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December 25, 1992|By Kim Clark

Market for managers begins to thaw

The job market for managers and professionals in Maryland is heating up.

A survey by Management Recruiters, a Cleveland-based headhunting firm, found that nearly half of the 60 Maryland companies surveyed reported plans to add middle-level managers in the first six months of 1993.

That means Maryland has one of the best outlooks in the nation. About one-third of employers across the country said they would be adding professionals.

One out of eight local companies said it planned to cut staff, a slightly lower percentage than the rest of the nation.

The survey found that New England, which suffered the most in the recent recession, also reported good job prospects.

Those leading the hiring list nationwide were pharmaceutical and environmental services companies.

Staying in school pay off later

Kids: Even if you don't think you're very smart, stay in school and study hard.

A new report by the Economic Policy Institute says that $l youngsters with high IQs don't necessarily end up with good, high-paying jobs. There's a stronger link between schooling and earnings.

The Washington-based think tank says studies show that a high native intelligence accounts for about 10 percent of a person's improved earnings.

But every additional year of school over the normal high school education raises wages by 5 percent to 7 percent.

That doesn't mean you should just coast through school, though. It turns out that youngsters who actually learn a lot in school do best.

Students who score well on tests of educational achievement earn $6 for every $5 that average-scoring youngsters earn.

Santa has company working on Christmas

If you are reading this at work, you have plenty of company.

Although it's tough to find statistics on just how many people work on holidays like Christmas, a random survey of Maryland employers indicates the number is surprisingly high.

Most manufacturers, banks, business service companies and government offices are closed. But many stores, restaurants, theaters, medical services and security companies actually add staff on holidays.

If you're off today, you are probably getting a four-day weekend. More than half of the large employers surveyed by the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) said they had given workers yesterday off as well.

But for those who work, today is likely to be treated as just a regular workday.

Because of the recession, employers are cutting back on holiday perks. For example, fewer companies than ever -- only about 37 percent, down from last year's 43 percent -- are giving holiday bonuses this year, the BNA found.

At best, many holiday workers say they'll just exchange gifts with co-workers, and then return home for a family celebration.

Christopher DeFord, a box office worker at the Movies at Harbor Park, says the theater increases staffing each Christmas Day, one of the busiest days of the year.

Mr. DeFord said he doesn't really mind working Christmas, even though the day isn't treated specially at work, because in return he gets to take off New Year's Eve and Day, which are his favorite holidays.

Likewise, security services are working more of their employee today than any other day because so many of their customers are closed and need extra coverage, says Burns International Security Services.

Purdie McCormick, a Burns security officer at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. plant at Sparrows Point, says he'll trade gifts today with co-workers and then hurry home to a family dinner.

The 43-year-old Dundalk man, who became a security guard thi fall after having been laid off by a welding shop, said this is the first year he's had to work on a holiday, but he doesn't mind.

"I just thank God I have a job," he said.

Layoffs are lower,but use of temps is up

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First, the good news: Fewer companies had layoffs in 1992.

Now the not-so-good news: That doesn't mean there are going to be more permanent jobs out there.

The Wyatt Co., a management consulting firm, surveyed 2,400 companies and found that 27 percent had layoffs in 1992, down slightly from 29 percent in 1991.

But more than one-fifth of the companies are filling openings with temporaries only. And one in 11 has frozen salaries.

Fast-paced workplace speeds up productivity

Those quiet offices where everyone seems intent on their work may not be as productive as you think.

A survey by the Gallup Organization found that more than half of workers surveyed think they are most productive in a fast-paced and slightly noisy workplace.

Women's group tells Denver to take a hike

The Coalition of Labor Union Women has moved its 1993 convention from Denver as a protest against Colorado's passage of a referendum that overturned laws banning discrimination against homosexuals.

The coalition, which represents women in unions in the Unite States and abroad, hasn't chosen a new site for the convention )) yet.

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