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Michael Page International Reports Q1 2013 Earnings

4-Traders (04/16/13)

Michael Page International PLC reports gross profit of £127 million in the fourth quarter, down 6.7% from the same period in 2012. The company’s Americas unit reports a gross profit of £18.5 million for the first quarter, a 1.4% decline from the same period in 2012. Chief executive Steve Ingram says the firm “saw good performances in some of our regions, with Asia and North America delivering the strongest gross profit performances, up 14% and 16% respectively year-to-year in constant currency.”

Immigration Bill Opens Wider Path for Foreign Workers

Wall Street Journal (04/16/13) Sara Murray

A bipartisan plan to overhaul the immigration system is likely to be revealed this week. The plan would award visas based on skills and economic needs and put less emphasis on family connections. The legislation aims to create an avenue to citizenship for the more than 11 million illegal immigrants residing in the U.S. It also would include a mandatory verification system for businesses to check employees’ legal status and, in certain instances, tighter requirements for businesses wanting to hire immigrants in the future. The cap on H-1B visas would be raised from 65,000 to 110,000 and could in some years rise to 180,000 depending on demand and economic conditions. Businesses that want to utilize the program would be required to pay much higher wages for H-1B employees than they do currently.

Now Available for Preorder: ASA Certified Search ConsultantSM Program

Starting today, you can preorder the association’s new certification package, which has been specifically designed for search and placement professionals. The ASA Certified Search Consultant program focuses on federal employment laws specific to recruiters and on state licensing and registration laws applicable to direct hire firms.

ASA will release study tools, a practice exam, and the online exam for the CSCSM credential at the 2013 ASA Staffing Law Conference in Washington, DC, May 7–8. The association will begin fulfilling orders immediately following the conference. Go to to place an order. Questions? Contact ASA at or 703-253-2020.

Coming May 1: ASA Marketplace—Your No. 1 Source for Suppliers to the Staffing Industry

In just two weeks, ASA will launch a powerful online resource that will change how staffing companies access industry supplier information and make important purchasing decisions.

A feature-rich, interactive, searchable website, will allow users to find supplier products and services in various categories by using a host of tools. There’s never been anything like it in the staffing business.

Suppliers to the staffing industry should contact Antoinette Dixon at 703-253-1142 or or Bob Jonas at 703-253-1169 or for listing details.