This survey is designed to capture the views and values of employers doing business in Hillsborough County. In order to grow a regionally strong workforce in our communities, we need to further understand the needs and perspectives of employers.

The survey is divided into the following sections: 
1. General Employee Information
2. Hiring Information
3. Current Employer/Training Information

Most questions provide several choices to move through quickly by clicking your selection. We appreciate your thoughtful attention and responses. This survey should take about 15-30 minutes to complete. 

Aggregated results of the survey will be available after analysis on the CareerSource Tampa Bay website (www.careersourcetampabay.com).

Data collected will assist CareerSource Tampa Bay in developing and enhancing its program and services. Individual responses will be completely anonymous. Your input is valuable to our region. This survey will be available from June 5th to August 5th.
General Employer Information

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1. What industry sector does your organization most resemble?

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2. How many employees does your organization have?

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3. Percentage of type of employee: (Full-time: 32 hours or more per week. Part-time: Less than 32 hours per week. Seasonal: Employee that does not work year-round). Total must equal 100%.

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4. How many years has your company been in business in Hillsborough County?

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5. Top reasons your company is located in Hillsborough County? (Select top 3)

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6. Which of the following benefits do you offer? (Select all that apply)

Hiring Information

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7. Are you currently hiring?

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8. Over the past 12 months, has your organization had difficulty hiring qualified applicants?

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9. How much do you spend annually on hiring per employee? (Include costs associated with advertising open positions, training, and on-boarding)

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10. Which educational attainments, degrees or certificates are needed by your organization? (Check all that apply)

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11. What resources has your organization used to hire new employees? (Select top 3)

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12. Reasons for difficulty in hiring by job level? (Select top 3 for each job level)

  Entry Mid-Level Senior
Employability
Low Number of Applicants
Work Experience
Technical Skills
Soft Skills
Education
Pay/Compensation
Commuting Distance
Criminal Records
Drug Screening
Language Barrier
No difficulties hiring
Other

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13. Which skills are lacking in potential employees? (Include both soft skills and hard skills if applicable)

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14. How much difficulty, if any, has your organization experienced in finding qualified applicants at the following educational levels or with credentials required by your organization?

  No Difficulty Some Difficulty Considerable Difficulty Not Applicable
High school or GED
Some College
Associate’s degree
Bachelor’s degree
Advanced Degree
Credentials

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15. Which activity is the most expensive for your organization?

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16. When recruiting, do you prioritize graduates of local schools?

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17. If yes, which schools?

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18. What is the average turnover percentage for your company?

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19. Reasons for turnover? (Select all that apply)

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20. How has your organization responded to hiring difficulties? (Select Top 3)

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21. How would you rate the “overall workforce readiness” of the job applicants your organization has interviewed in the past 12 months for entry level positions?

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22. How would you rate the “overall workforce readiness” of the job applicants your organization has interviewed in the past 12 months for mid-level positions?

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23. How would you rate the “overall workforce readiness” of the job applicants your organization has interviewed in the past 12 months for senior level positions?

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24. Over the past 12 months, has your company left any job(s) unfilled due to underqualified applicants?

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25. If yes, what positions and how many of each?

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26. How would you compare the current hiring experiences to the previous year?

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27. Do you expect to be able to fill your vacancies 5 years out?

Current Employer/Training Information

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28. Which certifications are required to earn a higher rate of pay?

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29. Are there any certificates or degrees you need for your employees that are not available locally?

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30. A year from now, do you expect an increase, decrease or no change in the number of employees at your organization by full-time and part-time employees?

  Full-time Employess Part-time Employees
Increase
Decrease
Stay the Same

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31. Level of work experience, in years, required for your positions by entry, intermediate, senior.

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32. What resources are used by your organization to meet training needs? (Check all that apply)

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33. How much concern, if any, does your organization have with each of the following workforce issues?

  A lot Some None Don't know
Aging workforce
Work ethic/work habits
Childcare for employees
Automation/robotics
Emerging technologies
Regulatory costs of doing business
Lack of qualified applicants in the area
Training of employees
Employee retention
Transportation for employees
Substance abuse
Cost of labor
Mental health
Cost of health insurance
Other

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34. What is your biggest workforce challenge?

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35. In which of the following areas, if any, does your organization need assistance? (Check all that apply)

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36. How does your organization try to retain its employees? (Check all that apply)

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37. What is the average number of hours per employee used for professional development during an average year?

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38. Have you used workforce development services available through CSTB such as Job Postings, Local Incumbent Worker Training, Apprenticeship, Summer Job Connection, Paid Work Experience or On-the-Job Training?

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39. If you haven’t used workforce development services, why not?

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40. Would you like information on how CSTB can help you?

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41. If yes, please list contact information below.

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