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Randstad Revenue up 4% in October

Randstad News Release (11/20/14)

Randstad reported October revenue growth of 4%, which is in line with the third quarter. Revenue is recorded on a per-working-day basis. U.S. staffing grew 10%.

The company also announced a €60 million to €70 million cost savings plan, which should be achieved in the next two years.

Immigration Plan Seen Affecting Wages, Jobs

Wall Street Journal (11/20/14) Damian Paletta

President Obama’s plan to provide legal-worker status to several million undocumented immigrants likely will prompt many of them to seek better jobs, increasing competition in the labor market, economists say. Economists and politicians have widely different views on what effect the executive order will have on the labor market and the economy. Much will depend on the details the president puts forward.

Supporters of an immigration overhaul estimate that granting legal status will bring more workers into the tax system and boost government revenue, but many critics have said that it will overwhelm social-welfare programs and displace numerous workers.

Philadelphia Fed: Manufacturing Firms See Notable Increase in November

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (11/20/14)

According to a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, manufacturing activity in that region increased notably in November. The survey’s broadest measure of manufacturing conditions climbed from 20.7 in October to 40.8 in November. Labor market indicators also showed improvement this month. The current employment index rose 10 points in November, to 22.4. Twenty-nine percent of the firms surveyed reported increases in employment, up from 20% last month. Firms also reported more work hours, with the average workweek index rising from negative 1.3 to 7.8 this month. The future employment index rose almost 4 points to 31.5, with nearly 40% of the firms expecting to increase employment over the next six months and 56% of the firms expecting to increase employment over the next 12 months.

When firms were asked to rank the three most important factors influencing their future hiring plans, expected sales growth was the most cited factor and also deemed the most important individual factor. The need for skills not possessed by current staff and having an overworked current staff were the next highest ranked factors. When asked about factors restraining hiring plans, “to keep operating costs low” was the most cited among the top three factors, but “cannot find workers with required skills” was most frequently cited as the most important factor. Firms were also asked about how the Affordable Care Act is influencing their plans for hiring. Seventy percent of the firms indicated that no changes were made in overall staffing because of the law; 11% of the firms indicated that they had reduced full-time hiring; and 8% indicated that they have increased the use of contract workers.

Free ASA Webinar Next Month—Tour the New ASA Website

The association’s newly redesigned website features the latest technology and responsive design features, an easier-to-use organizational structure, and one-click access to important staffing industry links and resources. Want to know more? Hear from ASA staff about the new features and learn how you can access the information, data, and resources available to members during the ASA webinar “Guided Tour of the American Staffing Association’s New Website.” It takes place Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1–2 p.m. Eastern time.

All ASA webinars are free for ASA members, and most qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal. To learn more and to register, visit

Welcome New ASA Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week of Nov. 10.

Agile Partners
Gaithersburg, MD

Tucson, AZ

DanSources Technical Services Inc.
Rockville, MD

Employers Overload
Portland, OR

Atlanta, GA

ENG Infotech Corp.
Wayne, NJ

Labor Works
Louisville, KY

Onsite Personnel
North Wales, PA

Partners Personnel Services
Cahokia, IL

Search Group Partners
Salt Lake City, UT

Spyglass Partners
Derry, NH

Sterling Martin Associates
Washington, DC

Synergy Solutions
Warren, MI