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April 26, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

The Financial Times reports that human resource (HR) information systems are moving rapidly toward web-based applications such as employee self service (ESS) and online recruiting. "Human resource management is evolving into a more technology-based profession," John Sweeney, employee at the Society for Human Resources Management, explains to the news source. "For example, in many organizations,…

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April 25, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Across the country, a growing number of employers are helping to stimulate the economy by hiring through temp agencies, according to Wenatchee World. "When that industry starts to pick up, it indicates employers are starting to hire again," Don Meseck, labor economist, told the news source. "The trend for the last few years has been…

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April 22, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

According to Citybizlist, new technologies and the advent of social media have transformed the staffing industry into something entirely different than what is was 20 years ago. John Eckenrode, CEO of IT consulting and staffing agency CPSI, answered questions about the current state of the staffing industry, and noted two important factors that have changed…

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April 21, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

The information technology (IT) job market is nearing two years of rising recruitment levels for contract workers in the U.K., according to Channel Web. CWJobs, a specialist in IT recruitment, found that the number of vacancies in the sector rose sequentially for the seventh consecutive quarter, the news source adds. Roles for permanent staff grew…

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April 20, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Many businesses are looking to skirt around hiring full-time employees because of supplemental expenditures like healthcare and unemployment, according to MoneyShow. The news sources notes that while companies will eventually create more payroll jobs, the majority of businesses are gravitating toward independent contractors and temporary workers, because most entities prefer not to pay for benefits. Louis…

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April 19, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

According to the Gwinnett Business Journal, the labor market is moderately improving. Consumer spending – which accounts for 70 percent of the U.S. economy – has picked up. The news source adds that with the slight uptick in consumer spending, some sectors - primarily retail, automaking, manufacturing and healthcare - have begun hiring again. This…

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April 18, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

The Chicago Tribune reports that hiring trends among companies that are searching for college graduates are showing signs of life compared to a year ago. The news source notes that employers plan to increase hiring by 13.5 percent from 2010, and in February, 53 percent of respondents said that they expected to hire more college…

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April 15, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

The Menlo Park, California Firefighters Association (MPFA), a union that has been entrenched in contract negotiations with district officials since 2008, may be forced to settle, according to The Mercury News. Union members were originally offered a 20 percent raise that would be implemented over four years, which they refused. As the economy gradually worsened,…

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April 14, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Members of the News Media Guild, the union for Associated Press (AP) workers, are fighting to receive an updated pension plan. PressTV reports that the company's old pension system - a defined benefit plan - has been phased out and is no longer sustainable if the AP desires to remain competitive. The Guild's counter-proposal, according…

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April 13, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

In the wake of Flowers Foods, Inc.'s agreement to buy out South Philadelphia's Tasty Baking Company, 249 of the bakery's workers consented on a four-year union contract, Philly.com reports. Thomasville, Georgia-based Flowers Foods Inc. bought Tasty Baking Company, the maker of Tastykakes, for about $34.4 million in cash last week, according to BusinessWeek. The deal…

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