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Tech Roundup: DoorDash updates tip model; Recruit invests in blockchain; Instacart adds benefits; AI firm reports funding

August 23, 2019

Human cloud firm DoorDash updated its controversial tip model. Global staffing firm Recruit Co. Ltd., which also owns Indeed and Glassdoor, announced an investment in a blockchain firm. Instacart, a human cloud firm, rolled out a new benefits package for its independent contractor shoppers. Talview,...

30 million Americans rely on freelance work as primary income source: MetLife report

August 23, 2019

A report released the week by insurance and benefits firm MetLife Inc. found that some 30 million Americans rely on what it refers to as “gig work” as their primary income source, and 67% of full-time employees indicated interest in such work over their current jobs. The report also found that another...

Job board operator Seek reports revenue up 18% for year

August 23, 2019

Revenue rose 18% at job board operator Seek Ltd. in its fiscal year ended June 30, the Melbourne, Australia-based company reported this week. Revenue grew organically amid a backdrop of easing macro-economic conditions.

Seek operates online job boards in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and in Mexico and...

Only 24% think it’s important to work at a firm that aligns with their political views

August 23, 2019

Only 24% of employees think it’s important to work at a company that aligns with their political views, according to a report from B2B ratings and reviews firm Clutch. And 60% of employees either don’t know or can’t tell if their political views align with their coworkers.

However, 40% of employees...

People: Volt, Pyramid Consulting, The Judge Group, G&A Partners, Upshift, PrideStaff

August 23, 2019

Volt Information Sciences Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: VISI) appointed Bob Houghton as chief information officer, based at the company’s corporate office in Orange, California. Houghton has more than 25 years of experience in IT, spending the past eight years at NetApp Inc. where he most recently served as...

US leading economic index rises for first time since April, but growth in second half to moderate

August 22, 2019

After two months of declines, The Conference Board reported its US Leading Economic Index rose in July, portending growth for the second half of this year but at a slower rate.

“The US [Leading Economic Index] increased in July, following back-to-back modest declines,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, senior...

Recruiter.com’s Q2 revenue rises on acquisition, but loss from operations widens; announces stock split

August 22, 2019

Recruiter.com Group Inc. (OTCMKTS: RCRT) — a website that links job seekers, recruiters and employers — this week reported second-quarter revenue rose to $1.5 million from $283,885 in the year-ago quarter, but the increase was a result of its March 31 acquisition of Genesys Talent LLC, a Houston-based...

Canadian staffing index falls 2% year over year, decline in volume continues

August 22, 2019

The Canadian staffing index, which reflects the volume of demand for temporary staffing in Canada, fell 2% in July on a year-over-year basis to a reading of 111, despite July 2019 having more working days.

“The index was down 2% in July versus last year in a month with 5% more working days,” said...

Finance execs say tech skills hardest to find when hiring: Robert Half

August 22, 2019

Technology experience and aptitude top the list of most difficult attributes to find in accounting and finance job candidates, according to a survey of US CFOs released today by Robert Half Finance & Accounting.

CFOs cited the following attributes as the hardest to find in accounting and finance job...

Bernie Sanders announces plan to fight IC misclassification, codify Browning-Ferris into law

August 22, 2019

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced a “Workplace Democracy Plan” that would make it more difficult for firms to classify workers as independent contractors. It would also codify the Browning-Ferris joint-employer standard into law and increase workers’ rights and expand unions....