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Workers less upbeat about new year

December 19, 2007

U.S. workers are less optimistic about the job market heading into 2008 than they were heading into 2007, according to a new survey by Hudson, part of the Hudson Highland Group Inc. (NASD: HHGP). The new survey found that 21% of workers think their employment prospects will be worse in the new year,...


Judge to decide on letting Arizona law take effect

December 19, 2007

A federal judge plans to rule by the end of the week on whether Arizona's employer sanctions law will go into effect Jan. 1, the Arizona Republic newspaper reported. The law targets illegal workers by getting tough on employers. It would require employers to use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's...


Special Counsel acquires Prescott Legal

December 19, 2007

Special Counsel, the legal staffing division of Jacksonville FL-based MPS Group Inc. (NYSE: MPS), acquired Prescott Legal Search Inc. and Prescott Legal Professionals, Houston-based legal staffing providers. Terms of the transaction were not announced.

Prescott provides full-time and contract attorneys...


Heidrick forms foundation

December 18, 2007

Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. (NASD: HSII) announced on Dec. 13 the formation of the Heidrick & Struggles Foundation, an independent nonprofit association that aims to support charitable organizations that promote self improvement through leadership, education, and literacy efforts.

"Establishing...


CFOs also account for 'soft skills'

December 18, 2007

More than half of chief financial officers, 53%, would hire someone with fewer technical skills if the person had a stronger "soft skills" such as communication or interpersonal abilities, according to a survey by Robert Half Management Resources, a division of Robert Half International (NYSE: RHI)....


Labor Ready shifts to TrueBlue today

December 18, 2007

Labor Ready Inc. — the 14th-largest staffing firm according to Staffing Industry Analysts — officially changes its name today to TrueBlue Inc. (NYSE: TBI). The company first announced the new moniker on Nov. 15.

"Each of our brands, Labor Ready, Spartan Staffing, CLP Resources, and PlaneTechs, will...


TSR announces stock repurchase program

December 18, 2007

TSR Inc. (NASD: TSRI), a Hauppauge NY-based information technology staffing firm, on Monday said its board approved the repurchase of up to 300,000 shares. There's no time limit on the repurchase. The company said it has 4.5 million shares outstanding.


Research from Staffing Industry Analysts

December 17, 2007

Here is a list of research reports released last week by Staffing Industry Analysts.

INSIGHT - Dental staffing update
The United States is projected to add 82,000 jobs for dental assistants in the decade between 2006 and 2016, a 29.2% increase. Meanwhile, jobs for dental hygienists are expected to increase...


People - CIBER, AMN

December 17, 2007

CIBER Inc. (NYSE: CBR) named Stephen Kurtz to its board of directors. Kurtz is a co-managing member of Mankwitz Kurtz Investments LLC, a Denver-based private equity firm.

Susan Nowakowski, president and CEO of AMN Healthcare Services Inc. (NYSE: AHS), has been elected to the board of Beckman Coulter,...


Vedior responds to investors association

December 17, 2007

Vedior NV responded to concerns from the Dutch Investors' Association (VEB) in a letter posted on its Web site Friday.

Reuters had reported that the group, VEB, said it might sue the staffing firm for shareholder losses because it didn't respond adequately to rumors of a takeover offer. Vedior shares...