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More than half of small and medium-size firms to hire, Lucas Group reports

June 11, 2015

More than half of small to mid-sized businesses plan to hire amid persistent concerns regarding healthcare costs, talent availability and rising competitive worries, according to the SMB Job Generation Outlook survey released today by executive search firm Lucas Group.The survey found 43% of smal...


Where do people love their jobs? Study uses tweets to find out

June 11, 2015

Those who love their job enough to tweet about it in the US live in the Western half of the country, according to new research released by Monster (NYSE: MWW) and social intelligence company Brandwatch. The social media study of more than 1.1 million tweets in the US analyzed who, what, when, whe...


Jobless claims average rises, total claims remain at 15-year low

June 11, 2015

The US four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 3,750 last week to a total of 278,750 from the previous week’s upwardly revised average, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the US Department of Labor.The four-week moving average decrease...


Smartphones are top drain on workplace productivity

June 11, 2015

Smartphones, the Internet and chatty co-workers rank as top productivity killers that get in the way of actual work, according to a survey released today by CareerBuilder. And 45% of survey respondent said the distractions lead to compromised quality of work.“Between the Internet, cell phones and...


There is a disconnect between staffing firms’ marketing efforts and buyers wants

June 11, 2015

Staffing firms are not marketing what their customers are buying: worker quality. Subadhra Sriram, editor and publisher, media products, at Staffing Industry Analysts discusses a recent Staffing Industry Analysts’ buyer survey in a new SIA Track blog post in The Staffing Stream.The Staffing Strea...


Volt net revenue falls 12% in fiscal Q2

June 10, 2015

Volt Information Sciences Inc. (NYSE MKT: VISI) reported net revenue fell 11.7% to $385.2 million in its fiscal second quarter ended May 3. Staffing services represent a majority of Volt’s revenue at $362.3 million; staffing services revenue fell 10.9% compared to the same quarter last year.The c...


Hiring in Mexico to remain stable in Q3, ManpowerGroup says

June 10, 2015

Mexico’s employers report relatively stable hiring plans for the third quarter, according to a survey by ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN). The survey found 14% of employers in Mexico plan to increase staff in the third quarter, 3% plan to make reductions and 81% expect no change, yielding a net emp...


General Employment adds former FDIC chairman to board

June 10, 2015

General Employment Enterprises Inc. (NYSE MKT: JOB), an Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based staffing firm, added William “Bill” Isaac to its board of directors as an outside independent director, effective immediately. A former chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Isaac headed the FDIC...


CEO survey finds lower GDP estimate, hiring plans decline

June 10, 2015

CEOs now expect 2015 US gross domestic product growth of 2.5%, down from last quarter’s estimate of 2.8%, according to the Business Roundtable’s second-quarter 2015 CEO Economic Outlook Survey. CEOs said they expect sales, investment and hiring to decrease in the next six months.The survey found...


Majority of CFOs don’t try counteroffers to keep employees, Robert Half says

June 10, 2015

Although employee retention concerns continue to mount, a new survey suggests counteroffers aren’t the answer when it comes to keeping the best and brightest. In a survey by Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI), 78% of chief financial officers said they don’t extend counteroffers to keep em...