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Employment cost index up marginally

September 11, 2008

Total compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.7% from March to June 2008, seasonally adjusted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. This increase is the same as reported for the period December 2007 to March 2008. Wages and salaries rose 0....

Cross Country completes MDA deal

September 10, 2008

Cross Country Healthcare Inc. (NASD: CCRN), a Boca Raton-based healthcare staffing firm, said Tuesday it completed the acquisition of Medical Doctor Associates (MDA), a Norcross GA-based firm that provides locum tenens and allied health staffing. In the deal, Cross Country will pay $112.3 million...

Openings, hires, separations decline

September 10, 2008

The number of U.S. job openings fell by approximately 700,000 year over year in July to a total of more than 3.4 million, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. There were approximately 4.1 million job openings in July 2007. The job openings rate was 2.4% in July compared with 2.9%...

Most new doctors get more than 10 job letters

September 10, 2008

More than 90% of new doctors received at least 10 job solicitation letters during their training, and 80% received 26 or more such letters, according to a survey released by Merritt, Hawkins & Associates, a national physician search firm based in Irving TX. In addition, the survey found that 40%...

CHG names director

September 10, 2008

CHG Healthcare Services, a Salt Lake City-based healthcare staffing firm, named Wendy Barton as director of leadership and employee development for its CompHealth locum tenens division. Barton has 13 years of sales and management experience, including previous management roles at Discover Card.

Staffing firms are part of federal IMAGE

September 10, 2008

Staffing firms were among 37 new partners in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program aimed at ensuring companies hire only workers legally authorized to work in the United States. The IMAGE program began in January 2007. Chi...

Jackson names LocumTenens.com president

September 10, 2008

Jackson Healthcare, an Alpharetta GA-based healthcare staffing firm, named R. Shane Jackson as president of its LocumTenens.com division. Jackson has served as executive VP of Jackson Healthcare since 2006. Jackson joined the company in 2000. He also co-founded and acted as president of NextStart...

Korn/Ferry revenue up, exchange rates help

September 9, 2008

Korn/Ferry International Inc. (NYSE: KFY) said fee revenue rose 10.9% to $205.7 million in its fiscal first quarter ended July 31. However, fee revenue would have risen only 5.9% excluding the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates, it said. Fee revenue doesn't include reimbursed out-of-pocke...

Manpower survey finds Q4 hiring to slow

September 9, 2008

U.S. companies plan to hold back on hiring in the fourth quarter compared with the third quarter and the fourth quarter of 2007, according to the Employment Outlook Survey by Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN). In the fourth quarter, 22% of U.S. companies plan to add staff while 13% plan to decrease their...

Acquisitions boost Empresaria revenue

September 9, 2008

United Kingdom-based staffing firm the Empresaria Group PLC posted revenue of GBP100.6 million (US$200.7 million) for the first six months of 2008, a year-over-year increase of 80.6%. The company said it received a boost from start-ups and acquisitions, and reported organic revenue growth of 9%....