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US non-manufacturing economic index shows acceleration in February

March 4, 2015

Economic activity in the US non-manufacturing sector expanded at a slightly faster pace in February while employment growth accelerated, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index released today.ISM’s non-manufacturing index edged up in February to a reading of 56....


Online job ad numbers off to strong start in 2015

March 4, 2015

US online job ads rose by 184,149 in February to a total of more than 5.45 million, according to The Conference Board’s report on online jobs ads released today. The increase follows a gain of 150,414 job ads in January.“Online labor demand has shown a very strong start in 2015, with demand incre...


Impellam full-year revenue rises 10%

March 3, 2015

Impellam Group plc, one of the world’s largest staffing firms, reported revenue rose 9.7% in full-year 2014 to £1.32 billion (US$2.06 billion).In North America, managed services revenue rose by 13.6% in constant currency to £95.3 million (US$148.0 million) in 2014, but specialist staffing fell by...


CEO estimate of GDP rises, hiring plans edge up

March 3, 2015

CEOs expect 2015 gross domestic product growth of 2.8%, up from last quarter’s estimate of 2.4%, according to the Business Roundtable’s first-quarter 2015 CEO Economic Outlook Survey. Plans for capital expenditures, hiring and sales all increased relative to the previous quarter, with hiring plan...


Recent weather impacted almost 80% of workers, Kelly survey finds

March 3, 2015

Nearly eight of 10 workers, 79%, have been impacted by the country’s recent weather conditions according to a recently released survey by Kelly Services Inc. (NASD: KELYA).The survey found 31% of workers partly or completely missing work due to the weather. On average, among those who missed work...


Lack of diversity, inclusion is factor in employee turnover

March 3, 2015

A survey of executives by Korn/Ferry International Inc. (NYSE: KFY) found that although most respondents said their organizations have diversity and inclusion programs in place, they also reported a lack of attention on diversity and inclusion contributes to employee turnover.Of executives survey...


Thinking of work differently – Jacob Morgan in Staffing Industry Review

March 3, 2015

Work hasn’t really changed in the last 100 years, but the future of work is about looking at all those old practices, understanding new technology and thinking about how we can do things differently, says Jacob Morgan, author of, “The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and...


Alberta law allows recruiters to bill foreign workers — staffing quote of the week

March 3, 2015

“It’s not a way to treat a foreigner who is alone in this country,” CBC News quoted Eduardo Paz as saying in a story about a loophole that allows recruiters to bill temporary foreign workers thousands of dollars. Paz signed a $2,500 retainer agreement with his Edmonton-based recruitment agency.


BG Staffing reports Q4 revenue down 2%

March 2, 2015

BG Staffing Inc. (NYSE MKT: BGSF) reported revenue fell 2.0% year over year in the fourth quarter to $42.9 million, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. However fourth-quarter gross margin improved at the Plano, Texas-based staffing provider.The company provides s...


More insurance firms plan to use temps in 2015

March 2, 2015

More insurance companies plan to use temporary staff in 2015, according to the semi-annual US Insurance Labor Outlook Study conducted by The Jacobson Group and Ward Group.The survey found 10% of insurance companies plan to increase their use of temporary staffing in 2015, up from 8% reporting in...