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ASA Skills Gap Index Identifies 181 Hard-to-Fill Jobs

The American Staffing Association’s Skills Gap Index identified 181 hard-to-fill occupations in the U.S. for the 12 months ended March 2015.

“With more than five million job openings going unfilled, businesses are concerned that their growth will be impeded because they cannot fill their talent pipelines,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “The ASA Skills Gap Index assists businesses and their staffing firm partners in developing strategies to source qualified talent in occupations and in regions where demand significantly exceeds supply.”

Members can see the list of the 10 most difficult-to-fill jobs, and download the full ASA Skills Gap Index report for the first quarter of 2015, at

The skills gap index was established by ASA, using a hiring indicator developed by ASA corporate partner CareerBuilder. It measures the level of difficulty (on a scale of one to 100, with lower scores indicating harder to fill) to recruit for a specific occupation based on demand, supply of active candidates, and total population working in it. The ASA Skills Gap Index concentrates on hiring indicator scores of 50 or less for hard-to-fill occupations, with a demand of 2,000 jobs or more. The ASA Skills Gap Index is updated quarterly.

Insperity Announces Record First-Quarter Results

Insperity Inc. News Release (05/01/15)

Insperity Inc. reported revenues of $699.5 million during the first quarter of 2015, up 9.8% from $637 million in the first quarter of 2014. Net income totaled $13.8 million, up 44.2% from $9.6 million in the year-ago quarter.

TeamHealth Acquires Professional Anesthesia Service Inc.

TeamHealth Holdings News Release (04/30/15)

TeamHealth Holdings Inc. has acquired the operations of Akron, OH-based Professional Anesthesia Service Inc., which serves several Akron-area hospitals and an ambulatory surgery center.

In Labor vs. Capital, Workers Gain a Slight Edge

Wall Street Journal (04/30/15) Greg Ip

Total salaries and benefits for U.S. employees in the first quarter of 2015 increased 1.2% from the previous quarter and 4.4% from a year ago. This is the biggest annual gain in pay since 2008. Labor’s share of gross domestic product also is on the rise.

The labor recovery is being driven by two forces. First, an acceleration in employment growth and a decline in the unemployment rate to 5.5%, which is near the level the U.S. Federal Reserve considers full employment. Second, with a growing share of companies citing difficulty finding employees, some are offering higher wages to attract or hold on to employees.

ASA Staffing Law Conference Delivers Important Industry Updates

The 2015 ASA Staffing Law Conference took place this week, boasting all-time records for staffing professional and exhibitor attendance. Conference highlights included updates on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Temporary Worker Initiative and the Affordable Care Act, for which in just over four months members have already implemented unique compliance strategies.

ASA Staffing Law Conference attendees should have received an email inviting them to provide feedback on their conference experience. Everyone who completes the survey will have the option of being entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card. If you did not receive a link to the survey, email Cynthia Poole or call 703-253-2048.

Welcome New ASA Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week ending April 26.

Athena Capital Management Group Inc.
Quincy, MA

ConQuest Recruitment
Corona, CA

Green Bay, WI

Integrity Technical Services Inc.
Tallmadge, OH

ZTNet Solutions
Irvine, CA

Eighth Circuit: Release Language on Cashed Settlement Checks for ‘Full Payment of Wages’ Is Insufficient to Release FLSA ClaimsM

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