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“Finders Keepers”

Employers have been actively recruiting workers in a ‘finder’s focus’ as economic growth created opportunity over the last decade. Alack of skilled applicants in all sectors and a shortage of basic labor has moved companies to a new ‘keeper’ environment as they seek to retain those in their workforces.

Historically low unemployment is moving Sacramento companies from recruiting to retention. When asked, ‘in 2019 where is retention on your list of priorities?’ the majority report it has topped the list. FFifty-threepercent (53%) of those surveyed in direct contacts between February 25th to March 22nd cite it as their #1 priority in Q2 2019.

As one Construction sector contact said in anecdotal comment, “#1 no matter the unemployment rate” keeping skilled, experienced employees is always important. Another Manufacturer says, “more than important, imperative in an era of low unemployment”. When asked about retention, other contacts cited changes in the employee base as one issue in keeping employees on the job, “Understanding multigenerational desires” and another citing more opportunity, “it’s easier to leave and land on your feet” and, as one employer cited, “increased focus on generations to improve retention, especially millennials”. The idea of company ‘loyalty’ is often noted as an issue with one Service company polled reporting, “more problems with transient employees” and another saying retention of experience is vital in, “maintaining client relationships, you must be proactive with employees’ to keep them.”

While greater business opportunity exists, as this Service contact noted. “we’re ready to grow, just trying to find talent.” Pacific Staffing discovered that fifty-seven percent (57%) of Sacramento employers are seeking to hire in the next three months. While forty-eight percent (48%) are motivated by replacements or attrition in the existing workforce forty-one percent (41%) are still hiring for expansion or growth of the business in April, May and June. Twenty ppercent (20%) of hiring is prompted by seasonal needs. Most seasonal demand was from Construction sector companies as they all were seeking general labor, skilled construction trades, equipment operators and drivers.

Workforce Challenge?

Other skills in demand in Q2 among all companies surveyed include customer service, sales, route/delivery drivers, product assembly, manufacturing and IT.

Sacramento Regional Top Companies Polled by Industry:
  • 54% Service
  • 25% Manufacturers
  • 19% Construction
  • 2% Retail

=============Next Quarterly Projections: July 2019 =================

Media contact: Rick Reed 916-704-0080/ info@rickreedpr.com

The post Sacramento Employment Trends: Job Demand and Hiring in Q2 2019 appeared first on Pacific Staffing.

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‘Speed Bump?’

Employers are downshifting in the hiring race as 2019 begins. One regional company is reducing workforce by more than fifty percent (50%) as tariff related contract losses impact Sacramento area employment. In direct contacts with regional employers between November 19th and December 17th, Pacific Staffing discovered fifty-six percent (56%) of companies are hiring in the First Quarter of 2019.

Hiring has pulled back from this same time one year ago when sixty-five percent (65%) planned to hire in January, February and March. While the pace of hiring among top Sacramento regional employers has fallen throughout 2018 companies report finding applicants and specific skilled workers remain a top challenge in the new year.

While not a single company surveyed planned Q1 layoffs in 2018, in the first three months of 2019 seven percent (7%) are reducing workforces. Staff reductions are attributed to seasonal change and slower demand for products and services.  Forty-four percent (44%) of hiring in Q1 is for attrition, or replacements, among existing workforces while employers seek just forty-two percent (42%) for growth.

Workforce Challenge?

By talking to top regional firms each quarter since 1992, Pacific Staffing has learned there are always hiring challenges for employers, regardless of economic direction. In this First Quarter of the new year seventeen percent (17%) of employers also report a continuing challenge with finding enough applicants, despite the slowdown.  Others also citing increased minimum wage and hiring specific skilled trades as workplace concerns.

Sales, customer service, accounting/finance, technical, warehouse and shipping experience is in high demand thru March. Drivers for route and delivery remain scarce.

The most active sector is Service companies with Manufacturers second, followed by Construction and Retail thru January, February and March of 2019.

Sacramento Regional Top Companies Polled by Industry:  
  • 54% Service
  • 25% Manufacturers
  • 19% Construction
  • 2% are Retail

Next Quarterly Projections: April 2019

Media contact: Rick Reed 916-704-0080/ info@rickreedpr.com

The post Sacramento Quarterly Employment Trends – Hiring Trends in 2019 Q1 appeared first on Pacific Staffing.

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Job demand & hiring trends for local companies in the 4th Quarter of 2018 Special: ‘In’ or ‘Out’ -sourcing?

Sacramento employers have slowed hiring with shortages of skills and applicants. However, they continue to seek expansion of workforces in the final Quarter of 2018. Down from sixty-six percent (66%) hiring in the previous three months, Pacific Staffing discovered in direct contacts with top regional employer’s fifty-seven percent (57%) will hire in October, November and December. Twenty percent (20%) of all companies report a lack of applicants as a major challenge.

While top regional employers, contacted by phone between August 23rd and September 21, will cut overall marketplace demand, those seeking workers are still motivated by expansion or growth needs in the workforce. Forty-one percent (41%) will hire for growth in the next three months with replacements within existing workforces accounting for thirty-two percent (32%) of employer demand in the Quarter ahead. Six percent (6%) of Sacramento companies also report
some increased hiring for seasonal needs thru the next three months.

Only one company polled reports plans to reduce workers with layoffs in Fourth Quarter (Q4) due to market slowdowns.

Workforce Challenge?

Seasonal shopping is going to be a gamble as Sacramento retailers polled were split 50/50 on hiring or not in October, November and December. Twenty percent of employers surveyed say simply finding applicants is a major challenge in meeting demands in the Sacramento market. Retention is another challenge. Signing bonuses and incentives like additional vacation or Flex time are being offered in the efforts to keep current skilled, experienced workers at the job and
attract talent from outside the area.

Trend Change?

One trend in employment and management appears to have lost some of the luster enjoyed in the past decade. Outsourcing overseas. When asked in the current booming economy with shortages of skills and applicants if ‘outsourcing’ work overseas is IN or OUT, fifty-eight percent (58%) of all Sacramento companies reported no interest in using it. While some regional employers have ‘outsourced’ and others have not, some are unable to and some forbidden to, outsourcing issues cited included ‘challenges’ in cost, management and additional paperwork in compliance with government rules.

Twenty-four (24%) of Sacramento companies report finding some specific success in utilizing out of market and international resources for printing, design, office or management functions and customer service needs. Skills in top demand for Q4 include drivers, sales, tech, warehouse, shipping and manufacturing. Employers also cite needs for specialized skills including escrow/mortgage, accounting/finance and construction trade workers.

Sacramento Regional Top Companies Polled by Industry:
  • 41% Service
  • 27% Manufacturing
  • 22% Construction
  • 10% Retail

=============Next Quarterly Projections: January 2019 =================
Media contact: Rick Reed 916-704-0080/ info@rickreedpr.com

The post Sacramento Quarterly Employment Trends – Q4 2018 appeared first on Pacific Staffing.

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Sex Talk at Work?

Sacramento employers demonstrate concern in preventing potential sexual harassment on the job. News of workplace sexual harassment, assault and worse occupy conversation across society as part of the #MeToo movement and employers are on guard against workplace problems. Pacific Staffing asked top regional employers about sexual harassment and how often they provide employee training in direct phone contacts between May 29 and June 22, 2018.

Anecdotally, top companies said, ‘zero tolerance’ policy, reinforced ‘at need’ training and access to online resources were employed to help workers understand how serious this issue is taken in the Sacramento workplace.

Forty-eight percent (48%) of Sacramento employers polled say they offer sexual harassment training annually, with most also outlining workplace rules on hire for all employees. The required CA standard for supervisory personnel is every two years, and nineteen percent (19%) of companies say they follow that standard in training their workforces. While some contacted would not or could not discuss the question, another four percent (4%) report a higher standard of training twice to four times a year for workers on sexual harassment and appropriate conduct at work.

Workforce Challenge?

Third Quarter hiring rose by one percent since last Quarter with sixty-six percent (66%) of Sacramento regional employers surveyed reporting planned hiring in July, August and September. One notable change has sixty-percent (60%) of companies reporting they will hire for attrition, or replacements, in their existing workforce. Many say retention of skilled workers is an issue. Fifty percent (50%) are motivated by growth in Q3 with ten percent (10%) also citing seasonal demands for some hiring.

Forty-one percent (41%) of Sacramento employers say the greatest challenge in the present market is applicants for open positions, especially skilled trades, equipment operators and ten percent (10%) report demand for a wide variety of Information Technology/Digital IT jobs. A continuing issue across industry sectors is route and delivery drivers able to pass license and drug screen requirements.

Sacramento Regional Top Companies Polled by Industry:
  • 46% Service
  • 20% Manufacturers
  • 23% Construction
  • 11% are Retail

Media contact: Rick Reed 916-704-0080/ info@rickreedpr.com

The post Sacramento Quarterly Employment Trends – Q3 2018 appeared first on Pacific Staffing.

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