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The future of VMS in a post Chimes world

March 14, 2008

Those at the Staffing Industry Executive Forum got an update on the Ensemble Chimes Global situation and the continuing effects on the industry. Staffing Industry Analysts' Executive VP and Chief Analyst Barry Asin blogs about ECG, Axium, and the continuing fallout. Click here.


Real average weekly earnings rise 0.3%

March 14, 2008

Real average weekly earnings rose by 0.3% in February from January, according to preliminary, seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average hourly earnings rose 0.3% while the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers and average we...


Unemployment claims remain the same

March 13, 2008

In the week ended March 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 353,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised figure of 353,000. The four-week moving average was 358,500, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's revised average of 359,750.


Manpower buys Netherlands staffing firm

March 13, 2008

Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) said today it acquired Vitae, a Netherlands-based professional staffing firm. Vitae places approximately 4,000 candidates a year in 12 specialist fields and has 1,200 temporary professionals who work primarily in the technology and finance sectors through the Vitae Inter...


Recognition - Medical Connections, Aquent

March 13, 2008

Medical Connections Holdings Inc. (OTCBB: MCTH.OB), a Boca Raton FL-based healthcare staffing firm, announced it received the Gold Seal of Approval for healthcare staffing services from The Joint Commission. "This certification recognizes our entire team's dedication to providing qualified health...


Stratum sells Petroleum Engineers business

March 13, 2008

Stratum Holdings Inc. (OTCBB: STTH.OB) said it sold its energy staffing subsidiary Petroleum Engineers Inc. to Hamilton Engineering Inc. of Houston for $15.0 million. Hamilton also received a three-month option to buy the stock in Stratum's Canadian energy services subsidiary, Decca Consulting Lt...


Benefits 30% of employee pay

March 13, 2008

Employee compensation costs averaged $28.11 per hour worked in December, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. Wages and salaries averaged $19.62 an hour for 69.8% of the costs, and benefits averaged $8.49 per hour for 30.2% of the costs. The cost per hour for insurance benefits...


General Healthcare Resources buying two firms

March 12, 2008

General Healthcare Resources Inc., a Plymouth Meeting PA-based healthcare staffing firm, said it struck deals to acquire Respond Medical Staffing of Birmingham AL and Elite Medical Staffing of Orlando FL. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Respond provides per diem and local nurse staffing in...


VA starts travel nurse program

March 12, 2008

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced the creation of a travel nurse corps. The three-year pilot program will initially place as many as 75 nurses at VA medical centers across the country. It will be based at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. Nurses taking part will receive standard...


It's lonely at the top

March 12, 2008

Hinda Chalew, VP of marketing at Staffing Industry Analysts, blogs on the dearth of women CEOs in the staffing industry, corporate anthropology, marketing to candidates, and how lonely it can be at the top. Click here.