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CWS 30 - 2.1 (Jan 2010)

Contingent Workforce Strategies 30, January 6, 2010 Reminder: CW Risk Forum
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Feature Story

Pay Smart and Prosper
How innovative practices can help your business in the new economy
By Leslie Stevens-Huffman

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If adversity is the catalyst for new best practices, then companies should have exited 2009 with an abundance of innovative ideas for managing contingent pay. Some companies learned valuable lessons when calculating pay decreases for contingents amid a declining labor market; others became a little wiser after Microsoft ordered its staffing vendors to cut wages across the board from watching disgruntled IT contractors post their displeasure on the Internet.

"One of the things we learned is that a slash-and-burn approach to pay management has unintended consequences," said Jay Lash, executive director of consulting for Allegis Group Services. "Companies that universally lowered contingent pay by 15 percent experienced attitude and morale problems and some highly skilled IT contractors defected to independent consulting firms, which nearly derailed critical projects." ...

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In the Spotlight

To inaugurate the New Year, we are re-running one of our most popular interviews.

"Don't Give Up"
A Qualcomm contingent workforce manager on establishing a successful program

Photo of Ed HidalgoFor our inaugural issue CWS 30 spoke with Ed Hidalgo, senior director of staffing at Qualcomm, a wireless telecommunications research ...

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Median Pay/Bill Rates, CSRs

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Behind the News

Define Your CW Strategy Now
When will the economy rebound? According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, it already has. The United States had a 2.8 percent GDP growth in the third quarter of 2009, according to the Bureau. Further, the United States added 52,000 temp jobs in November, the fourth month in a row of temp job gains. ...

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Because You Asked

How can I convince my engineering group that their CW needs are not that special?
--Frustrated in Fargo, N.D.

Dear Frustrated,
Getting contingent workers into their group is intensely personal for some managers. It's not like they are buying pens or paper. ...

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Keys to CW Success

Staffing Industry Analysts' Products and Services

Webinar, Jan 28: Contingent Work Legal, Legislative and Regulatory Update

The legal environment for contingent work is changing rapidly. From court rulings to new legislation to changes in regulations, the flow of new information to keep up with can be daunting. And just ignoring those changes can be costly to you and your contingent workforce program if you aren't prepared. This information packed webinar will help you sift through the merely interesting developments to find those that are truly important. Attendees will get a concise update on the most critical changes that will affect contingent work at the local, state and national level. All of it brought to you by the employment law experts at Littler Mendelson, the nations leading law firm focused on providing employment law counsel to corporations.

Date & Time: Thursday January 28, 2010, 10 am PT/1 pm ET, One hour
Speaker: Neil Alexander, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson
Sponsor: Tapfin
Cost: Complimentary

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CONTINGENT WORKFORCE STRATEGIES 30 is published monthly by Staffing Industry Analysts and is delivered to buyers of staffing services. For change of email address write to or call 1-800-950-9496.

To contact the editor, please e-mail Subadhra Sriram or call 650.232.2395.

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