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Time to fill lengthens again
On the heels of a survey finding that a quarter of all employers plan to add temporary staff this quarter comes a forecast that temp agency staffing will increase 8.7 percent over last year. Temp industry consultant G. Palmer & Associates says temp employment will average 2.978 million workers in the fourth quarter. For the last quarter of 2013, the average was 2.739 million. As of September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports temp agencies employed a record 2.934 million workers.
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How effective are your marketing efforts?
The Staffing Stream
Staffing executives: Do you know where your marketing dollars are spent? Probably. But here’s a better question – what’s the return on that investment? And, more important, do you know how to hold your marketing team accountable for those results? Smart marketers will track activities and spend against those results. They will proactively schedule time with you on a regular basis to highlight how your investment in marketing is driving results. Just like you wouldn’t keep a sales person who isn’t producing results, the same applies to marketing staff.
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'Solopreneurs' redefining work
Business News Daily
The number of people working for themselves is on the rise, new research finds. There are currently 17.9 million solopreneurs — full-time independent workers — in the United States, up 12.5 percent since 2011, according to MBO Partners' fourth annual State of Independence in America workforce study. In addition to solopreneurs, there are another 12.1 million U.S. "side-giggers," part-time independent workers who spend less than 15 hours a week on their independent work. The research defines an independent worker as anyone over age 21 who describes his or her job status as independent consultant/contractor, self-employed worker, freelance worker, temporary worker, fixed-term contract worker, on-call worker or small business owner with fewer than four employees.
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Survey: Accounting/finance, IT staffing set to increase in Q4
Staffing Industry Analysts
Human resources professionals and hiring managers in the accounting/finance and information technology sectors expect the pace of business growth to accelerate in the year ahead and plan to increase their hiring of accounting/finance and IT professionals as a result, according to the fourth-quarter accounting, finance and IT hiring forecast study conducted by Brilliant and Richard Curtin, professor and director of surveys at the University of Michigan. Among those surveyed, 16 percent reported that they plan to increase the number of temporary accounting/finance staff, identical to the previous quarter, and 18 percent expected to increase their temporary IT staffing.
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Study reveals 5 technology-related barriers that are killing your candidate experience
Employers spend a good deal of time and money on building a candidate experience that will keep their talent pipelines well-stocked, but how much of that investment is hindered by their own technology - or lack thereof? A new, nationwide CareerBuilder study explores five major technology-related barriers that can kill your candidate experience and your chances of landing great talent.
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Most employed 2014 college grads in jobs that don't require degree
Consumer Affairs
A discussion of whether an increasingly expensive college education is worth the cost usually notes that over a career, a college-educated person will earn significantly more than someone with only a high school diploma. While that may be true, it doesn't always start out that way. About half of the graduating class of 2014 has already found gainful employment. But a survey by jobs site has found about half of those people are working in jobs that do not require a college degree.
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The recruitment industry could be about to face its 'uber' moment
Business Insider Australia
There have been a bunch of tech startups springing up attempting to solve a range of different issues in the recruitment sector: a trend that sometimes indicates a number of things, including the old way of doing business isn’t meeting consumer needs or there’s just a better, faster or smarter way to complete the task. It’s being coined as the “Uber” moment: a point in time where an existing industry gets flipped on its head by an up-and-comer with a streamlined, user-friendly way of doing something.
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Employers embracing wage hike
Human Resource Executive Online
A new survey reveals that 62 percent of employers believe the minimum wage should be increased, and experts say that rising wages may present HR with opportunities to restructure jobs and employee responsibilities. Some of the strategies could include hiring contract workers, setting wages high enough now so that their company is practically immune from future increases, or applying for exemptions for special jobs that enable companies to hire teenagers and people with disabilities.
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