Energy staffing platform announces $300 million funding round

RigUp, an online staffing platform for the energy industry, announced it raised $300 million in a series D funding round. It brings total funding raised by the firm to $450 million. Austin, Texas-based RigUp matches contact workers with energy companies in the upstream, renewables, midstream and downstream sectors, according to the company. Gross service volume … Read moreEnergy staffing platform announces $300 million funding round

World may avoid recession, but separate report says US manufacturing is already in one

Overall, the global economy will avoid a recession — assuming no escalation of major geo-political risk — and improve in 2020, The Conference Board said in a report released Thursday. However, a separate report by The Wall Street Journal found that 65.3% of private-sector economists said the US manufacturing sector is in a recession, The … Read moreWorld may avoid recession, but separate report says US manufacturing is already in one

World may avoid recession, but separate report says US manufacturing is in one

The overall, global economy will avoid a recession — assuming no escalation of major geo-political risk — and improve in 2020, The Conference Board said in a report released Thursday. However, a separate report by The Wall Street Journal found that 65.3% of private-sector economists said the US manufacturing sector was in a recession, The … Read moreWorld may avoid recession, but separate report says US manufacturing is in one

Infosys revenue up 10% in fiscal second quarter

IT services firm Infosys Ltd. (NYSE: INFY) reported revenue rose 9.9% in its fiscal second quarter ended Sept. 30; the increase was 11.4% in constant currency. The fastest revenue growth was in India. (US$ millions) Q2 2020 Q2 2019 % change % constant currency Revenue $3,210 $2,921 9.9% 11.4% Gross profit $1,070 $1,037 3.2%   … Read moreInfosys revenue up 10% in fiscal second quarter

Canada adds 53,700 jobs in September with gains in full-time and self-employed

Canada added 53,700 jobs in September from August for total employment of almost 19.2 million with growth in full-time jobs and among the self-employed, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by Statistics Canada. The number of full-time jobs rose by 70,000 but that was partially offset by a decline of 16,300 part-time jobs. Employment … Read moreCanada adds 53,700 jobs in September with gains in full-time and self-employed

Uber to acquire Latin America-based grocery delivery platform

Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER) announced today that it will acquire Cornershop, a grocery delivery platform based in Santiago, Chile. The deal is expected to close early next year subject to regulatory approval. Plans call for Cornershop to operate under its current leadership, but Uber will have majority representation on its board. “In 2015 we … Read moreUber to acquire Latin America-based grocery delivery platform

People: Field Nation, Advanced Group, Korn Ferry, TalentRise, CareerArc, AtWork

B2B online staffing provider Field Nation named Jason Woods as CFO. Woods has more than 20 years of experience in finance and leadership. Woods most recently served at SAP Concur, where he held several senior finance roles, including CFO. Staffing firm Advanced Group named Jeffrey Wolniakowski as chief information officer. Wolniakowski previously served as CIO … Read morePeople: Field Nation, Advanced Group, Korn Ferry, TalentRise, CareerArc, AtWork

Referrals: 78% of staffing firms have bonus programs for referring temporary workers

A majority of staffing firms, 78%, offer bonuses for referrals of temporary worker candidates, according to a report released Tuesday by Staffing Industry Analysts. The research found the median bonus offered by professional staffing firms was $500 while the median offered by commercial staffing firms was less than $100. A majority of firms also offered … Read moreReferrals: 78% of staffing firms have bonus programs for referring temporary workers

Four structural drivers affecting the US economy: Dallas Fed chief

Four key structural drivers are impacting growth in the US economy, making its growth slower today than in the 1980s and 1990s, according to an essay by Robert Kaplan, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The four key drivers are: Demographic trends Technology, technology-enabled disruption and education/skills training Globalization and trade … Read moreFour structural drivers affecting the US economy: Dallas Fed chief

Onboarding is an often-overlooked way to retain employees: Express Employment Professionals

Many employers are ignoring onboarding as a way to retain employees even amid unemployment at near record lows, according Express Employment Professionals. “Onboarding is frequently overlooked as a key element of employee retention,” said Shane DeCoste, Express franchise owner in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “Proper onboarding protects the investment employers make by ensuring that a new … Read moreOnboarding is an often-overlooked way to retain employees: Express Employment Professionals

73% check email after work hours: Hays

Global staffing firm Hays plc reported today that 73% of professionals check their job email outside of work hours, citing data from a survey for more than 2,700 people across the globe. Of those who check their email after work, the survey found that 54% say they do so in order to keep on top … Read more73% check email after work hours: Hays

New York could follow California in human cloud IC classification fight (Bloomberg Law)

New York State could become the next legislative battleground over the independent contractor status that is given some workers by human cloud/on-demand staffing platforms, Bloomberg Law reported. Some lawmakers in the Empire State are taking a look at independent contractors classifications after the passage of the AB 5 law in California and its tougher test … Read moreNew York could follow California in human cloud IC classification fight (Bloomberg Law)

Tech Headlines: Nonemployee management app raises $11 million; AI bot maker lands $6.5 million funding round; Recruit investment

Utmost, the maker of an app to manage nonemployee workers, announced a funding round. Separately, AI bot maker Talenya raised $6.5 million, and staffing firm Recruit Co. Ltd. invested in a company operating in the blockchain space. Utmost Utmost, the maker of an app aimed at managing nonemployee workers, raised $11.2 million in a series … Read moreTech Headlines: Nonemployee management app raises $11 million; AI bot maker lands $6.5 million funding round; Recruit investment

Census Bureau to begin temporary recruitment for 2020 Census, hiring 500,000

The US Census Bureau launched its campaign to recruit temporary workers for the 2020 Census, which includes approximately 500,000 census takers. Work begins in the spring of 2020, but peak recruiting efforts are taking place now, according to the Census Bureau. The agency is targeting holiday seasonal workers, students, retirees and workers in the gig … Read moreCensus Bureau to begin temporary recruitment for 2020 Census, hiring 500,000

Union leaders call for signing of Ontario’s ‘Workplace Safety and Insurance Act” after temp worker’s death

Union leaders in Ontario have written an open letter to Doug Ford, the premier of Ontario, calling for him to sign the “Workplace Safety and Insurance Act” in the wake of a contingent worker’s death at Fiera Foods in Toronto. “As you know, on Wednesday, September 25, Enrico Miranda, a father of two, was killed … Read moreUnion leaders call for signing of Ontario’s ‘Workplace Safety and Insurance Act” after temp worker’s death

Job openings down 1.7% in August, quits fall by 142,000

Job openings fell by 1.7% in August from July, representing little change, according to data released today by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of separations was also little changed at 5.6 million in August. Separations includes both layoffs and discharges as well as quits. The BLS noted the number of quits in … Read moreJob openings down 1.7% in August, quits fall by 142,000

Online job ads index falls in September from August, but remains up over year

The Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine Index fell to a reading of 103.0 in September from 104.4 in August, a decline of 1.3%; however, it’s still up 0.8% when compared to a year ago. In the Midwest, North Dakota decreased 3.5% and Ohio decreased 1.9%. In the Northeast, Maine fell 4.9% and New York decreased … Read moreOnline job ads index falls in September from August, but remains up over year

Top court refuses to hear Amazon.com suit involving staffing firm employees, security screenings (Reuters)

Reuters reported the US Supreme Court rejected a bid by Amazon.com and staffing firm Integrity Staffing Solutions to avoid a lawsuit over workers claiming they should be compensated for going through end-of-shift security screenings. The Supreme Court had ruled in 2014 that going through security screenings was not compensable to employees. Since that ruling, the … Read moreTop court refuses to hear Amazon.com suit involving staffing firm employees, security screenings (Reuters)

PageGroup Q3 gross profit up 5.6%, but firm cites macroeconomic and political uncertainty

PageGroup gross profit rose 5.6% in constant currency in the third quarter, with the firm citing macroeconomic and political uncertainty. Gross profit at the UK-based staffing provider had risen 19.7% on a year-over-year basis in the third quarter of 2018. “We saw standout performances in Germany, India and Latin America, as well as a strong … Read morePageGroup Q3 gross profit up 5.6%, but firm cites macroeconomic and political uncertainty

Robert Walters reports softening across a number of markets, but Q3 gross profit up 2%

Robert Walters plc, a global staffing provider based in the UK, reported third-quarter net fee income, or gross profit, rose 2% in constant currency amid global uncertainty in several of its markets; the uncertainty included Brexit, US-China trade tensions and Hong Kong protests. In the third quarter of 2018, gross profit had risen 13% year … Read moreRobert Walters reports softening across a number of markets, but Q3 gross profit up 2%

Medical Solutions announced today that it closed on its acquisition of C&A Industries on Monday. Both Medical Solutions and C&A Industries rank among the largest healthcare staffing providers in the US; C&A also includes other staffing business lines. “We have a remarkable opportunity ahead of us as we join our two companies together, enabling us … Read more

Former IT staffing exec gets more than seven years in prison; must pay $1.1 million in restitution

An IT staffing firm executive was sentenced to more than seven years in prison last month for mail fraud and tax crimes and must pay more than $1.1 million restitution, the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington reported. “This was the largest and most sophisticated H-1B visa fraud scheme we have prosecuted … Read moreFormer IT staffing exec gets more than seven years in prison; must pay $1.1 million in restitution

Word of the week: Employer of record

Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER) announced last week it formally launched its Uber Work industrial staffing app in the city of Chicago, and it’s using two staffing firms to supply employer of record services for the offering. Staffing Industry Analysts’ lexicon defines employer of record as: “At times a technical and legal term. Defined as … Read moreWord of the week: Employer of record

Nearly half of workers quit a job because of a bad boss

Nearly half of workers, 49%, have quit a job because of a bad boss, according to survey results released today by Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI). “We’ve all heard horror stories about difficult managers — or experienced one firsthand,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. “Work styles and how well a … Read moreNearly half of workers quit a job because of a bad boss

Temp staffing revenue growth decelerates in latest Pulse Report

Growth in temporary staffing revenue decelerated in August, according to the latest Pulse Survey by Staffing Industry Analysts released last week. Year-over-year revenue growth in temporary staffing slowed to a median 7% in August from 9% in the previous Pulse Survey covering the month for June. Industrial staffing fell to a median 2% on a … Read moreTemp staffing revenue growth decelerates in latest Pulse Report

US economy to keep expanding but will slow to below 2% growth in 2020

US economic growth will continue in 2020, but the rate of growth will slow to below 2%, according to the macroeconomic forecast released today by the National Association for Business Economics, a professional association for those who use economics in their work. “NABE Outlook Survey panelists believe the US economy will continue to expand into … Read moreUS economy to keep expanding but will slow to below 2% growth in 2020

Labor market still expanding, but index points to a likely deceleration

In September, The Conference Board’s Employment Trend Index posted an increase following a slight decline in August — consistent with a still expanding but decelerating labor market. “The Employment Trends Index still remains on a flat trend since the summer of 2018. The behavior of the ETI is consistent with a continued expansion of the … Read moreLabor market still expanding, but index points to a likely deceleration

Wipro completes acquisition of IT services firm TechneGroup

IT service provider Wipro Ltd. (NYSE: WIT) announced Friday that it completed its acquisition of International TechneGroup Inc., a provider of software and services in the computer-aided design and product lifecycle management space. Wipro initially announced the deal to acquire Milford, Ohio-based TechneGroup for $45 million on June 5. In addition to the US, TechneGroup … Read moreWipro completes acquisition of IT services firm TechneGroup

Employment growth to slow over the coming decade: BLS

Employment growth will be slower during the upcoming decade, 2018-2028, but healthcare jobs are projected to represent 18 of the 30 fastest-growing occupations, according to an article by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. It forecast an annual growth rate in employment of 0.5% between 2018 and 2028; that’s slower than the annual growth rate … Read moreEmployment growth to slow over the coming decade: BLS

Conflict and legal clashes over classifying workers as independent contractors (Staffing Industry Review)

Conflict over classification of workers as employees or independent contractors is leading to legal clashes, writes attorney Eric Rumbaugh in Staffing Industry Review magazine. Rumbaugh cites five areas where legal issues are affecting the engagement of independent contractors, including use of arbitration agreements and the ABC test in California. Read the article in Staffing Industry … Read moreConflict and legal clashes over classifying workers as independent contractors (Staffing Industry Review)

Temp jobs up by 10,000 in US with penetration rate ticking up; jobless rate lowest since 1969

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics today reported temp jobs rose by 10,200 in September from August for a total of 3.04 million; the number of temp jobs in August was revised downward by only 3,500. Data was seasonally adjusted. Temporary workers as a percent of the workforce — the temp penetration rate — ticked … Read moreTemp jobs up by 10,000 in US with penetration rate ticking up; jobless rate lowest since 1969

TMP acquires Netherlands-based advertising tech firm

TMP Worldwide, a recruitment advertising agency based in New York, announced that it acquired Maximum, a recruitment marketing tech company based in the Netherlands. “With the addition of Maximum, and the recent acquisition of Perengo to deliver additional programmatic expertise to our clients, we are demonstrating our strategic commitment to devoting resources to the European … Read moreTMP acquires Netherlands-based advertising tech firm

People: EmployBridge, Trusted Health, iWorkGlobal, CoWorx, ManpowerGroup, JobDiva, talentReef, Freedom

EmployBridge announced Mark Neas joined as chief sales officer. Prior to joining EmployBridge, Neas served for two years as CEO of a $200 million industrial services company in Houston. His background also includes 14 years at Honeywell and seven years at Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services. Online nurse staffing platform Trusted Health named Becky Khan … Read morePeople: EmployBridge, Trusted Health, iWorkGlobal, CoWorx, ManpowerGroup, JobDiva, talentReef, Freedom

Illinois lawmaker eyes independent contractors legislation similar to California’s AB 5 (Crain’s Chicago Business)

An Illinois legislator is preparing legislation that will be similar to California’s AB 5 bill that some say will make it more difficult for human cloud firms to classify workers as independent contractors, Crain’s Chicago Business reported. The lawmaker looking at this is state Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago. Separately, California’s governor signed AB 5 into … Read moreIllinois lawmaker eyes independent contractors legislation similar to California’s AB 5 (Crain’s Chicago Business)

Report claims aggressive testing of facial recognition software by Google temps (The New York Daily News)

The New York Daily News reported that Google and Randstad used temporary workers to aggressively target people on the street, especially those with darker skin, to test new facial recognition technology. The newspaper cited anonymous sources that said survey subjects were told they weren’t being recorded when they were and the temporary workers were told … Read moreReport claims aggressive testing of facial recognition software by Google temps (The New York Daily News)

Uber formally launches industrial staffing app

Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER) announced the rollout of its Uber Works industrial staffing app in a blog post. For now, Uber Works is operating only in Chicago, and the company is working with staffing firms including TalentBurst and TrueBlue Inc. (NYSE: TBI). Workers are classified as employees. “Uber Works app users can get detailed … Read moreUber formally launches industrial staffing app

Uber formally launches industrial job app, partners with staffing firms

Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER) announced the rollout of its Uber Works industrial staffing app in a blog post. For now, Uber Works is operating only in Chicago, and the company is working with staffing firms including TalentBurst and TrueBlue Inc. (NYSE: TBI). Workers are classified as employees. “Uber Works app users can get detailed … Read moreUber formally launches industrial job app, partners with staffing firms

57 million Americans freelance, US income is nearly $1 trillion: Upwork

An estimated 57 million Americans are freelancing this year — up from 56.7 million in 2018 — and their income is nearly $1 trillion, according to the report “Freelancing in America: 2019,” released today by online staffing firm Upwork Inc. (NASDAQ: UPWK) and Freelancers Union. The report, which has been done since 2014, also found … Read more57 million Americans freelance, US income is nearly $1 trillion: Upwork