Recent Updates

Indian group responds to H-1B temp worker visa criticism in Senate committee

March 25, 2015

The trade association for the Indian IT and business process outsourcing industry responded to criticism that workers coming to the US on H-1B visas — for highly skilled temporary foreign workers such as those in IT — have only minimum skills.


OSHA finalizes whistleblower protection rules, seeks advisory committee nominations

March 25, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration finalized its rules for the handling of Sarbanes-Oxley Act-related whistleblower retaliation complaints; separately, it is seeking nominations for members to serve on its Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee.


What suppliers would like buyers to know

March 25, 2015

More than 1,000 staffing industry executives converged on Orlando, Fla. last week to attend the Staffing Industry Executive Forum. While there, many shared their thoughts on what buyers should know. Editor and Publisher Subadhra R. Sriram spells it out on the SIA Track on The Staffing Stream.


RFP: Be honest when pitching your program, it will pay off in better pricing

March 25, 2015

RFPs are a difficult process for buyers and staffing suppliers, but failure to be transparent about your program's scope can lead to higher costs in the long run.


Right partnerships increase your influence

March 25, 2015

A typical strategic alliance tends to make us more knowledgeable and broaden our reach and influence. Are you using your alliances with your providers to their fullest potential?


Meeting management: When to present and when to converse

March 24, 2015

Many people hosting meetings think presenting to a room full of people is the best way to share ideas, but sometimes it’s best to have a conversation instead, writes Nancy Duarte, on the HBR Blog Network. She spells out how to know which meeting style to pursue.


March 2015 Gross Margin Report

March 24, 2015

  • Of the 17 companies in our report, 9 reported a higher gross margin in 2014 than in 2013.
  • BLS data indicates bill rates are increasing at a 2% y/y rate for industrial staffing and nearly 3% for office/clerical staffing.
  • The median gross margin among the 17 companies studied was 24.7%.

North American Listed Staffing 4Q14 Financial Results

March 24, 2015

  • Among 24 publicly traded North American staffing companies, 4Q14 revenue increased by a median 5.4% year-over-year.
  • Seventy-five percent experienced positive y/y revenue growth, down from 3Q14's 89%.
  • Seventy-one percent reported positive net income, down from 78% in 3Q14.

Benchmarks: Projected CW use, APAC

March 18, 2015

In our 2014 Contingent Buyers Survey for the Asia/Pacific region, we asked respondents what share of their total workforce was made up of contingent workers. We also asked for short-term and long-term projections. 


Uber and Lyft IC classification cases to go to juries

March 18, 2015

Last week, judges in two independent contractor classification suits — those against Uber and Lyft — said juries must determine plaintiff’s employment status. The cases can have far-reaching repercussions for online staffing platforms and companies that use them and 1099 workers.