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Randstad fund invests in European online freelancer platform

July 7, 2014

Randstad, the world’s second-largest staffing firm, is investing in Berlin-based twago, an online marketplace for freelance work, through the Randstad Innovation Fund. It is the second investment for the fund, which Randstad Holding nv launched in March.Twago, the largest pan-European online mark...


Employment trends index signals strong job growth

July 7, 2014

The Conference Board’s U.S. employment trends index increased in June to a reading of 119.62, up from May’s upwardly revised reading of 119.03. The June reading is up 6.3 percent from the same month a year ago.“The rapid increase in the Employment Trends Index in recent months suggests that stron...


Use the ACA to your advantage — The Staffing Stream

July 7, 2014

Now that they no longer have to prioritize healthcare benefits when job hunting, highly skilled workers are increasingly receptive to the idea of signing up for temporary work assignments, writes Mike McKerns in a new post in The Staffing Stream. McKerns, the founder/CEO of Mamu Media LLC, discus...


Web: Backlash stirs in US against foreign worker H-1B visas

July 7, 2014

The Associated Press reports there is growing pushback from Americans who argue the H-1B visa program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. employees — or keep them from getting hired in the first place. To read the story,...


US adds 10,100 temp jobs; penetration rate hits new high

July 3, 2014

The number of U.S. temporary help services jobs rose by 10,100 jobs in June for a total of almost 2.9 million jobs, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The temp penetration rate — the number of temp jobs as a percent of total employment...


Texas firm acquires CFO and CIO staffing provider

July 3, 2014

Texas-based executive recruitment firm HireBetter acquired bkoAustin, an Austin, Texas-based firm that provides chief financial officers and chief information officers on an interim or project basis.HireBetter, also headquartered in Austin, works almost exclusively with high-growth companies, wit...


Non-manufacturing activity sees slight deceleration over month

July 3, 2014

Economic activity in the U.S. non-manufacturing sector grew in June but at a slightly slower rate than May, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index released today.ISM’s non-manufacturing index edged down in June to a reading of 56.0 from May’s reading of 56.3. J...


Canadian manufacturing index hits six-month high

July 3, 2014

Canadian manufacturing business conditions expanded in June at the fastest pace since December 2013, according to the Royal Bank of Canada’s Canadian manufacturing purchasing managers’ index. June’s reading of 53.5 is up from May’s reading of 52.2 and was mainly driven by stronger rates of output...


US jobless claims average edges up by 500

July 3, 2014

The U.S. four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance edged up by 500 in the week ended July 3 to 315,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 314,500, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.The four-week moving avera...


People: Kelly Services, Heidrick, Supplemental Health Care, Swift and more

July 3, 2014

Here are recent promotions, new hires and other personnel announcements. Today’s listings include announcements from Kelly Services, Heidrick & Struggles, Supplemental Health Care, Swift, Schumacher Group, Vector Technical Resources and Employee Solutions.Kelly Services Inc. (NASD: KELYA) app...