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Axium, Chimes could be in financial trouble

January 8, 2008

Axium International, the parent of Ensemble Chimes Global, may be experiencing financial difficulties and could possibly be filing for bankruptcy, according to multiple sources. Ensemble Chimes Global President Michael Werblun and executive VP Lisa Quattrini are no longer with the company. Meanwhile,...

Healthcare firms merge

January 8, 2008

Healthcare staffing firm Nurses in Partnership, of Agoura Hills CA, has purchased Denver-based Health Talent Inc. Health Talent is a provider of international nurses in the United States with more than 200 nurses from India, according to Andy Paul, managing partner of Enhanced Capital Partners, one of...

People - MPS, CIO Partners, Heidrick

January 8, 2008

MPS Group Inc. (NYSE: MPS) said Jon Kerner, formerly of  EarthLink, has been named as the new chief information officer. Former MPS CIO and SVP Richard White will focus full-time as president of Beeline. "Beeline now has over 200 employees, 150 clients, oversight of over $2 billion in annual contingent...

Allegis buys largest legal search firm

January 8, 2008

Allegis Group said Monday it has acquired privately held legal search firm Major, Lindsey, and Africa. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 1982, Major, Lindsey, and Africa has offices in the United States, London, and Hong Kong. It's the largest legal search firm in America and has $50 million...

Worker confidence index hits low in December

January 7, 2008

Worker confidence fell in December, according to Spherion Corp.'s (NYSE: SFN) employee confidence index. The gauge dropped 0.9 of a point to 52.0 in December, its lowest level in 2007.

The percentage of employees who felt the economy was getting stronger was unchanged at 12%, while the number who believed...

Office openings - Microtech, Judge Group

January 7, 2008

Microtech Staffing Group, of Quincy MA, said it's opening offices in Woburn MA and Reston VA. The Woburn office will specialize in biotech placement and the Reston office will focus on information technology. The two new sites will raise the number of Microtech offices to 13.

The Judge Group said it...

Staffing Now names Eric Archer CEO

January 7, 2008

Staffing Now Inc. said today Eric Archer will serve as its CEO. Archer has more than 25 year of professional experience and has served as president of Hobart West Solutions, Esquire Solutions, and Spherion Corp.'s (NYSE: SFN) professional services group.

Staffing Now was acquired in November 2006 by...

Crying wolf •

January 7, 2008

Sona Sharma, research analyst at Staffing Industry Analysts, blogs on crying wolf over premature predictions of the staffing industry's demise. Click here.

Research from Staffing Industry Analysts

January 7, 2008

Here is a list of research reports, and citations to other research, released last week by Staffing Industry Analysts.

BRIEFING — December Employment Situation
Temp turnaround stalls; Nonfarm gain lowest in four years; Unemployment spikes up; Place and search hiring flat. For the report, click here...

Service-sector index slips

January 4, 2008

Economic growth in the service sector cooled in December, according to the Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing business activity index released today. The index fell to 53.9 in December from 54.1 in November. It was the lowest reading since March, however, index readings above 50 indicate...