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CFOs also account for 'soft skills'

December 18, 2007

More than half of chief financial officers, 53%, would hire someone with fewer technical skills if the person had a stronger "soft skills" such as communication or interpersonal abilities, according to a survey by Robert Half Management Resources, a division of Robert Half International (NYSE: RH...


Labor Ready shifts to TrueBlue today

December 18, 2007

Labor Ready Inc. — the 14th-largest staffing firm according to Staffing Industry Analysts — officially changes its name today to TrueBlue Inc. (NYSE: TBI). The company first announced the new moniker on Nov. 15. "Each of our brands, Labor Ready, Spartan Staffing, CLP Resources, and PlaneTechs, w...


TSR announces stock repurchase program

December 18, 2007

TSR Inc. (NASD: TSRI), a Hauppauge NY-based information technology staffing firm, on Monday said its board approved the repurchase of up to 300,000 shares. There's no time limit on the repurchase. The company said it has 4.5 million shares outstanding.


Research from Staffing Industry Analysts

December 17, 2007

Here is a list of research reports released last week by Staffing Industry Analysts. INSIGHT - Dental staffing update The United States is projected to add 82,000 jobs for dental assistants in the decade between 2006 and 2016, a 29.2% increase. Meanwhile, jobs for dental hygienists are expected...


People - CIBER, AMN

December 17, 2007

CIBER Inc. (NYSE: CBR) named Stephen Kurtz to its board of directors. Kurtz is a co-managing member of Mankwitz Kurtz Investments LLC, a Denver-based private equity firm. Susan Nowakowski, president and CEO of AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE: AHS), has been elected to the board of Beckman Cou...


Vedior responds to investors association

December 17, 2007

Vedior NV responded to concerns from the Dutch Investors' Association (VEB) in a letter posted on its Web site Friday. Reuters had reported that the group, VEB, said it might sue the staffing firm for shareholder losses because it didn't respond adequately to rumors of a takeover offer. Vedior s...


Expansions - Aerotek, CSI Companies

December 17, 2007

Aerotek Inc. opened its first Arkansas office in Lowell AR. The office places personnel in accounting and finance, call center, and corporate professional positions. It also provides technical and commercial staffing. The CSI Companies, a Jacksonville FL-based staffing firm, announced the openin...


Real average weekly earnings fall 0.4%

December 14, 2007

Real average weekly earnings fell 0.4% in November from October, according to preliminary, seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Earnings were hit by a 0.9% increase in the consumer price index for urban wager earners and clerical workers despite a 0.5% i...


Succession planning cited as biggest challenge

December 14, 2007

Three out of four C-level executives said succession planning was the most significant challenge for the future, according to a study released by the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation. Next was "providing leaders with the skills they need to be successful," at 71%. "Recruiting and...


Economic gauge slips lower

December 14, 2007

The growth rate for the Economic Cycle Research Institute's forward-looking gauge of the U.S. economy for the week ended Dec. 7 contracted 3.8%. ECRI's weekly leading index level fell to 138.0 from 138.2 in the prior period. The growth rate and level can move in opposite directions because the i...