Employment Trends

Restaurants Projected to Add Over 300,000 Jobs in 2015

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The National Restaurant Association’s Chief Economist Bruce Grindy breaks down the latest employment trends:  “The restaurant industry continues to be a driving force behind the nation’s recovery from the Great Recession, as industry job growth outstripped the overall economy for the 15th consecutive year in 2014. Eating and drinking places, the primary component of the restaurant industry accounting for three-fourths of the total restaurant and foodservice workforce, added jobs at a solid 3.5 percent rate in 2014, well above the 1.9 percent gain in total U.S. employment. 

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Private Company Optimism the Highest in Nearly a Decade

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Three-fifths of private companies plan to add fulltime equivalent employees in the coming year, but net hiring continues to shrink, reports PwC US’s latest Private Company Trendsetter Barometer®. Despite the most optimistic outlook for the US economy since 2006, employment growth at private companies remains modest due to difficulty in finding qualified workers, among other factors.

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27 Hot Jobs in Demand 2015

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Following a positive trend in 2014, many economists and reports suggest the U.S. economy and job market are positioned to yield steady growth in 2015. So what jobs and skill sets will be in greatest demand?  Each year, Randstad US publishes its list of Hot Jobs as determined by our industry expert recruiters. The predictions are based on field market research, as well as an analysis of 2015 economic projections and market trends. Our research indicates the growing demand for talent within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields will continue to rise in 2015. Other industries analyzed to uncover the jobs and skills in greatest demand included: healthcare, pharmaceutical, finance and accounting, office and administration and manufacturing.

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2015 Nurse Practitioner Ranks Doubled Over Past Decade

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The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) today released data showing that the number of nurse practitioners licensed in the United States has nearly doubled over the past ten years, rising from approximately 106,000 in 2004 to 205,000 as of December 31, 2014. AANP also showed that more than 15,000 men and women graduated from nurse practitioner programs during the 2012-2013 academic year.

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Survey Reveals Nearly 9 in 10 American Workers Say Voluntary Benefits Are Important

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Most American employees (88 percent) at least somewhat agree they consider voluntary insurance benefits a part of a comprehensive benefits program according to the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report, a study released by Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance in the United States. With plans such as accident, critical illness and hospital confinement, employees view voluntary benefits as a way to fill in coverage gaps. In fact, 63 percent see a growing need for voluntary benefits options in 2014 compared to previous years, and 48 percent of employees say they are more knowledgeable about voluntary benefits than they were last year.

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Employers are Offering More Tools and Resources to Improve Financial Outcomes for Workers

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As employers expand their focus on the overall financial well-being of their workers, a new survey from Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc, reveals that an increasing number of companies are broadening the types of financial and retirement planning tools and resources they provide to workers. Employers are also taking advantage of the size and purchasing power of their defined contribution (DC) plans to reduce costs and improve returns for employees.

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Is Your Company’s HR Department Struggling to Seal the Deal?

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Latest Survey Reveals Companies More Willing to Negotiate Salaries for Top Candidates – If They Can Find Them Companies today are more willing to negotiate salary when hiring skilled job candidates compared to one year ago. In a survey from global staffing firm Robert Half, 41 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) said they are more open to negotiate starting pay; only 9 percent are less willing.

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One In Four Lawyers Anticipates Making New Hires In First Half Of 2015


Litigation To Generate Greatest Number Of Legal Jobs Slightly more than one-quarter (26 percent) of lawyers interviewed for a new Robert Half Legal survey said their law firms or companies will be adding legal jobs in the first half of 2015. Sixty percent of lawyers said they expect to only fill vacant posts, while 7 percent said they would neither fill vacant positions nor create new ones. Just 1 percent of respondents anticipate staff reductions in the next six months.

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December Jobs Report Private Employment has Risen by at Least 200,000 for 11 Consecutive Months


Today’s solid employment report caps off a strong year for the U.S. labor market, which achieved a number of important milestones in 2014. Total job growth last year was the strongest since 1999, while the unemployment rate fell at the fastest pace in three decades. Although nominal wages fell in December, inflation-adjusted wages have generally been rising, and job growth has picked up in sectors that traditionally provide good, middle-class jobs. This week, the President has been laying out his vision to build on this progress by increasing access to community college, supporting the recovery in the housing sector and investing in U.S. manufacturing.

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