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Canada’s economy to expand 1.4% this year

March 20, 2019

The Canadian economy will expand 1.4% in 2019, according to The Conference Board of Canada. A turnaround in business investment is required to push the economy to 2.0% growth next year, according to the Canadian Outlook: Spring 2019 Report.

“The weak growth that was evident at the end of 2018 is...


54% of independent professionals have a lot of choice in clients, up from 48% last year: MBO Partners report

March 20, 2019

As companies rely more on the growing cadre of skilled independent professionals, they must keep them satisfied by providing a positive experience and integrating them into corporate systems and culture, according to a new report from MBO Partners.

It found that 54% of independent professionals said they...


H-1B filing season nears; high demand expected (CWS 3.0)

March 20, 2019

The fiscal 2020 filing season launches next month for H-1B visas. CWS 3.0 reports the number of requests for such visas is expected to exceed their Congressionally mandated cap, although the number of petitions for such visas has been trending downward since federal fiscal year 2017.


Boston-based Bay Talent Group acquiring firms, plans listing on Canadian stock exchange (SmallCapPower)

March 20, 2019

In an interview with SmallCapPower, Bay Talent Group CEO Allan Hartley discusses plans to expand in Canada this year through acquisitions — particularly in Toronto and Vancouver — and become listed on the TSX Venture Exchange by spring. The Boston-based professional staffing firm also expects to...


Intermountain Staffing acquires Illinois-based staffing company

March 19, 2019

Intermountain Staffing acquired Seville Staffing, a temporary staffing company based in Romeoville, Ill.

Seville Staffing, founded in 1979, will retain its brand name. The firm targets the administrative, light industrial and skilled manufacturing segments. It primarily works with businesses, non-profits...


More than 80% of companies willing to hire candidates without required skillsets, providing training to fill roles

March 19, 2019

Companies are willing to hire applicants who don’t meet skills requirements and then train them to fill the roles, according to research released today by Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI).

A survey of HR managers found 42% of résumés they receive, on average, are from candidates who don’t...


Canada staffing index falls 6%; moderate year-over-year decline continues

March 19, 2019

The Canadian staffing index, which measures staffing activity in Canada, fell 6% in February on a year-over-year basis to a reading of 89.

“February typically provides the lowest index reading of the year due to its fewer number of working days,” said Timothy Landhuis, research director at Staffing...


Gender-diverse workforces create results — Staffing quote of the week

March 19, 2019

“Gender diverse workforces actually create results, because that’s becoming the norm of the perception of what a successful organization looks like,” Lauren Romansky, senior VP of HR at Gartner, told TechRepublic. “It becomes this self-fulfilling prophecy where we think if you are a capable,...


Apple’s H-1B visa whistleblower lawsuit dismissed (AppleInsider)

March 19, 2019

A federal judge in California las week dismissed a whistleblower’s lawsuit against Apple and global IT services and outsourcing provider Infosys that accused Apple of abusing the visa system to save money, AppleInsider reported. The lawsuit, which dates back to 2016, alleged Apple...


Internal staff want clear career progression, more training: SIA research

March 18, 2019

New responsibilities and job challenges topped a list of work experiences that most benefited the professional development of staffing firms’ internal staff, according to research recently released by Staffing Industry Analysts. The report also found they seek clearer career paths and opportunities...