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Canadian manufacturing PMI shows signs of stabilization

February 1, 2016

The Royal Bank of Canada’s Canadian manufacturing purchasing managers’ index rose to a reading of 49.3 in January, up from December's survey-record low of 47.5 but below the neutral 50.0 threshold for the sixth consecutive month.

“While Canadian business conditions continued to deteriorate in January,...


Q4 GDP growth slows, weakness in oil and gas

January 29, 2016

US real GDP ended 2015 on a weak note. It increased at an annual rate of 0.7% in the fourth quarter, down from 2.0% in the third quarter, according to an advance estimate from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis released today.

In a research report, TD economics Senior Economist James Marple said weakness...


QPS Employment Group promotes two to president

January 29, 2016

QPS Employment Group, a Wisconsin-based staffing firm, promoted Mark Immekus to president and chief sales officer and Dan McNulty to president and chief operating officer.

Immekus joined QPS in 1986 and previously held the title of executive VP and CSO. Immekus oversees the company’s sales force and...


VMS provider Fieldglass updates brand as SAP Fieldglass

January 29, 2016

Software giant SAP announced earlier this month a unified brand for its Fieldglass VMS, Ariba, hybris and SuccessFactors solutions and services.

The brands will be SAP Fieldglass, SAP Ariba, SAP Hybris and SAP SuccessFactors.

“We believe a unified SAP brand will offer clarity to our customers and ecosystem...


Proposal requires pay data disclosure

January 29, 2016

A proposal announced today by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requires employers with more than 100 employees, including federal contractors, to include pay data on their Employer Information Reports. The new data will assist the agency in identifying possible pay discrimination and assist...


Workers' confidence remains high: Randstad Index

January 29, 2016

The outlook among American workers as measured by Randstad’s US employee confidence index was little changed and remained high in the fourth quarter. The index edged down slightly to a reading of 61.6 in the fourth quarter from 61.8 in the third quarter, remaining near record high since the survey’s...


Highest starting salaries: Engineers with master’s degree begin at $73,871

January 29, 2016

Engineering majors are projected to post the highest starting salary, at $73,871, among master’s degree graduates of the class of 2016, according to salary survey data released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Computer science and business majors followed.

Last week, NACE projected...


People: TSR, JFC Staffing Companies and more

January 29, 2016

TSR Inc. (NASD: TSRI), a Hauppauge, NY-based supplier of IT staffing, appointed Brian J. Mangan to its board of directors, increased the board to six directors. Mangan retired in 2013 from the Disney/ABC Television Group after a 30-year career in various financial roles, his last position being senior...


Dice parent completes Slashdot Media sale

January 28, 2016

DHI Group Inc. (NYSE: DHX), the parent company of job board Dice, completed the sale of Slashdot Media to BIZX LLC.

Slashdot Media provides integrated media strategies to influence technology buyers. It includes the Slashdot and SourceForge businesses.

The transaction closed Jan. 27; financial terms were...


Staffing firm owner gets two years, must pay $493,000 in taxes

January 28, 2016

A Missouri staffing firm owner was sentenced to two years and three months in prison and ordered to pay $493,000 in restitution in federal court Tuesday, the US Department of Justice announced. The owner, Joseph Patrick Balano, earlier pleaded guilty on Aug. 3 to tax charges.

Balano, 54, owned Global...