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People - Korn/Ferry, CHG, Judge Group

January 28, 2008

Korn/Ferry International Inc. (NYSE: KFY) named Mike Franzino as global markets managing director, financial markets. Franzino, who joined Korn/Ferry in 2007 from Heidrick & Struggles (NASD: HSII), will be based in New York. Rob Grandy, who held the global markets managing director position prio...


QRI buys Loflin Group

January 28, 2008

Qualified Resources International, of Cranston RI, acquired the Loflin Group, an East Providence RI financial and accounting staffing firm. Terms of the deal were not announced. The Loflin Group will continue to operate under the Loflin name as a division of QRI and it is now based in Cranston. I...


Firm changes name to Advancement LLC

January 28, 2008

Advancement LLC is the new name for Contract Professionals of Ohio, a Solon OH technical staffing firm. The company said it began in 1971 as Advancement LLC but changed its name in 2000 after it merged with Contract Professionals Inc. of Waterford MI. President and CEO Arthur Healan acquired the...


Nurse shortage - AMN tracks candidates' plans

January 25, 2008

Plans put forward by the leading 2008 presidential candidates to enhance access to healthcare will prove impractical without more physicians and nurses, according to a new report by AMN Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: AMN). The report reviews the healthcare reform proposals of seven leading presidential...


What's in a name?

January 25, 2008

"In the course of my job, I sometimes have to call staffing firms to interview them. During the conversation, I refer to them as a staffing firm and a very common response is; oh, we are not a staffing firm! When I then ask, but don't you lease your employees on a project or contract basis to cli...


Contract watch - Spherion, Zycron

January 25, 2008

Spherion Corp. (NYSE: SFN) said United Airlines renewed its contract with the company's recruitment process outsourcing division through 2010. The deal calls for Spherion to support more than 4,000 of the airline's hires per year, including flight attendants, ground crew, customer service, and re...


'Temporary Jobs Guidebook' is now available

January 25, 2008

Want to know the fastest-growing occupations? How about the easiest placement opportunities? The Special Report "Temporary Jobs Guidebook - Niche Market Opportunities for Staffing Firms" is now available. The report analyzes fastest-growing occupations, least competitive targets, easiest placemen...


Economic gauge shows growth down

January 25, 2008

The growth rate for the Economic Cycle Research Institute's forward-looking gauge of the U.S. economy for the week ended Jan. 18 contracted 6.0%. ECRI's weekly leading index level fell to135.8 from 137.4 in the prior period. The index level measures weekly changes while the growth rate is derive...


ECG deal moving ahead - contracts not included

January 25, 2008

The MPS Group Inc.'s (NYSE: MPS) acquisition of Ensemble Chimes Global assets is moving forward. Doug Leeby, senior VP of MPS' Beeline, said the assets of ECG were purchased but not the customer contracts. The idea is to keep ECG's VMS operational and give clients some breathing room, Leeby said....


Unemployment claims fall by 1,000

January 24, 2008

In the week ended Jan. 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 301,000, a decrease of 1,000, or 0.3%, from the previous week's revised figure of 302,000. The four-week moving average was 314,750, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week's revised average...