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WalMart to promote people in Vegas retail jobs

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

If you hold a Vegas retail job and work at WalMart, you may be in luck. Walmart said it expects to promote more than 160,000 associates to jobs with higher pay and more responsibility this year, including 25,000 promotions during its fourth quarter.

Today’s promotions are in addition to Walmart’s announcement in September to move 35,000 associates from temporary to part time and another 35,000 associates from part time to full time by the end of the year.

Also this year, as part of an effort to give greater flexibility to employees, Walmart is providing associates with access to open shifts, giving them the opportunity to pick up extra hours that fit with their personal schedules. The company is also providing priority status for existing employees to fill open positions, so current associates have the first opportunity to apply for open store positions, and access to supervisor roles at stores throughout the country.

“There is opportunity for everyone at Walmart. All you have to do is get your foot in the door,” said Claudine McKenzie, store manager in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. “I started as a temporary associate 17 years ago and today I run my own store. I understand what this company has to offer people, and that’s why one of the best parts of my job is helping my associates develop and grow their careers.”

“Our success from day one is a direct result of our associates and the hard work they do in taking care of our customers. We are proud to provide our people with additional opportunities for career growth and greater economic security for their families,” said Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. president and CEO. “Like most Americans, our associates want good jobs and access to a better life. Whether you are a cashier in Charlotte, or a stocker in Dallas or an assistant manager in Los Angeles, Walmart wants to see you succeed.”

Walmart provides more employment opportunities than any other company in America. In addition to standard salary and benefits, both full- and part-time associates at Walmart are eligible for quarterly bonuses based on the performance of their stores. Associates also receive a discount card to save 10 percent on most regularly priced general merchandise, fresh fruits and vegetables at any Walmart store.

Vegas retail jobs enjoy growth

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

As the holiday season comes on, hiring for Vegas retail jobs has increased slightly.

CareerBuilder’s annual survey finds that retailers are hiring overall more than they were last year.

Thirty-nine percent of retail hiring managers reported that they plan to hire seasonal workers this year, up from 36 percent last year and 29 percent in 2011. Employers in information technology (18 percent), leisure and hospitality (16 percent) and financial services (16 percent) also plan to hire seasonal staff. Half (51 percent) of employers hiring seasonal staff will pay $10 or more per hour.

Popular positions companies will be recruiting for this holiday season include:

· Customer Service – 33 percent

· Shipping/Delivery – 18 percent

· Inventory Management – 17 percent

· Administrative/Clerical – 15 percent

· Sales (non-retail) – 12 percent

· Marketing – 9 percent

· Accounting/Finance – 6 percent

A majority of employers (67 percent) who hire seasonal staff said they typically re-hire some of the same people for holiday positions every year.

Nearly half of employers said they tend to recruit a higher proportion of college students for holiday jobs while 17 percent hire more retirees.

· College students – 45 percent

· Experienced workers who are not retired – 34 percent

· High school students – 23 percent

· Retirees – 17 percent

Finance jobs in Vegas cut?

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Even though the national rate for cutting jobs is lower, Vegas finance jobs are still being cut, according to a jobs report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The financial sector, after healthcare, experienced the next largest number of job cuts in September. These firms announced 6,932 planned layoffs durin
g the month, bringing the year-to-date total for the sector to 48,874, which is the most among all industries for the year.

Planned job cuts fell to their lowest level in three months, as U.S.-based employers announced plans to reduce payrolls by 40,289 in September. That was down 20 percent from August, when job cuts reached a six-month high of 50,462.

The September total was 19 percent higher than the 33,816 planned job cuts announced the same month last year. This marks the fourth consecutive month that saw heavier job cutting than a year ago.

Overall, 128,452 planned cuts were announced during the three month period ending September 30, compared to 102,910 over the same stretch last year. The third-quarter total was 13 percent higher than the second quarter, when 113,891 job cuts were announced.

The healthcare sector has now announced 41,085 job cuts in 2013, which is 13.4 percent more than the 36,212 health care job cuts announced in all of 2012.

“The health care sector is adjusting workforce levels due to cutbacks in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements initiated under the Affordable Care Act as well as overall reductions in federal spending due to sequestration. A prime example of this occurred last month, when the Cleveland Clinic announced plans to reduce its headcount by 3,000, accounting for more than one-third of the health care cuts during the month. It attributed the cuts to lower government payments under health care reform,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

“Many of the recent banking cuts have been concentrated in the mortgage business. A couple of trends are happening here to help drive up job cuts. Many banks brought in extra workers in their mortgage departments to help deal with the large number of foreclosures. The number of foreclosures is now shrinking, which is eliminating the need for these extra workers.

Additionally, recent upticks in interest rates have lowered demand for refinancing, which, in turn, is lowering the need for workers to process these transactions,” noted Challenger.

“If there can be any silver lining in job-cut announcements, the banking cuts seem to be stemming from an improving economy. They are the result of fewer foreclosures and higher interest rates, neither of which would occur in a downward-heading economy. Home buying is increasing around the country, along with home prices. Hiring has been strong of late, and weekly jobless claims are declining to the some of the lowest levels we have seen since the end of the recession,” said Challenger.