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Vegas jobs will keep minimum wage

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Those who have minimum wage Vegas jobs won’t see their salary change according to legal terms.

Labor Commissioner Thoran Towler said rates for the upcoming year will remain unchanged from last year.

The minimum wage for employees who receive qualified health benefits from their employers will remain at $7.25 per hour and the minimum wage for employees who do not receive health benefits  will remain $8.25 per hour.

The 2006 Minimum Wage Amendment to the Nevada Constitution requires the minimum wage to be recalculated each year.  The rates are adjusted annually by comparing the amount of increases in  the federal minimum wage over $5.15 per hour, or, if greater, by the cumulative increase in the cost of living.
“While the cost of living adjustment for this year increased over last year, it is still less than the $2.10 increase in the federal minimum wage that went into effect in 2009,” said Towler.

Likewise, Nevada employers will not see an increase in the threshold for daily overtime. Nevada is one of a few states with a daily overtime requirement in addition to the more familiar requirement to pay overtime for more than 40 hours in a workweek.

“Nevada’s daily overtime requirement is tied to the minimum wage,” Towler said, “As the minimum wage goes up, so does the daily overtime requirement.  Since the minimum wage is not increasing this year, the daily overtime will remain the same as well.”

Employees who receive qualified health benefits from their employers and earn less than $10.875 per hour and employees earning less than $12.375 per hour who do not receive qualified health  benefits must be paid overtime whenever they work more than 8 hours in a 24-hour period.  These changes do not affect employees who are exempt from overtime under Nevada state law.

Vegas jobs increasing?

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The amount of Vegas jobs may be increasing, according to a recent survey.

According to the latest survey from Manpower, the pace of hiring is picking up.

?The Net Employment Outlook for Quarter 1 2013 is +12%, a 1 percentage point increase from Quarter 4 2012 and slightly elevated from +9% during the same period last year.

Of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed, 17 percent expect to add to their workforces in Quarter 1 2013, while 8 percent expect a decrease in payrolls, resulting in a Net Employment Outlook of +9%. When seasonally adjusted, the Net Employment Outlook becomes +12%. Seventy-two percent of employers expect no change in their hiring plans. The final 3 percent of employers indicate they are undecided about their hiring intentions.

“The Outlook has shown no setbacks over the last 15 quarters, which reflects an ongoing state of rebuilding as employers learn to function within a state of volatility,” said Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup president. “Over the past few years, we have seen continued incremental growth in hiring projections, which reinforces this job growth is slow but sustained.”

“Historically, the trend has been for Wholesale & Retail Trade employers to tighten up staff counts after the holiday rush,” said Prising. “This quarter, we’re actually seeing plans to increase hiring, which is notable and reflects a boost in consumer confidence.”

For Quarter 1 2013, employers have a positive Outlook in 12 of the 13 industry sectors included in the survey: Wholesale & Retail Trade (+17%), Leisure & Hospitality (+14%), Professional & Business Services (+13%), Information (+12%), Financial Activities (+11%), Education & Health Services (+8%), Government (+8%), Mining (+7%), Other Services (+7%), Durable Goods Manufacturing (+5%), Nondurable Goods Manufacturing (+5%) and Transportation & Utilities (+4%). Employers in one industry sector have a negative Outlook: Construction (-2%). When the industry sector data is compared quarter-over-quarter, employers in the Information, Other Services and Government sectors anticipate a slight hiring increase. Staff levels are expected to remain relatively stable among employers in seven industry sectors: Nondurable Goods Manufacturing, Transportation & Utilities, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services, Education & Health Services and Leisure & Hospitality. The Mining, Construction and Durable Goods Manufacturing sectors anticipate a slight decrease in the hiring pace.

A positive Net Employment Outlook is reported in all four U.S. regions. When seasonal variations are removed from the data, quarter-over-quarter plans to add employees remain essentially unchanged among employers in the Midwest and South, while employers in the Northeast and West expect hiring to slightly increase. Compared to one year ago at this time, employers in the Midwest expect a relatively stable hiring environment, employers in the Northeast and South project a slight increase in hiring and employers in the West expect a moderate increase in the hiring pace for Quarter 1 2013.

Companies hire for engineering jobs in Vegas

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

The number of engineering jobs in Vegas may be growing, according to a survey.

WANTED Analytics, a source for business intelligence for the talent marketplace, said that organizations in the United States had more than 22,000 job ads available online for civil engineers.

Jobs for civil engineers grew 16% compared to the same 90-day period in 2011, the most of any engineering occupation.

some of the most commonly advertised job titles include Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, Project Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer, and Design Engineer.

Areas that were hiring civil engineers include Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Washington (DC), and Denver. While employers in Houston and New York placed the highest number of job ads for this talent pool during the past 90 days, one of the highest year-over-year growth areas was actually Denver where year-over-year hiring demand grew more than 80%.

The most commonly required skills in civil engineering job ads include project management, Autodesk AutoCAD, construction management, oral and written communication skills, Microsoft Office, Bentley Microstation, business development, and self-motivation. In addition to traditional engineering skills, such as project and construction management, there are several growing technologies that are frequently specified in job ads for this occupation. For example, experience with computer-aided design (CAD) and specific programs, like Autodesk AutoCAD and Bentley Microstation, more commonly appears as job requirements.

Recruiters in Midland, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma are currently experiencing some of the most challenging overall recruiting conditions. Fierce competition among employers to source candidates and fill positions has emerged in these two areas. In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows that the best metropolitan areas for recruiting Civil Engineers are Boston, Massachusetts and Seattle, Washington.