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People - Westaff, Heidrick

June 5, 2008

Westaff Inc. (NASD: WSTF) named Mark Bierman as senior VP and chief information officer. Bierman comes to Westaff from Comsys IT Partners Inc. (NASD: CITP). Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. (NASD: HSII) named S. John Kim and Daniel Edwards as co-heads of its global financial services pract...


Monster employment index drops eight points

June 5, 2008

The Monster Worldwide Inc. (NASD: MNST) employment index fell eight points in May to a reading of 166, ending a three-month trend of increases. The index was down 23 points from its year-ago reading of 189. "After three months of steady growth, the decline in the Monster employment index in May s...


Honors and awards

June 5, 2008

Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) was named on the Ethisphere Institute's 2008 list of the world's most ethical companies. A total of 93 companies made the list, including Accenture Ltd., Google and Fluor Corp., according Ethisphere's Web site. Ethisphere is dedicated to the research, creation, and shari...


Jobless claims fall by 18,000

June 5, 2008

In the week ended May 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 357,000, a decrease of 18,000, or 5.0%, from the previous week's revised figure of 375,000. The four-week moving average was 368,500, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average o...


Staffing firm now Olympia Flexgroup

June 5, 2008

European staffing firm Allbecon Olympia AG will change its name to Olympia Flexgroup, the company announced this week. The name change will take effect immediately, CEO Marcel Slaghekke said. Shareholders approved the name during the company's annual meeting on June 2.


ADP report says U.S. added 40,000 jobs

June 4, 2008

The United States added 40,000 private-sector nonfarm jobs in May, on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the national employment report released today by Automatic Data Processing Inc. (NYSE: ADP). The report also revised upward its count of jobs gained in April to 13,000 from 10,000. Empl...


Volt staffing sales rise, operating profit falls

June 4, 2008

Staffing sales at Volt Information Sciences Inc. (NYSE: VOL) rose 4.6% year-over-year in the company's fiscal second quarter ended April 27, while operating profit in staffing fell 55.1%. Volt posted second-quarter staffing revenue of $505.7 million, up from $483.3 million in the same period in t...


Service sector expansion moderates

June 4, 2008

The U.S. service sector expanded in May, but at a slightly slower pace than in April, according to the Institute for Supply Management's nonmanufacturing index released today. The index slipped to 51.7 from 52.0 in April. Index readings above 50 indicate growth. Employment in the service sector,...


Police arrest three at staffing firm

June 4, 2008

Japanese police arrested three internal employees of Japanese staffing firm Goodwill Inc., a subsidiary of the Tokyo-based Goodwill Group Inc., the company announced Tuesday. The Japan Times reported that one of those arrested was Taisuke Uemura, chief of Goodwill's business planning division. Go...


Office openings - Futurestep, Judge Group

June 3, 2008

Futurestep, a division of Korn/Ferry International Inc. (NYSE: KFY), announced the opening of a global recruitment research center in Shanghai, China. The center will provide research, screening and other services for the company's recruitment process outsourcing clients in the Asia Pacific regio...