If there is ever a good time to be looking for work, now is the time, and NYC is the place. The Big Apple is creating jobs faster than almost anywhere else in the U.S. While throughout the country, the unemployment rate has dropped to near all-time lows, New York City’s rates are most impressive. This is at large, thanks to the many startups that call NYC their home. As reported by the NY Post, there are currently 7,000 new startups in NYC, as well as some of the largest finance, fashion, entertainment and technology employers in the world. Add the many tourists who eat, sleep and shop here, to complete the picture of the truly diverse and impressive workforce needed to facilitate the everyday hustle and bustle of NYC. As the country’s largest city, it has a budget of over $89 billion, a lot of which will be paid out by the city, which is one of the weightiest employers.
“Overall, job growth in New York City is tremendous,” says Raleen Gagnon, managing director of global market intelligence at ManpowerGroup Solutions, one of the biggest recruitment companies on the globe. This translates in employers completing for qualified candidates by offering perks, as well as monetary incentives. “It could also be a flexible schedule or the number of days off. There are lots of ways to negotiate,” says Gagnon. “We’re increasingly watching our clients step up their games and make stronger offers,” says Jonathan Silverman, a recruiter at Atlas Search in Manhattan’s Midtown.
As per the Post, based on data from job sites including Indeed, Conference Board, LinkedIn, ManpowerGroup, the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Tech:NYC, there are certain industries that are considered the hottest. Professionals in the following industries have the most leverage, as companies need to compete for their talent. Accounting and finance in NYC is growing at as much as 83 percent, as per ManpowerGroup. There is a high demand for auditors, certified public accountants and tax accountants. “This is unlike any market we’ve ever seen,” says Silverman.
While Silicon Valley has the reputation for housing the most high tech jobs, NY is generating these jobs at a faster pace. Data scientists, blockchain developers, machine learning specialists and software developers are in high demand in NYC. Over 326,000 jobs have been created by NY’s technology ecosystem, according to Julie Samuels, executive director of Tech:NYC. Amazon and Google are expanding their NYC footprint creating some 31,000 brand new jobs. Later in the year, when Amazon opens its Long Island City location, it will also recruit an additional 25,000 employees in various positions over the next few years.
A growing number of small businesses, restaurants, and web services are in search of delivery people. Companies are scrambling to hire people to move goods door to door and to and from the city.
Also, there is also a growing need for blue-collar workers. Home health aides, nursing assistants, building maintenance, HVAC workers, construction workers, day laborers, and gardeners are all in short supply. Restaurants are looking to hire waitresses, dishwashers and cooks. The increase in available jobs in these categories maybe in part because more younger people who traditionally took these jobs are now going to college, and the baby boomers who have been doing these jobs are now retiring.
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