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US jobless claims average falls, total claims drops to 14-year low

January 29, 2015

The US four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance last week fell by 8,250 to a total of 298,500 from the previous week’s upwardly revised average of 306,750, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the US Department of Labor.The four-week moving avera...


Protecting your employment firm’s brand — Staffing Stream

January 29, 2015

A bad review or two on Glassdoor, which provides user-generated content rating employers, can have a dramatic negative impact on recruiting efforts, writes Brad Smith in The Staffing Stream. Smith, director of SEO and social media marketing for Haley Marketing Group, provides some tips for protec...


Mastech Q4 revenue edges up, net income falls

January 28, 2015

Pittsburgh-based IT staffing firm Mastech Holdings Inc. (NYSE MKT: MHH) reported fourth-quarter revenue edged up 0.2% year over year to $28.5 million.Demand for the company’s staffing services continues to be robust but supply-side pressures are impacting both attrition levels and consultant comp...


Report finds 59% of IT employers to add temp/contract workers

January 28, 2015

More than half of IT employers plan to add full-time, permanent staff this year and three-quarters will offer higher starting salaries, according to CareerBuilder’s new IT forecast. In addition, 59% of IT employers will add temporary or contract workers,.However, IT employers may run into challen...


Job board report finds it’s taking longer to fill jobs; lists most difficult to fill by city

January 28, 2015

New research by jobs website Indeed found it is taking slightly longer to fill jobs in the US and positions still empty after 30 days can take months to fill.Indeed found the percentage of jobs unfilled after 30 days rose to 57.0% in the three months ended October 2014 — up from 56.2% in the same...


Mid Tuesday is best for cold calls, study finds

January 28, 2015

Tuesdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is the optimal time for cold calling, giving recruiters a 30% higher chance of connecting with prospects than other common calling windows, according to a research from InsightSquared that studied more than 10,000 calls.The best time window for weekday cold cal...


Legal staffing firm founder dies

January 28, 2015

A founder and name partner of legal search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa, Martha Fay “Marty” Africa, died Jan. 22 after a protracted battle with cancer. Africa served as an active member of the firm, the ninth-largest US legal staffing firm, until shortly before her death. The firm is part of...


Survey finds 32% to hire commercial, light industrial in Q1

January 28, 2015

The commercial and light industrial sector will see the most hiring in the first quarter, according to Express Employment Professionals’ hiring trends survey released today. However, the survey also found 32% of respondents don’t plan to hire.“It’s an important reminder that many businesses still...


CDI Corp. names new CFO

January 27, 2015

CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) announced Michael Castleman will take over as CFO following the filing of the company’s SEC Form 10-K earnings report for 2014 in early March. He assumed day-to-day responsibilities for financial operations and management and will continue to lead corporate development...


ASA staffing index remains strong

January 27, 2015

The American Staffing Association’s index measuring employment in the US staffing industry rose 5.41% for the week of Jan. 12 to Jan. 18 compared with the same week last year. The index value rose to 96.18, a record high for week three.