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Quote of the week: Information technology training

July 29, 2014

“A key finding from the study is that hiring managers value employer training more than undergraduate degrees or post-graduate skill certifications,” said John Hurst, managing director of staffing provider MDI Group’s Atlanta office regarding a survey of more than 1,300 IT hiring managers in the...


Temps are now in the driver’s seat — Blog

July 29, 2014

With buyers on board regarding the benefits of a contingent workforce, the real challenge for staffing firms now is about marketing the contingent advantage to the worker, writes Editorial Director Subadhra Sriram in The Contingent Blog. To read the post, click here.


Survey looks at compensation and attracting talent

July 28, 2014

Employers face a number of challenges finding qualified talent. A lack of qualified workers is one commonly voiced concern, while some argue companies are unwilling to pay candidates enough for in-demand positions. A new survey by Aerotek Inc. found 51 percent of respondents pay below their indus...


Healthcare staffing, services firm promotes CFO to president

July 28, 2014

Parallon, a healthcare services firm that ranks as one of the largest U.S. healthcare staffing firms, promoted CFO Chris Taylor to president, effective immediately. Taylor had served as interim president since November 2013.Parallon is a division of HCA Holdings Inc. and provides several services...


Caterpillar full-time jobs down in Q2, but flexible workforce up

July 28, 2014

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) reported last week a 5.8 percent decrease in its full-time workforce in the second quarter, but it also reported an increase in its flexible workforce of 2.3 percent.The heavy equipment maker reported full-time employment of 115,292 in the second quarter, down 7,110 f...


Two temps face felony charges for false time sheets

July 28, 2014

Two temporary workers at the New York State Department of Health were arrested for submitting falsified time sheets to their staffing firms, the New York State Inspector General’s office announced last week. The workers face felony charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records.Alfred C...


Making the most of the second half of the year – The Staffing Stream

July 28, 2014

Staffing firms traditionally look back in July on what they’ve accomplished in the first part of the year and look forward to what the second half holds. And if the first half wasn’t what it should have been, staffing firms can use the second half to win the numbers game, writes Michael Barefoot,...


Tech firms tap H-1Bs despite challenges, controversy – Web

July 28, 2014

The Baltimore Sun newspaper reports technology companies are using H-1Bs despite the challenges and controversy surrounding the program. For the article, click here.


Elwood Staffing acquires Encore Staffing Services

July 25, 2014

Elwood Staffing purchased the assets of Encore Staffing Services, the commercial staffing division of Spencer Reed Group LLC. The transaction closed July 20; terms were not disclosed.The acquisition includes 12 Encore branch offices in metropolitan locations across the Midwest, West Coast and Nor...


American Express survey: 81% of US middle-market companies looking to hire

July 25, 2014

Hiring appears to be on the upswing at medium-sized enterprises, according to the inaugural American Express Survey of Mid-sized Companies. The survey found 81 percent plan to make an investment in human capital and hire staff over the next six months.Midsize companies are defined as having annua...