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Tech jobs in Vegas get cut

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

It’s bad news for those who have tech jobs in Vegas and other cities, as it appears many of these jobs are being cut.

Employers in the technology sector announced a total of 100,757 job cuts in 2014. That was up 77 percent from 56,918 in 2013, according to a semi-annual report on tech layoffs released Monday by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

The heaviest tech sector downsizing occurred in the computer industry, where employers announced plans to cut payrolls by 59,523, a 69 percent increase from the 35,136 job cuts by these firms in 2013.

“Oddly, the technology sector was among the stronger segments of the economy in 2014 and is likely to be a source for continued growth and job creation in 2015. However, we did see several large scale layoff announcements from tech giants, including 18,000 from Microsoft and 16,000 from Hewlett-Packard, which has now shed more than 50,000 workers since 2013,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

“Announcements from other old-guard tech firms, such as Cisco Systems, Intel and Symantec, are not indicative of a sector in decline, but of one that is in flux. Several of the firms announcing job cuts in 2014 mentioned the need to be more nimble and streamlined to remain competitive.

“Technology is sector where trends shift quickly and companies have to be able to pivot in response without enduring several quarters of earnings losses. It is common to see simultaneous job destruction and creation, as employers shed workers in one area, while building up another. So, the heavy downsizing that occurred in this sector last year should not be cause for alarm,” noted Challenger.

The biggest increase in job-cut activity occurred in the electronics industry, where annual job cuts surged 120 percent from 8,830 in 2013 to 19,408 last year. The 2014 total was the largest for the electronics industry since 65,300 layoffs were announced by these firms in 2009.

The biggest obstacle to tech-sector job growth may be a shortage of available workers.

Company hires for Vegas executive jobs

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

The Nevada Medicaid Health Care Guidance Program (HCGP) has secured a key hire for Vegas executive jobs.

The integrated physical and behavioral care management program has hired Cheri Glockner, Executive Director; Erin Snell, Behavioral Health Program Director; and Dr. Amy J. Khan and Dr. Ryan M. Ley, Medical Directors.

Cheri Glockner, Executive Director, joined at the end of July, and is responsible for meeting the program goals of improving the well-being of a designated Nevada Medicaid population. Most recently, Ms. Glockner served as Director of Development and Public Relations for Carson Tahoe Health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Dr. Ley, board-certified in Psychiatry, also serves as Chief of Staff of West Hills Hospital in Reno. He is an assistant professor with the University of Nevada School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree, and sees children and adolescents with Nueva Vista Family Services in San Diego. He has an MBA from Arizona State University and a Master’s of Science in Clinical Trials from Drexel College of Medicine. Drs. Khan and Ley hold medical licenses in Nevada and California.

Dr. Amy J. Khan facilitates provider engagement activities and oversees clinical services delivered by care management staff. Dr. Khan, board-certified in Internal Medicine, was formerly Chief Medical Officer at Saint Mary’s Health Plans. She earned an M.D. from Wayne State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins University.

Workers struggle to find full-time Vegas jobs

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Finding full-time Vegas jobs may be a struggle for some, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

The study found that 32 percent of part-time workers say they want to work full time, but haven’t been able to land a full-time job.

One in four part-time workers who want full-time jobs said they currently work two or more jobs.

When asked why they believe they have struggled to find a full-time job, part-time workers looking for full-time work gave the following responses:
There aren’t as many jobs available in my field as there were pre-recession: 54 percent
I don’t have the skills necessary for in-demand jobs: 51 percent
I haven’t looked for full-time jobs on a regular basis: 31 percent
I don’t have the education needed: 29 percent

The majority of these workers (62 percent) say they would be willing to work without pay for an organization for a period of time to prove the value they can bring as a full-time employee.

The inability to find full-time work has affected not only workers’ financial situations, but their lifestyles and even their health. When asked to choose from a list of experiences they have had as a result of their struggles, part-time workers who say they want full-time work cited the following:

Downgraded to save money (e.g. traded in for a cheaper car, canceled cable, moved to a smaller home): 31 percent
Had to borrow money from family or friends: 29 percent
Suffered from depression: 23 percent
Moved back home with parents: 22 percent
Went into high credit card debt: 17 percent