Online Community

ASA Central

A dynamic online community for ASA members to exchange ideas and best practices, and connect with industry peers in their sector. Visit the site ›
Find Goods & Services

ASA Marketplace

This powerful online resource enables staffing companies to find and access industry supplier information, products and services. Visit the site ›
Daily Publication

Staffing Today Newsletter

Your #1 daily source for news about the workforce industry. With versions available to members and nonmembers. Visit the site ›
Health Care Reform

Affordable Care Act Resources for Staffing

Up-to-date news, resources, interactive tools, and more—all focused on helping ASA members comply with the ACA. Visit the site ›
Advertisers & Exhibitors

Staffing Industry Suppliers

ASA has numerous and diverse marketing opportunities available to help you reach the rapidly growing staffing industry. Visit the site ›
Exclusive Products

ASA Store

From certification packages and study guides to marketing tools and data reports, ASA resources add value to your business. Visit the site ›

Staffing World® 2012 Flash Sale Today!

ASA is holding a 24-hour Staffing World registration flash sale right now. Register online during the flash sale and get $150 off the current registration price. Get the flash sale details here.

Staffing World 2012, Oct. 9–11 in Las Vegas, is the premier industry event of the year. Check out schedules, workshop descriptions, exhibitors, and more in the digital Advance Program.

Hudson Global Reports 2012 Second Quarter Results

Hudson Global Inc. News Release (07/31/2012)

Hudson Global Inc. today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30. Revenue of $204.8 million for the quarter represented a decrease of 17.2% from the same period in 2011, or 13.8% in constant currency.

Hudson Americas’ revenues decreased 5% in the second quarter compared with the prior-year period. Permanent recruitment revenues grew by 41%. Temporary contracting revenues declined by 16%, primarily due to reduced project demand in Legal eDiscovery, compared with a strong second quarter a year ago. Selling, general, and administrative expenses were tightly controlled through both restructuring and strong cost management, resulting in a year-over-year reduction of 11%.

Heidrick & Struggles Reports 2012 Second Quarter Financial Results

Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. News Release (07/31/12)

Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30. Net revenue of $116.1 million declined 18.7% year over year. Net income fell to $1.9 million, or 10 cents per share, for the April-June quarter, from $7.4 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier. The number of executive search confirmations declined 24%.

Net revenue in the Americas declined 14.9% year over year. Second quarter operating margin was 23.6% compared with 24.4% in the 2011 second quarter. Compared with the 2012 first quarter net revenue increased 10.8%. Operating income increased 24.2% sequentially, primarily reflecting the increase in net revenue.

“Although revenue improved compared to the first quarter, confirmation trends fell short of our expectations and second quarter results were disappointing,” says L. Kevin Kelly, chief executive officer at Heidrick & Struggles. “Search confirmations were adversely impacted by increasing uncertainty about the pace of global economic recovery, including the euro-zone financial crisis, as well as continued weakness in hiring trends and investment spending generally.”

States’ Hidden Jobless Woes

Wall Street Journal (07/31/12) Neil Shah

According to Labor Department figures released late last week, states such as California are struggling not just with high unemployment, but also severe underemployment. California’s average unemployment rate from July 2011 through June 2012 was 11.2%, but its broader underemployment rate was far higher, at 20.3%. California has the biggest gap between its overall underemployment rate, the U-6, and a slightly narrower U-5 rate that includes discouraged and other workers but not those who work part-time but would prefer a full-time position.

The U.S., as a whole, has a 6.8 percentage-point difference between its 8.5% average unemployment rate and 15.3% underemployment rate. Some states that are performing near or better than the national average in general unemployment have bigger underemployment problems.

Employment Cost Index Up 0.5% in Second Quarter

MarketWatch (07/31/12) Greg Robb

According to new U.S. Department of Labor numbers, the employment cost index rose 0.5% for all civilian workers in the second quarter, slightly more than the 0.4% increase in the first quarter. Employment costs have climbed 1.7% in the last year, the slowest increase since 2010’s April-June period. The employment cost index comprises wages and benefits. In the second quarter, wages—which account for 70% of employment costs—increased 0.4%, while benefits increased 0.6%.

Tomorrow—How Will the November Elections Affect Your Bottom Line?

You can’t afford to miss tomorrow’s free Webinar, “Staffing Industry Legislative and Regulatory Issues.” The ASA legal team will discuss potential lawsuits resulting from government guidance on the use of criminal background checks, mandates related to the health care reform law that are set to take effect in 2014, possible business changes resulting from the November elections, and other pressing issues that can affect your bottom line.

The Webinar will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow. Register online at