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Employers forecast to increase use of temp agencies by 10.5 percent
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Staffing agency employment has been among the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy for the last several years. Since the recession’s official end in June 2009, the industry has added 1.24 million new jobs, 12.3 percent of all new private sector jobs created. Now comes a prediction from the staffing and human capital consulting firm of G. Palmer and Associates that temp employment will grow 10.5 percent this quarter over last year. That translates into about 135,000 new staffing agency jobs.
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State Labor Department releases preliminary December 2014 area unemployment rates
New York State Department of Labor
The state’s private sector job count increased by 114,200 from December 2013 to December 2014. In December 2014, the number of private sector jobs in the state was 7,638,200, an all-time high. The state’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 5.9 percent in November 2014 to 5.8 percent in December 2014, its lowest level since September 2008.
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4 ways to improve your recruitment process right now
The Staffing Stream
Recruiting top talent can be arduous and expensive, and today more than ever staffing firms and human resource (HR) professionals need to have visibility into cost and time spent on the process in order to eliminate inefficiencies and potential leakages from the bottom line. Where do those inefficiencies come from? To make a great hire, firms must devote time to seeking out the right fit, and during this time, productivity often suffers from not having the position filled and from dealing with the time consuming steps of interviews, assessments, and background checks. Other costs, such as advertising and branding a job through organizations like CKR Interactive and Success Communications Group, can also add up quickly.
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How drug testing is changing in staffing
Staffing Talk
Most staffing companies (45 percent) say they drug test across the board or drug test the majority of their candidates (28 percent). What’s interesting, however, is that a combined 26 percent of respondents do it some of the time, rarely, or not at all. That’s a decent chunk of the industry specifically swinging the opposite way of the majority.
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The real jobs story in NY emerges
Crain's New York Business
The story of this recovery has been that the vast majority of new jobs have been low-wage work in retail, restaurants and health care. What is missing from this narrative is that New York City is also creating a significant number of high-paying jobs in industries ranging from tech to advertising.
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Report finds 59 percent of IT employers to add temp/contract workers
Staffing Industry Analysts
More than half of IT employers plan to add full-time, permanent staff this year and three-quarters will offer higher starting salaries, according to CareerBuilder’s new IT forecast. In addition, 59 percent of IT employers will add temporary or contract workers. However, IT employers may run into challenges finding qualified talent. Sixty-two percent of IT employers said there’s a significant gap between the skills they need at their organization and the skills job candidates have, and 48 percent have open positions for which they cannot find qualified candidates. More than half, 54 percent, have job vacancies that stay open for 12 weeks or longer.
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5 pre-employment test trends you need to know about
TLNT
The year 2014 was a great one for job growth. December alone added 252,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent. American economist Mark Zandi predicts that “At the current pace of job growth, the economy will be back to full employment by early 2016.” That means that 2015 will be a busy year for hiring managers and HR leaders. Based on changes to laws, emerging technologies, and an appreciation for data-based hiring decisions, here are some pre-employment assessment trends we expect to see in 2015.
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Staffing firms attribute growing popularity to shift in mindset
GSA Business
Operators of companies that provide temporary employees and hiring services attribute their growing popularity to a post-Great Recession mindset among employers. University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business economist Joey Von Nessen said the professional and business services sector provided more than 32 of every 100 jobs in 2013-2014.
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The 5 phases of social recruiting
Social-Hire
Social recruiting may be a part of your overall hiring strategy, but it also requires its own, well-thought-out plan. If you’re getting started with social recruiting, or looking for a way to make your efforts more effective, make sure you’re addressing these 5 phases of the social recruiting process.
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