SThree gross profit up 4% in fiscal Q3 because of international growth

SThree plc — a UK-based staffing firm specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics roles — reported net fees (gross profit) rose 4% on a constant currency basis in its fiscal third quarter ended Aug. 31. International markets led growth at the firm with US gross profit up 5% and Japan gross profit up 82%. … Read moreSThree gross profit up 4% in fiscal Q3 because of international growth

Tech roundup: Upwork’s first MSP partnership; human cloud firm teams up with education platform; Voyage raises $31 million

Online staffing platform Upwork Inc. (NASDAQ: UPWK) announced a partnering with an MSP for the first time; human cloud firm Business Talent Group teamed up with online education provider General Assembly; and self-driving technology firm Voyage announced a $31 million funding round. Here’s more: Upwork For the first time, online staffing platform Upwork announced a … Read moreTech roundup: Upwork’s first MSP partnership; human cloud firm teams up with education platform; Voyage raises $31 million

BelFlex acquires two Kentucky-based staffing firms

BelFlex, based in Cincinnati, announced it has acquired PC Staffing and its sister company PCS Staffing, both located in Louisville, Kentucky. “Each acquisition is strategically selected to provide the maximum growth potential for BelFlex,” said Clayton Owens, regional director, BelFlex. “With Louisville increasingly being recognized as a hub for the manufacturing and logistics industries, we … Read moreBelFlex acquires two Kentucky-based staffing firms

People: Randstad, Health Carousel, The Delta Companies, FlexRN, CyberSN, Vaco, Pridestaff and more

Randstad Sourceright appointed Sue Marcus as regional president of RPO and MSP solutions in the US. Marcus will spearhead a new organizational structure that brings together RPO, MSP and payroll solutions teams. She has been with Randstad Sourceright for more than 25 years. Separately, Randstad US announced Jodi Chavez will lead its new Randstad Accounting … Read morePeople: Randstad, Health Carousel, The Delta Companies, FlexRN, CyberSN, Vaco, Pridestaff and more

Report says payroll company diverted $35 million from employees, FBI investigates (CBS News)

Payroll company MyPayrollHR of Clifton Park, New York, allegedly diverted $35 million from employee checks and accounts leaving more than 250,000 employees across the country without paychecks, CBS News reported today. Some media reports indicate staffing firms have been included among the affected companies. And last week New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for an … Read moreReport says payroll company diverted $35 million from employees, FBI investigates (CBS News)

Gig economy ‘Shark Tank’ winners are AppJobs and Keeper Tax; Parker Dewey is audience choice

Two technology companies, AppJobs and Keeper Tax, tied on Wednesday to win the Shark Tank-styled competition at Staffing Industry Analysts’ Collaboration in the Gig Economy conference in San Diego. Five finalist firms pitched their business models before a panel of expert judges, who chose what they felt were the best models. All five companies in … Read moreGig economy ‘Shark Tank’ winners are AppJobs and Keeper Tax; Parker Dewey is audience choice

Uber to keep classifying drivers as independent contractors even in California in wake of AB 5

Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER) said it will continue classifying its drivers as independent contractors even after the passage of Assembly Bill 5 in California, which codifies into law the more-strict “ABC” test of determining independent contractor misclassification. Concerns had arisen that the law could make it more difficult for human cloud firms such as … Read moreUber to keep classifying drivers as independent contractors even in California in wake of AB 5

Uber to keep classifying drivers as independent contractors in wake of AB 5 vote

Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER) said it will continue classifying its drivers as independent contractors even after the passage of Assembly Bill 5 in California, which codifies into law the more-strict “ABC” test of determining independent contractor misclassification. Concerns had arisen that the law could make it more difficult for human cloud firms such as … Read moreUber to keep classifying drivers as independent contractors in wake of AB 5 vote

Healthcare jobs website Incredible Health announces $15 million funding round

Healthcare jobs website Incredible Health announced a $15 million series A funding round today. Incredible Health uses algorithm-based technology to match the needs of hospitals with nurses for permanent jobs. The San Francisco-based company aims to have hospitals apply to nurses instead of waiting for the nurses to apply in an effort to increase time … Read moreHealthcare jobs website Incredible Health announces $15 million funding round

Online jobs index edges up in August

The Conference Board’s measure of online job ads edged up in August, the organization reported. Its Help Wanted OnLine index rose to a reading of 103.6 in August (July 2018 = 100) from a reading of 103.2 in July. The index is up 3.5% compared to a year ago. Most regions and states showed little … Read moreOnline jobs index edges up in August

Randstad US, Target and UPS announce seasonal hiring plans

Holiday season temporary hiring plans are getting underway with Target Corp. and UPS hiring 230,000 between the two. Randstad US also announced seasonal hiring plans. “Despite potential economic uncertainty ahead, consumers have remained confident and willing to spend this holiday season, which means more order fulfillment and customer service roles will be needed,” said Greg … Read moreRandstad US, Target and UPS announce seasonal hiring plans

Intermountain Staffing changes name to Ascend Staffing

Intermountain Staffing, a company that has been in operation since 1969, announced a name change to Ascend Staffing. The company was founded in Utah and now operates in eight other states. The company noted the “Intermountain” name did not fit at its locations outside of mountain states. In addition, the company noted acquisitions kept their … Read moreIntermountain Staffing changes name to Ascend Staffing

California Senate approves tough law; gig economy independent contractors may need to be employees

The California Senate passed AB 5 which puts in place the more strict “ABC” test for determining independent contractor compliance and could make it more difficult for human cloud platforms such as Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER) and Lyft Inc. (NASDAQ: LYFT) and others to classify their workers as independent contractors. “Gig economy companies like … Read moreCalifornia Senate approves tough law; gig economy independent contractors may need to be employees

California Senate approves AB 5; gig economy independent contractors may need to be employees

The California Senate passed AB 5 which puts in place the more strict “ABC” test for determining independent contractor compliance. This could make it more difficult for human cloud platforms such as Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER),  Lyft Inc. (NASDAQ: LYFT) and others to classify their workers as independent contractors. “Gig economy companies like Uber, … Read moreCalifornia Senate approves AB 5; gig economy independent contractors may need to be employees

Gig conference starts at intersection of technology and new ways of thinking about work

There’s a tsunami of change as technology advances and the gig economy grows, Staffing Industry Analysts’ President Barry Asin said in his keynote speech today at the start of the Collaboration in the Gig Economy Conference in San Diego. “That intersection of technology and thinking about new ways of work is what this conference is … Read moreGig conference starts at intersection of technology and new ways of thinking about work

SIA gig conference: Intersection of technology and new ways of thinking about work

There’s a tsunami of change as technology advances and the gig economy grows, Staffing Industry Analysts’ President Barry Asin said in his keynote speech today at the start of the Collaboration in the Gig Economy Conference in San Diego. “That intersection of technology and thinking about new ways of work is what this conference is … Read moreSIA gig conference: Intersection of technology and new ways of thinking about work

Human cloud spend at $126 billion in US; report lists largest B2B firms

Human cloud firms, electronic labor platforms and related business models processed $126.3 billion in spend globally with business-to-consumer focused firms — such as Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE:  UBER) and Lyft Inc. (NASDAQ: LYFT) — generating the lion’s share of revenue, according to a new report by Staffing Industry Analysts. “The Gig Economy and Human Cloud … Read moreHuman cloud spend at $126 billion in US; report lists largest B2B firms

New York staffing firm buys New Jersey-based staffing provider TechLink

The Execu|Search Group acquired TechLink, a Saddle River, New Jersey-based provider of IT staffing in the New York tri-state area and nationwide. TechLink, based in Boston, was founded in 1997. Its IT specialties include staff augmentation as well as end-to-end project management. “TechLink is highly strategic for us — accelerating The Execu|Search Group on its … Read moreNew York staffing firm buys New Jersey-based staffing provider TechLink

QPS Employment Group acquires Nebraska staffing firm

QPS Employment Group, a staffing firm based in Brookfield, Wisconsin, announced it acquired Staffing Services Inc., or SSI, a staffing firm based in Lincoln, Nebraska, from its owner Steve Dworsky. SSI had four locations in Nebraska and provided industrial, skilled trades and clerical staffing. “We’re excited about this acquisition, which allows us to expand our … Read moreQPS Employment Group acquires Nebraska staffing firm

Labor Bureau sends ‘administrative directive’ to Recruit Co. Ltd., company announces

Global staffing firm Recruit Co. Ltd announced last Friday that its Recruit Career Co. Ltd. business in Japan received an “administrative directive” from the Tokyo Labor Bureau that a service provided by the company in Japan was in violation of Japan’s Employment Security Act. The Japan Times reported the incident occurred because Recruit Career’s Rikunabi … Read moreLabor Bureau sends ‘administrative directive’ to Recruit Co. Ltd., company announces

US job openings edged down in July for second consecutive month; quits hit series high

Job openings were little changed in July from June, according to seasonally adjusted data released Tuesday by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the number of hires edged up and separations increased. Job openings edged down by 31,000 in July to about 7.2 million, down 0.4% from June; the decrease was 3.0% on a … Read moreUS job openings edged down in July for second consecutive month; quits hit series high

New York governor wants to steer workers away from independent contractor status (Crain’s New York Business)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a focus on steering workers away from independent contractor status as New York pursues legislation similar to California’s AB 5 that could make human cloud workers, such as drivers for Uber Technologies Inc., employees instead of independent contractors, Crain’s New York Business reports. Please follow and like us:

Uber lays off 435 in its engineering and production teams (TechCrunch)

Uber laid off 435 people in its engineering and production teams, TechCrunch reported. The layoffs represent about 8% of the organization; however, the company lifted the hiring freeze that has been in place on its product and engineering teams that had been in effect since August, TechCrunch reported. Please follow and like us:

New York governor calls for investigation into payroll company

New York Gov. Andrew Como on Friday called for an investigation into the sudden shutdown of payroll firm MyPayrollHR. Some news reports indicate that temporary staffing firms were affected by the shutdown. “The sudden and unexplained shutdown of MyPayRollHR in Clifton Park is disturbing and completely unacceptable,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Its reckless actions … Read moreNew York governor calls for investigation into payroll company

US hiring outlook strong for Q4, employers remain optimistic: ManpowerGroup

The US hiring outlook remains strong as employers are optimistic about hiring in the fourth quarter, according to the Employment Outlook Survey released today by ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN). It found that 22% of employers plan to increase hiring in the fourth quarter while 5% plan a decrease for a net employment outlook of 17%, or … Read moreUS hiring outlook strong for Q4, employers remain optimistic: ManpowerGroup

Gig economy conference to kick off; contingent workforce managers hear about future of work

Staffing Industry Analysts’ Collaboration in the Gig Economy conference is set to kick off today in San Diego to bring together the workforce ecosystem, including the human cloud. Some 53 million Americans did gig work in 2018, or 34% of the workplace. SIA defines “gig work” as all types of contingent labor, including statement-of-work consultants, … Read moreGig economy conference to kick off; contingent workforce managers hear about future of work

Contingent worker strategy has to continually evolve: CWS Summit

Online staffing and the future of work were topics that got attendees’ attention at Staffing Industry Analysts’ CWS Summit North America conference aimed at contingent workforce managers coming to a close this afternoon in San Diego. Enterprise staffing buyers have concerns with implementing human cloud platforms. “Lean in and start small” was advice given by buyers who … Read moreContingent worker strategy has to continually evolve: CWS Summit

Foxconn responds to concerns over temp use at Apple iPhone factory

Foxconn Technology Group responded to a report by labor group China Labor Watch alleging that it broke Chinese law by employing too many temporary workers at its Zhengzhou Foxconn iPhone factory in China. The group said Chinese law stipulates that temporary workers shall not exceed 10% of total employed workers, but that the percentage of … Read moreFoxconn responds to concerns over temp use at Apple iPhone factory

Command Center rebrands as HireQuest Inc., changes ticker symbol

Command Center Inc. (NASD: CCNI), a Colorado-based industrial staffing firm, received Nasdaq approval to continue to continue trading on Nasdaq as HireQuest Inc., and to trade its common stock under the new ticker symbol “HQI,” effective Sept. 11. The company acquired industrial staffing provider Hire Quest Holdings LLC in a deal that closed July 15. … Read moreCommand Center rebrands as HireQuest Inc., changes ticker symbol

Word of the Week: Freelancer

The human cloud is home to both W-2 employees and independent contractors, which are sometimes known as freelancers and an integral part of the human cloud. This week, the human cloud will come up for much discussion during the Collaboration in the Gig Economy conference which starts today in San Diego. As a result, our … Read moreWord of the Week: Freelancer

Create a CW value proposition that grabs: Summit keynote

Among the many changes that will be affecting the contingent workforce in the upcoming years, three things stand out: the growing proportion of contingent workers, technological innovation and changing candidate behavior. Staffing Industry Analysts’ Peter Reagan discussed this during the keynote speech today at the CWS Summit North America conference in San Diego. “You’re going … Read moreCreate a CW value proposition that grabs: Summit keynote

Apple violated Chinese law by hiring too many temps

Labor group China Labor Watch released a report saying the Zhengzhou Foxconn factory in China — which it says is the largest Apple iPhone factory in the world — broke Chinese law by hiring too many temporary workers. The factory is operated by supplier Foxconn Technology Group. Chinese law stipulates that dispatch workers (workers from … Read moreApple violated Chinese law by hiring too many temps

Apple, Foxconn breaking Chinese law by hiring too many temps: China Labor Watch

Labor group China Labor Watch released a report saying the Zhengzhou Foxconn factory in China — which it says is the largest Apple iPhone factory in the world — broke Chinese law by hiring too many temporary workers. The factory is operated by supplier Foxconn Technology Group. Chinese law stipulates that dispatch workers (workers from … Read moreApple, Foxconn breaking Chinese law by hiring too many temps: China Labor Watch

Private equity firm invests in Axiom, a human cloud platform providing legal talent

Axiom, a human cloud platform that provides legal talent and technology, scrapped plans for an initial public offering and instead agreed to an investment from global private equity firm Permira. The new investment, announced Thursday, will be used to support Axiom’s expansion in the US and internationally as well as to launch new service delivery … Read morePrivate equity firm invests in Axiom, a human cloud platform providing legal talent

Private equity firm invests in Axiom, a B2B human cloud platform

Axiom, a B2B human cloud platform that provides legal talent and technology, scrapped plans for an initial public offering and instead agreed to an investment from global private equity firm Permira. The new investment, announced Thursday, will support Axiom’s expansion in the US and internationally as well as to launch new service delivery capabilities. The … Read morePrivate equity firm invests in Axiom, a B2B human cloud platform

Student recruitment, job-matching website RippleMatch lands $6 million funding round

RippleMatch, a website that aims to automate entry-level recruiting, received $6 million in a series A funding round, according to a post on Medium by Jessica Lin, co-founder and general partner at Work-Bench, a venture capital firm that took part in the investment with G20 Ventures. Right now, the recruiting of students relies on job … Read moreStudent recruitment, job-matching website RippleMatch lands $6 million funding round

Employment trends index’s growth turns negative; ‘no reason to worry for now’

The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index edged down in August. The decline was fueled by negative contributions from three of the eight components: Ratio of involuntarily part-time to all part-time workers, percentage of firms with positions not able to fill right now, and initial claims for unemployment insurance. “In August, for only the second time … Read moreEmployment trends index’s growth turns negative; ‘no reason to worry for now’

Exemptions for some industries — but not ride-sharing firms — in final amendments to California’s IC bill (The Sacramento Bee)

Lawmakers on Friday submitted what the author’s office describes as the final round of amendments to California’s high-profile Assembly Bill 5, which would codify the more strict “ABC” test for independent contractor misclassification into law. The Sacramento [California] Bee reported dozens of professions, from real estate agents to dog groomers, secured carve-outs from the proposed legislation; … Read moreExemptions for some industries — but not ride-sharing firms — in final amendments to California’s IC bill (The Sacramento Bee)

US adds temp jobs in August, but rise nearly offset by downward revisions

The US added 15,000 temporary help services jobs last month, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the agency revised downward the number of temp jobs added in July by 12,100, and the total number of temp jobs are down compared to the total number of temp … Read moreUS adds temp jobs in August, but rise nearly offset by downward revisions

Korn Ferry revenue up 7% in constant currency on RPO and professional search

Revenue rose 7% in constant currency at Korn Ferry International Inc. (NYSE: KFY) in its fiscal first quarter ended July 31; it was up 4.1% on a reported basis. The increase was primarily attributed to growth in RPO and professional search. The Los Angeles-headquartered firm also reported net income increased to $42.9 million from a … Read moreKorn Ferry revenue up 7% in constant currency on RPO and professional search