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How employers can attract people for healthcare jobs in Rhode Island

January 8th, 2015

For employers in healthcare, attracting new people to fill healthcare jobs in Rhode Island takes different tactics, according to a new survey from Careerbuilder.

When recruiting new health care workers, employers may want to emphasize long-term potential, location and benefits, which are among the factors health care workers consider most important (outside of salary) when considering a new position. Other popular reasons include the following:

  • Job stability: 63 percent
  • Benefit plans are affordable: 57 percent
  • Location: 56 percent
  • Good work culture: 51 percent
  • Ability to offer flexible schedules: 43 percent
  • Good career advancement opportunities: 38 percent

When it comes to retaining health care workers, co-worker and work/life balance can have a significant impact on their job satisfaction. Among the reasons 87 percent of health care employees say they plan to stay in their jobs in 2015:

  • I like the people I work with: 54 percent
  • I have a good work/life balance: 54 percent
  • Benefits: 45 percent
  • Ability to make a difference: 29 percent
  • Good boss who watches out for me: 28 percent

Nearly two thirds of health care employers (65 percent) plan to hire recent college graduates in 2015, and 47 percent plan to hire interns. Eighteen percent plan to hire more recent college graduates than the previous year.

Just over half of health care employers (52 percent) say they plan to hire workers who do not have industry experience and train them on the job.

Not even half of all employers continuously recruit for jobs in Rhode Island

January 5th, 2015

A new survey from Careerbuilder points out that only 38 percent of employers continuously recruit throughout the year for positions that may open up down the line, which may affect jobs in Rhode Island.

Among HR managers who don’t continuously recruit, the primary inhibitor is time (46 percent). Cost is only a prohibitive factor to 29 percent of this group.

Sixty-five percent of a subset of human resources managers who continuously recruit say the tactic shortened their time to hire; 54 percent said it lowered their cost per hire.

The cost of extended vacancies can be very harmful to their companies’ performance.2

• Lower morale due to employees shouldering heavier workloads – 41 percent

• Work does not get done – 40 percent

• Delays in delivery times – 34 percent

• Declines in customer service – 30 percent

• Lower quality of work due to employees being overworked – 30 percent

• Employees are less motivated – 29 percent

• Loss in revenue – 25 percent

• Employees making more mistakes resulting in lower quality of work – 25 percent

• Higher turnover because employees are overworked – 22 percent

“Extended vacancies hurt companies’ ability to grow, maintain productivity and keep existing employees engaged. One solution is to anticipate turnover in high-skilled positions and compile a network of able candidates waiting in the wings,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “While it takes an investment, companies that continuously recruit and build a pipeline of talent are able to significantly reduce their cost and time to hire.”

Manufacturing jobs in Rhode Island climb

December 28th, 2014

The latest employment statistics are in, and they show that manufacturing jobs in Rhode Island are climbing.

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.

In November, the unemployment rate held at 5.8 percent, and the number of unemployed persons was little changed at 9.1 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.2 percentage points and 1.7 million, respectively.

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.

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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.