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SMCI acquiring IT staffing provider

August 31, 2010

Software Management Consultants Inc. announced it is acquiring Partners in Business Systems Inc., a Danville CA-based firm that provides IT staffing, to expand its presence in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Partners in Business Systems will become a division of SMCI effective Sept. 1. Terms of the transaction...

Consumer confidence rises in August

August 31, 2010

The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose in August to a reading of 53.5 from 51.0 in July (1985=100).

Bloomberg reported the reading was higher than expected with economists having forecast a reading of 50.7. Reuters reported the median forecast of analysts it polled was 50.5.


People: Pinnacle, ECCO Select

August 31, 2010

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named staffing executives as its chair and vice chair.

Pinnacle Technical Resources CEO Nina Vaca was named as the organization's chair. ECCO Select Corp. President Jeanette Prenger will serve as vice chair.

The two will assume the roles at the organization's...

Heidrick general counsel to leave

August 30, 2010

Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. (NASD: HSII) announced its general counsel, K. Steven Blake, will leave effective Tuesday to pursue other opportunities.

Blake joined the Chicago-based executive search firm in 2005 after serving as general counsel for Aquion Partners LP.

Stephen Beard, deputy...

Office openings: Think, Frontline, U.S. Legal

August 30, 2010

Think Resources, an engineering and technical staffing division of Randstad Holding NV, announced the openings of new offices in Houston, Woburn MA and El Segundo CA. Matt Brooks will serve as branch manager of the Houston office while Dick McLaughlin will be branch manager for the Woburn location...

Anti-staffing memo fight sees some success

August 30, 2010

Opponents of a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services memorandum that appeared to attack the staffing industry's use of H-1B visas -- particularly by IT staffing firms -- scored a partial legal victory.

The TechServe Alliance, American Staffing Association and three firms that provide H-1B visa...

Compensation analysis now available online

August 30, 2010

An analysis of executive compensation at 26 publicly traded staffing firms is now available to corporate members of Staffing Industry Analysts. Other new research available includes a growth update on finance/accounting staffing.

INSIGHT - 2010 staffing executive compensation analysis
*Total compensation...

Contract watch: MDI

August 27, 2010

MDI, a Ponte Vedra FL-based firm that provides healthcare staffing, announced it received a five-year General Services Administration Schedule 621 I contract through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs National Acquisition Center.

GSA schedules are contracts with firms to provide products or services...

Reports: Mercedes plant to hire up to 500 temps

August 27, 2010

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance AL announced it will hire as many as 500 temporary workers during the opening of a $290 million expansion at its facility, according to news reports.

For the Tuscaloosa News report, click here. For The Birmingham News blog, click here.

Second-quarter real GDP grew only 1.6%

August 27, 2010

The U.S. Department of Commerce revised down its growth estimate for real gross domestic product in the second quarter.

Real GDP grew at an annual rate of 1.6% in the second quarter amid an increase in imports and a decrease in private inventory investment, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's...