. English Language and Literature
  10. Math and Statistics