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Contract watch - Medfinders

January 23, 2009

Medfinders Inc., the parent company of healthcare staffing firm Nursefinders, said it signed a three-year deal with the Abilene Regional Medical Center in Abilene TX. The hospital will use the company's SingleSource managed staffing program.


The Albany Group buys Japanese firm

January 23, 2009

The Albany Group announced Thursday it acquired Strata Works KK, a Japan-based staffing company. Jason Posel, senior VP of Albany, said Strata is a contractor management company. It has a focus on technology workers, and providing them to companies in any industry. Strata had the equivalent of...


Temporary worker cuts

January 23, 2009

Microsoft Corp., Huntsman Corp. and Sony were among companies recently announcing cuts in numbers of temporary workers they use. Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it's reducing the number of contingent staff and vendors it's using as part of cuts that also include eliminating up to 5,000 jobs. Bloom...


Temporary worker cuts

January 23, 2009

Microsoft Corp., Huntsman Corp. and Sony were among companies recently announcing cuts in numbers of temporary workers they use. Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it's reducing the number of contingent staff and vendors it's using as part of cuts that also include eliminating up to 5,000 jobs. Bloo...


Jobless claims up, 4-week average unchanged

January 22, 2009

The number of U.S. initial jobless claims climbed higher the week ended Jan. 17, while the four-week moving average was unchanged, according to numbers released today by the U.S. Department of Labor. Initial unemployment claims increased 11.8% to 589,000 in the week ended Jan. 17, compared with...


Kelly revenues falls 13.3%, posts loss

January 22, 2009

Fourth-quarter revenue fell 13.3% at Kelly Services Inc. (NASD: KELYA) to $1.28 billion from $1.48 billion in the same period last year. The Troy MI-based staffing firm also posted a fourth-quarter net loss of $88.8 million. Revenue fell across much of the company's commercial and professional...


Weekly median wage up 4%

January 22, 2009

The weekly median wage for full-time U.S. workers was $728 in the fourth quarter of 2008, up 4% from the fourth quarter of 2007, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Full-time workers over 25 years old without high school diplomas had a weekly median wage of $459 compared with $6...


Kelly revenues falls 13.3%, posts loss

January 22, 2009

Fourth-quarter revenue fell 13.3% at Kelly Services Inc. (NASD: KELYA) to $1.28 billion from $1.48 billion in the same period last year. The Troy MI-based staffing firm also posted a fourth-quarter net loss of $88.8 million. Revenue fell across much of the company's commercial and professional li...


Weekly median wage up 4%

January 22, 2009

The weekly median wage for full-time U.S. workers was $728 in the fourth quarter of 2008, up 4% from the fourth quarter of 2007, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Full-time workers over 25 years old without high school diplomas had a weekly median wage of $459 compared with $619...


USG people announces cuts

January 22, 2009

USG People, an Almere, Netherlands-based staffing firm, announced today it will cut 540 full-time positions and close 93 branches in France, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands. The reduction in employees will be achieved, through a large extent, by natural attrition, the company said. The Fren...