Registration Now Open for Staffing World® 2015
Staffing World 2015, the largest, most comprehensive convention and expo in the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry, will take place Oct. 27–29 in Nashville, TN. Registration is now open—and you can save up to $300 per person when you register by June 12.
Get more information and register online at staffingworld.net.
Kavaliro Acquires California-Based Strategic Staffing Company, Hynes & Co.
Kavaliro News Release (05/04/15)
National staffing firm Kavaliro has acquired San Francisco-based staffing firm Hynes & Co. The acquisition will give Kavaliro a West Coast presence.
U.S. Factories Start Spring Solidly—Mostly
Wall Street Journal (05/01/15) Kathleen Madigan
U.S. factories began the spring with more production and orders, but indications of declining employment put a damper on the labor market. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of manufacturing activity stood at 51.5 in April, unchanged from March. Prior to April’s flat reading, the overall factory index had fallen for five consecutive months, signalling slower expansion. A reading under 50 signifies contracting activity. Meanwhile, the ISM’s employment index fell to 48.3 last month from 50.0 in March, reaching a level not seen since 2009.
Still, “with the exception of employment, the subcomponents look upbeat for manufacturing,” says Bradley J. Holcomb, who oversees the ISM’s factory survey. Furthermore, the end of the West Coast port slowdown means manufacturers can ship their products more easily.
Late April Consumer Sentiment Index Rises
Wall Street Journal (05/01/15) Eric Morath
Consumer optimism rose in April, signalling the potential for stronger economic growth after a lackluster first quarter. The University of Michigan’s final April sentiment index increased to 95.9 from a final March reading of 93.0. The most recent reading was the second highest since 2007.
“Consumer sentiment remains positive,” says BNP Paribas economist Laura Rosner. Sentiment readings and growing disposable income “are important factors behind our forecast for a bounce” in second-quarter consumer spending, she says.
Economists polled by the Wall Street Journal had forecast the final April index would increase slightly to 96.0 from the preliminary reading of 95.9.
Participate in the Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey
The association’s quarterly Staffing Employment and Sales Survey for the first quarter of 2015 is now open. Staffing firms that complete the brief survey will receive an exclusive report on the results—now enhanced with graphs and an executive summary. The report also includes representations of sector-level data.
The data collected by this survey enable ASA to track staffing sales and gross margin trends. Participate in the Staffing Employment and Sales Survey by May 27 to get the staffing industry information you’re looking for.
Register to take the survey, or view the questionnaire, at americanstaffing.net. The survey is sponsored by ASA research partner CareerBuilder, and there are no fees to participate.
Free ASA Webinar Next Month—Sponsoring Foreign Workers
Has your firm considered recruiting international talent to fill information technology and engineering positions? Find out how to take advantage of the H-1B visa program, which allows U.S. employers to sponsor and temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations, during the ASA webinar “H-1B Sponsorship—What Staffing Firms Must Know.” It takes place Tuesday, June 2, 3–4 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 americanstaffing.net.