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Confidence falls for IT workers but increases for engineering, healthcare workers

February 10, 2015

The Randstad Technologies Employee Confidence Index fell to a reading of 57.4 in the fourth quarter from a third-quarter reading of 61.7, the highest level ever recorded in the index’s nine-year history. The index measures workers’ confidence in their personal employment situation and optimism in...

Gallup CEO: Unemployment rate is “the big lie” — staffing quote of the week

February 10, 2015

“There's no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie,” Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton wrote in his blog.

VMS provider IQNavigator and Work Market form alliance

February 9, 2015

VMS provider IQNavigator and freelancer management system provider Work Market formed an alliance where IQNavigator’s customers have access to Work Market’s pool of freelancers.And while last year VMS provider Beeline acquired online staffing firm OnForce, the teaming up of VMS and freelancer man...

PEO AlphaStaff elects president and CEO

February 9, 2015

AlphaStaff, the sixth-largest PEO firm in the US, elected Kyle Kelly as president and CEO. Kelly also joins the firm’s board of directors.Kelly has been with Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based AlphaStaff for more than 15 years, including as president of AlphaStaff MGA, an AlphaStaff insurance brokerage...

Merit Resource Group appoints HR association exec as CEO

February 9, 2015

Merit Resource Group, a staffing and consulting firm targeting the human resources sector, hired Danika Davis as CEO, a newly created position within the company. Davis who starts the position today, will lead daily operations of the company as well as identify areas for business expansion.Davis...

US employment index signals strong job growth through mid-year

February 9, 2015

The Conference Board’s US employment trends index increased in January to a reading of 127.86, up from December’s downwardly revised reading of 127.17. The January reading is up 7.6% from the same month a year ago.“The employment trends index suggests that strong job growth is likely to continue...

Conference Board of Canada downgrades growth forecast

February 9, 2015

Canada’s economy is expected to grow by just 1.9% in 2015 as the collapse in oil prices takes its toll on business investment and corporate profits, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Outlook-Winter 2015. This rate of growth represents a substantial downgrade from the outlook...

Tech tools recruiters need to land the best candidates — Staffing Stream

February 9, 2015

With exceptional talent at a premium, shifting candidate motivations, diminished employee engagement and employees’ willingness to leave a job at any time for a better opportunity, recruiters need fast-paced, high-tech tools that can keep pace with the velocity of today’s hiring market writes Ted...

Staffing research analyst sought

February 9, 2015

Do you have a need to get to the bottom of things? Enjoy becoming an expert whose opinions are highly sought after? Want to work with sharp people from some of the world’s top schools?If so, we have a unique opportunity for an outstanding analyst and writer to step in and make an immediate impac...

Jobs data undergoes annual adjustment, temp data revised

February 6, 2015

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted its annual revision of data, which took affect with today’s release of monthly jobs numbers. Revised data shows the US lost 4,100 temp jobs in January from December, and the temp penetration rate — which had reached new highs for much of 2014 — fell to...