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Consumer confidence pulls back in January, but remains at pre-recession levels

February 24, 2015

The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index for the US, which in January increased to the highest level since 2007, fell in February to a reading of 96.4 (1985=100) from 103.8 in the previous month.“After a large gain in January, consumer confidence retreated in February, but still remains a...


Skills gap: Is it real, and who is responsible? — staffing quote of the week

February 24, 2015

"It requires attention. It requires investment, all those types of things. There’s a solution to the skills gap,” U.S. News & World Report quoted Jeff Owens, president of Advanced Technology Services, in a story about the skills gap.


Feds reject health plans without hospitalization as ‘minimum value’ under ACA — Web

February 23, 2015

Kaiser Health News reported the US Department of Health and Human Services late Friday formally ruled health plans lacking substantial coverage of hospital and physician services do not qualify as “minimum value” when calculating penalties under the Affordable Care Act.Such plans, however, will s...


Ontario positioned as a growth leader for Canada, outlook finds

February 23, 2015

The sudden collapse in oil prices has significantly altered the economic landscape in Canada and around the world according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Provincial Outlook: Winter 2015. While some provinces will be negatively impacted, Ontario joins Manitoba and British Columbia as economi...


Potential suitor increases stake in CTPartners Executive Search

February 23, 2015

DHR International Inc., a Chicago-based executive search firm, increased its stake in CTPartners Executive Search Inc. (NYSE MKT: CTP) to more than 5% stake in CTPartners Executive Search Inc. (NYSE MKT: CTP), making it CTPartners’ fourth- largest shareholder, DHR announced today. It plans to rep...


Executive search firm Egon Zehnder reports revenue up 9% in 2014

February 23, 2015

Egon Zehnder International, a privately held executive search firm, reported revenue rose 8.8% in 2014 to $692.1 million.The US is the fastest-paced growth market with continued double-digit growth. Significant gains were also recorded in mature markets across Europe — namely the UK, Germany, Ita...


Randstad releases US workers confidence indexes

February 23, 2015

Confidence levels among US manufacturing and logistics workers rose to an all-time high in the fourth quarter, while office and administrative worker confidence also increased in the quarter, according to Randstad. Manufacturing and logistics employee confidenceThe Randstad manufacturing and logi...


What if you’re not a ‘Best Place to Work?’ — Staffing Stream

February 23, 2015

Are you frustrated by trying to get your finance people or other senior executives to understand the value of measuring and building employee engagement? If so, you are not alone, writes Kevin Sheridan in The Staffing Stream. Sheridan, an author, speaker and consultant, lists the business and fin...


AMN revenue rises 12%; nurse and allied staffing revenue up 17%

February 20, 2015

AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE: AHS), the largest US healthcare staffing firm, reported fourth-quarter revenue rose 12.5%. And fourth-quarter nurse and allied staffing revenue rose 16.7%.The company in January completed its acquisition of Onward Healthcare, Locum Leaders and VMS provider Mede...


Healthcare jobs grew faster in ACA expansion states, Fitch says

February 20, 2015

Fitch Ratings, a credit rating agency, reported states that expanded health insurance access under the Affordable Care Act have seen substantially faster growth in healthcare jobs than those that did not since the first expansions began last January. The gains in healthcare jobs suggest ACA expan...