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Staffing employment sees best first quarter in 8 years, despite bad weather
American Staffing Association
U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.96 million temporary and contract workers per week in the first quarter of 2014, up 3.2 percent from the same period in 2013, according to data released by the American Staffing Association. Despite the extraordinary winter weather that adversely affected days worked in much of the U.S., average weekly employment this January through March was higher than in any first quarter since 2006, when it was 3.10 million. Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $26.64 billion in the first quarter of 2014, 2.6 percent higher than in the same period last year.
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Are you ready for 2024?
Staffing Industry Analysts
Walk into a room of staffing industry professionals and ask: what business are you in? “Temp staffing” will be the response nine out of 10 times. Only it’s the wrong answer. The right response is: We are in the contingent space. Why does it matter? Here’s why.
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Temporary jobs are on the rise in today's economy
The Associated Press via The Buffalo News
While the U.S. economy has improved since the Great Recession ended five years ago, part-time and “contract” workers are filling many of the new jobs. Contract workers made up less than half of one percent of all U.S. employment in the 1980s but now account for 2.3 percent. Economists predict contract workers will play a larger role in the years ahead. They are a diverse army of laborers, ranging from janitors, security officers, home-care and food service-workers to computer programmers, freelance photographers and illustrators. Many are involved in manufacturing. Many others are self-employed, working under contracts that lay out specific responsibilities and deadlines.
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How to engage with millennials when recruiting
Buffalo Business First
VideoBrief The Business Journals recently hosted a webinar titled “The Secrets to Attracting and Hiring the Best Talent." In this short clip, the panelists talk about how to engage with millennials when recruiting.
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Gov. Cuomo pushes plan to raise minimum wage to $10.10
Albany Business Review
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year will push for approval of a new statewide minimum wage of $10.10 an hour. Cuomo also will advocate a plan that would allow local governments to set a minimum wage up to 30 percent higher than the statewide rate, according to a report by the Democrat and Chronicle. The current minimum wage is $8 an hour. That rate is scheduled to increase to $9 an hour by the end of next year. Cuomo said New York needs to recognize the impact of the cost of living in different parts of the state. Many business executives say increasing the minimum wage will make it harder for them to remain competitive.
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What the future of work looks like
Today, some 35 percent of workers in the United States are “contingent” — freelance, temporary, part-time, contractors — and that figure is expected to rise to 40 percent or 50 percent, depending upon which report you read. The members of the next generation of workers are expected to change careers at least 10 times before the age of 40, while solo businesses are already popping up at the rate of about half a million a year. Meanwhile, more than 70 percent of workers in the U.S. — and 87 percent of workers worldwide — report that they are not engaged at work. In other words, while workers are becoming more and more mobile, entrepreneurial, creative, and free, traditional organizations are becoming less and less appealing.
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