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European Union makes deal for temp rights

June 10, 2008

The European Union reached an agreement today to grant temporary workers the same rights, such as pay and vacation, as regular workers, according to press reports. The deal also allows workers to opt out of a maximum 48-hour workweek. The International Herald Tribune said the deal ended a conflic...


Firm to buy stake in IQNavigator

June 10, 2008

Private equity firm GTCR Golder Rauner LLC struck a deal to invest more than $100 million in Denver-based vendor management services provider IQNavigator, according to an unverified report in the Rocky Mountain News. IQNavigator's executives will remain with the company. The newspaper said the co...


Job openings decline

June 10, 2008

There number of U.S. job openings fell 443,000 year-over-year in April for a total of approximately 3.7 million, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. There were approximately 4.1 million job openings in April 2007. The job openings rate was 2.6% in April, compared with 2.9% a year...


Demand remains high for some IT workers

June 9, 2008

Information technology workers with certain skills remain in high demand, according to a survey released by Veritude, a Boston-based staffing firm. According to the survey, 73% of companies said candidates for IT jobs in high-level business intelligence and enterprise solutions are the most diffi...


Research from Staffing Industry Analysts

June 9, 2008

Here is a list of research reports released last week by Staffing Industry Analysts. INSIGHT - Opportunities in healthcare recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) Those staffing firms with a Recruitment Process Outsourcing piece might aim their sights at the healthcare industry, which is increasing...


Worker confidence rises

June 9, 2008

Worker confidence rose for the first time in nine months in May, according to Spherion Corp.'s employee confidence index. The gauge increased 0.7 points to 46.9. The index's survey found that 75% said in May they believe it is unlikely they will lose their jobs in the next 12 months, that's a dec...


New employment index slips

June 9, 2008

The Conference Board released its new employment trends index today. The organization said the index accurately signaled all rises and falls in employment when plotted back to 1973. It has a lead time of six to nine months at peaks and zero to three months in troughs. The index fell to 0.5% to 11...


Vedior buy to take effect July 1

June 9, 2008

Randstad Holding NV's acquisition of Vedior NV will become effective July 1, the companies reported today. Shares in Vedior will cease trading on June 25, the same day the merger will come before Vedior shareholders for approval. Randstad shareholders will meet June 26. Randstad ranks as the worl...


52% cutting back on hiring

June 6, 2008

A survey by job-board operator Dice Holdings Inc. (NYSE: DHX) found 52% of firms plan to cut back on hiring in the next six months. Forty-three percent said they weren't changing their current hiring plans, while 5% were unsure. Sixty percent of firms said they don't know when hiring will return...


TechTeam buys technical support firm

June 6, 2008

TechTeam Global Inc. (NASD: TEAM) acquired Onvaio LLC, a Los Gatos CA-based company that provides technical support outsourcing through its Manila, Philippines, subsidiary Onvaio Asia Services Inc. TechTeam also said it's bringing onboard Onvaio's founders as part of a plan to create an Asia and...