John Zappe

John has been writing about recruiting and employment for nearly a decade,and has worked in the field for almost twice as long. He traces his connection to the employment industry back to the beginning of the commercial Internet when he managed some of the earliest news oriented websites. These offered job boards, which became highly popular with users. John worked with agencies and large employers on job postings, resume search, and campaigns, before consulting with media companies on audience development and online advertising sales.

Articles by John Zappe

HR News & Trends

February Jobs Report Improved a Little, But Still Not as Good as Last Year


Less crippled than economists predicted by the nasty weather that gripped much of the nation last month, the U.S.Department of Labor reports that the economy improved hiring in February, adding 175,000 new jobs.

That was 25,000 more jobs than the average of analyst estimates.

In this touch-and-go economic recovery, gains higher than expected are good news, but the numbers over the last three months are anemic compared to last year’s average 190,000 new monthly jobs.

February 2013, which was unencumbered by bitter weather, saw 280,000 new jobs. Read more…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

Supreme Court to Decide If Employees Should be Paid for Security Checks


A case that has the potential to cost staffing companies — and, in turn, their clients — hundreds of millions of dollars is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The justices agreed to hear a Fair Labor Standards Act suit against Amazon’s temporary worker provider, Integrity Staffing Solutions, over whether workers should be paid for the time they spend going through company security on their way home.

Two former employees provided by Integrity who worked at Amazon’s two Nevada warehouses sued the retailer’s staffing firm demanding to be paid for the 20-25 minutes it routinely takes them to clear the daily security check.

Because the case was filed as a class action, it could affect many or most of the estimated 38,000 temps at Amazon’s three dozen U.S. warehouses and distribution centers. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

“Labor Buyer’s Market” Helps Keep Temp Worker Growth Flat in 2013


Temp labor reached new heights last year as employers ratcheted up the use of contract workers ending the year with 2.8 million temp employees, a 7.9 percent increase for the year.

Staffing firms added jobs at an average of 16,875 a month last year, the fastest pace since 2010, a turnaround year from the recession that began in 2007. Temp growth was slower in January, with 8,100 new jobs. However, too much shouldn’t read into the month, as January’s temp hiring is rarely useful to predict the rest of the year. Read more…

HR News & Trends

January Report Shows Another Month of Disappointing Job Growth

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The U.S. grew jobs at a disappointing pace in January, the second consecutive month that hiring came in far below what economists were expecting.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s monthly jobs report said 113,000 new jobs were created during January 2014, some 70,000 below predictions.

And if that wasn’t enough gloomy news, the report upped December’s initial job count of 74,000 by a mere 1,000 jobs. A revision to the November numbers did better, adding 33,000 to 241,000 previously reported. Read more…

HR Technology, Recruiting and Staffing

Want to Hire Female Technology Professionals? So Does Everybody Else


Are there women in tech?

Yes, but the truth is, not many. Certainly nowhere near their proportion to women in the workforce.

Women are barely a quarter of the IT professionals, yet they account for half the civilian workforce. Women earn 60 percent of the bachelor’s degrees, but fewer than 20 percent earn a degree in computer science. Back 25 years ago, 37 percent of the computer science degrees went to women.

In some specialties — cyber security, for one — men outnumber women 9 to 1. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Obamacare Rollout Is Fueling Huge Growth in Medical Jobs

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Whatever you may think of the Affordable Care Act, it’s already creating new health care jobs, and increasing demand for nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

“Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are attractive options because they can do 75 to 85 percent of the work a physician does at 55 to 65 percent of the cost,” says Susan Mesa, president of the Atlanta locum tenens staffing firm Advanced   

These types of professionals may be the most obvious beneficiaries of the health care law, parts of which began to go into effect January 1. They are not, however, the only workers who will be needed as the number of the nation’s medically insured grows. Read more…

HR News & Trends

December Numbers Show Worst Job Growth in Two Years

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The government’s estimates of December’s job growth, projected by most economists to come in at somewhat over 190,000, stunned analysts with the report of an anemic 74,000 new jobs.

The December report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) contradicts other, positive signs of economic strength, including strong home sales and a rise in the manufacturing index over the last several months. The National Employment Report from ADP and Moody’s Analytics, out Wednesday, estimated the private sector in December added 238,000 non-farm jobs.

The monthly job growth number was the worst since May 2011. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Survey Finds That Tech Hiring Is Getting Tougher in 2014


A new survey found that tech hiring isn’t getting any easier, and in fact, may get even harder this year. surveyed hiring managers and recruiting professionals to find 73 percent of them report their companies plan to do more hiring of tech workers in the next several months. Nearly a quarter of all the survey respondents told Dice their tech hiring would be “substantial.”

Lured by more pay, the number of professionals switching jobs is growing.

More than 40 percent of the survey respondents said they’ve lost tech staff in the last six months. That compares to just over 30 percent who said that in the spring survey. The No. 1 reason for the job changes: pay, reported three-quarters of the survey participants. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

CareerBuilder’s 2014 Hiring Forecast: Expecting More Headcount – Maybe


Influenced by the budget uncertainty in Washington, HR professionals and hiring managers in CareerBuilder’s Annual Job Forecast said they expected to increase headcount in 2014, but the numbers and the rate of hire would depend on Congressional action about the debt ceiling.

The budget bill President Obama signed in late December resolved only part of the national fiscal uncertainty. The debt ceiling, which is due to come in February, is a different matter. Both parties have so far signaled their intention not to compromise on raising the federal borrowing limit. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Manufacturers Say They Will be Hiring in 2014 — If They Can Find Workers

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Already enjoying a strong year of sales and increased attention from the investment community, manufacturers are predicting they’ll add staff next year at a rate faster the service sector.

Instead of cutting production workers and outsourcing overseas, manufacturers are bringing more work back onshore, necessitating the hiring of workers. The Institute for Supply Management survey of its manufacturing members found they expect to increase staffing by an average of 2.4 percent next year. Revenues are projected to rise by an average of 4.6 percent.

The survey found 44 percent of manufacturing ISM members see better conditions ahead. The Federal Reserve’s most recent Beige Book report echoes that finding. “Manufacturers in many Districts expressed optimism about near-term growth prospects,” the Fed says in the report on current economic conditions. Read more…