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  • Uber drivers average $11.77 per hour, report also looks at size of on-demand economy

    Uber drivers make an average of $11.77 per hour after deducting Uber fees and vehicle expenses, according to a report this week by the Economic Policy Institute that looked at Uber and the online platform, gig economy space as a whole.That compares to the $32.06 average hourly compensation of private-sector workers and less than the $14.99 average hourly compensation in the lowest-paid major occupation (service occupation workers).“Discretionary compensation” after deducting Uber fees, vehicle expenses and mandatory Social Security/Medicare taxes that independent contractors must pay average $10.87 an hour, according to the report. If a driver adds a modest benefits package, that would bring the wage to $9.21 per hour.The report also found that gig economy workers who work through online platforms represent just 0.1% of national full-time equivalent employment in the US and 0.034% of total national compensation.It noted Uber drivers earn low wages and gig economy compensation represents a small part of the overall economy, reinforcing some skepticism over the potential role of the gig economy in the future of work.However, “the low pay and small economic weight of Uber and the gig economy overall, coupled with the fact that Uber drivers and other gig workers are mostly working on a part-time basis as a way to earn supplementary income, argue for a change in perspective,” said Lawrence Mishel, EPI distinguished fellow and author of the report. “There is a lot of hype around Uber and the gig economy. But in any conference on the future of work, Uber and the gig economy deserve at most a workshop, not a plenary.&rdquo […]

  • EEOC files discrimination suit; staffing firm says charges aren’t true

    The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a discrimination lawsuit against Staffing Solutions of WNY Inc, a Buffalo, NY-based staffing provider. However, the firm in a statement denied the EEOC’s charges.The EEOC contends Staffing Solutions, which places employees with clients throughout Western New York, either refused to hire highly qualified black applicants or placed them in the lowest paying, least desirable jobs. Further, EEOC alleges that Staffing Solutions’ owner, Kathleen Faulhaber, instructed her staff to comply with clients’ race and sex preferences, placed employees in positions based on race and sex, and rejected pregnant applicants. Additionally, the complaint alleges that applicants over the age of 50, applicants with disabilities, and those whom the company deemed disabled were routinely rejected by Staffing Solutions.The EEOC also charges that an office manager for Staffing Solutions complained about the illegal hiring practices and voiced objections to Faulhaber’s repeated use of racial slurs, but was warned that she would be fired if she failed to comply. The office manager felt she had no choice but to resign, according to the complaint.The EEOC filed the lawsuit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.In a statement provided to Staffing Industry Analysts, Staffing Solutions founder and owner Kathleen Faulhaber said the allegations are meritless but the filing came as no surprise. “It was clear in our dealings with the EEOC over the last year that their ultimate intent was litigation,” Faulhaber said in the statement. “What is shocking and disturbing is that our former Staffing Solutions employee, Tammy Iser, filed such a claim and the substance of her complaint. She alleges that I used racial epithets toward African American applicants, rejected older and pregnant job applicants and followed the race and sex preferences of clients. If what Ms. Iser alleges is true, then why would I have hired and promoted her — an older woman with a criminal record? The fact of the matter is, it was only after Ms. Iser abruptly quit her employment with my company, providing no notice and no good reason, that she made the multiple allegations cited in this claim. Additionally, I have discovered that Ms. Iser and the EEOC have partnered in the past on a case similar to this, against a different employer, for which I believe she was paid handsomely. I feel totally set up in this circumstance as Ms. Iser, in her role as our office manager, would have had the power and access to do all of the things listed in the EEOC Complaint, such as documenting and destroying files.”The company also reported comments by its client, Trey Way:“Staffing Solutions is a great Temp Agency. I did a walk-in sign up with no appointment and had a job that same day working a 12-hour full time temp-to-permanent job with optional over time,” Way said in a statement. “It’s not a racist place. I’m a black guy with tattoos and the staffing guy was cool and helpful. I would recommend it to anyone.”Attorney Ginger Schroder, founding partner in Schroder Joseph and Associates, is representing Staffing Solutions and Faulhaber in the EEOC lawsuit. Schroder said she sees the case as a growing example of government abuse.“The allegations in this lawsuit are outrageous as well as complete and utter lies,” Schroder said. “I am shocked that a government agency could manufacture such allegations out of thin air and actually file them in court and I look forward to presenting evidence that will prove the reputation of my client as an upstanding business owner and community leader, as opposed to the accuser who is a documented criminal.”The case, EEOC v. Staffing Solutions of WNY, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:18-cv-00562, was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of New York. The EEOC seeks back pay; compensatory, liquidated, and punitive damages; and injunctive relief. […]

  • Canadian staffing index up 8% year over year

    The Canadian staffing index, which measures staffing activity in Canada, rose 8% in April on a year-over-year basis to a reading of 107.“April’s strong year-over-year growth can be largely attributed to the greater number of working days this year,” said Maxim Kupfer, research analyst at Staffing Industry Analysts. “There were two additional working days this month compared to last year.”On a month-over-month basis, the index rose 2% in April.The Canadian Staffing Index measures the hours of labor performed by a sampling of temporary and contract workers in the staffing industry. Staffing Industry Analysts produces the index on behalf of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services. […]

  • Hawaii posts lowest jobless rate in April, three states hit record lows

    Hawaii posted the lowest unemployment rate among all states in April at 2.0%, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. New Hampshire and North Dakota followed, both at 2.6% on a seasonally adjusted basis.Alaska recorded the highest jobless rate among all states at 7.3% in April.California, Hawaii and Wisconsin hit their lowest rates since 1976, when the series began: 4.2%, 2.0% and 2.8%, respectively.The national unemployment rate was 3.9%, 0.5 percentage point lower than in April 2017. […]

  • Job growth, falling unemployment indicate tighter labor market for Mexico

    Strong job growth and falling unemployment point to a tighter job market in Mexico, according to an update on the Mexican economy by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.Formal sector employment in Mexico — jobs with government benefits and pensions — grew at an annualized rate of 2.9% in March and is up 4.3% year to date (annualized).The unemployment rate for Mexico was 3.2% in March, down from 3.5% a year earlier.Looking to the overall economy, Mexico’s gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate fo 4.5% in the first quarter — its highest quarterly growth since mid-2016. […]

  • France – Q1 temporary employment rises by 8% year over year

    Temporary employment in France rose by 8.2% year over year in the first quarter, adding 56,800 jobs to a total of 745,900, according to a report this week from the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies *The year-over-year increase in temporary employment was strong, according to Insee. The quarter-over-quarter increase was 0.3%, representing 2,600 jobs. The agency reported the quarterly increase was moderate compared to that of the fourth quarter when temporary jobs rose by 14,700 over the previous month.Overall, total private employment in France rose 1.4% year over year, or by 270,200 jobs to 19.3 million.In a separate report released earlier this month, Prism’Emploi, the French association of employment agencies, reported the number of temporary workers in France rose by 10.4% year over year in March 2018. […]

  • UK – Gattaca announces awarded four year defence procurement contract

    Specialist engineering and professional services staffing firm Gattaca (GATC:LSE) announced a four-year agreement with Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) — the Ministry of Defence procurement organisation responsible for equipping and supporting the UK’s armed forces. Gattaca will support the recruitment of employees across the UK and overseas and assist in the development of new candidate attraction techniques. It will also support the employee onboarding process. In addition to the recruitment of engineering and technology professionals, Gattaca will support the recruitment of other employees, covering functions such as project management, logistics, finance, commercial and project controls. Gattaca will also support the development of DE&S’ employer brand, promoting the organisation as an employer of choice for entry level and experienced professionals.“Throughout our 33 years’ partnering with organisations across the engineering and technology industries, Gattaca has recruited thousands of people who have helped deliver some of the UK’s biggest engineering projects, including the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers,” said Gattaca COO Keith Lewis. “Our experience within the defence industry has allowed us to build in-depth knowledge and strong connections with talented people. It is this focus and our proven expertise of wider talent management solutions that makes us the best choice provider.”As part of the strategy of the company announced in 2017, it plans to increase its focus on developing value added solutions including RPO and MSP. It is already servicing clients like Unisys for RPO and MSP services. […]

  • Netherlands – Brunel elects new chairman of its supervisory board

    Energy staffing firm Brunel (BRNL: NA) announced that Aat Schouwenaar was elected on Monday as chairman of the supervisory board to replace Daan van Doorn, who is retiring from the post.Doorn served three terms on the supervisory board, first joining in 2006.In addition, Peter de Laat was reappointed to the board of directors for four years.Brunel's revenue rose 11% to EUR 214 million in the first quarter of this year. The company appointed a new CEO, Jilko Andringa last year to succeed Jan Arie van Barneveld. […]

  • World – Some 65% of execs say external workforce essential to operating at full capacity: SAP Fieldglass

    A survey by VMS provider SAP Fieldglass and Oxford Economics found that 65% of executives say their external workforce is essential for operating at full capacity.  Further, 46% said they would not be able to conduct business as usual without it.The survey included 800 executives across 14 countries representing director level and above and coming from procurement, HR/talent management, IT and finance functions at companies with revenue of more than $500 million.The survey asked, "How important is the external workforce in meeting the following business goals?" Those responding “Important” and “very important": Developing or improving products and services, 68% Increasing speed to market, 66% Operating at full capacity/meeting market demands, 65% Increasing organizational agility, 64% Achieving sustainability goals/shrinking our carbon footprint, 62% Managing costs, 60% Reducing risk, 54% In addition, 62% say their external workforce improves their company’s’ overall financial performance.“Despite the increasingly strategic nature of the external workforce and its importance at the core of business today, the visibility into this talent remains limited,” SAP Fieldglass President Rob Brimm said. “The C-suite could be doing more to maximize the return businesses realize from their external workforce.”Executives reported roughly 44% of overall workforce spend represents external workers.“Our research points to a small group of companies, the pacesetters, who demonstrate markedly superior performance than their peers in their ability to manage and extract value from their external workforce,” Brimm said. […]

  • India – Quess Corp Q4 up 53% supported by acquisitions

    Staffing provider Quess Corp on Thursday reported revenue from operations rose 53% in its fiscal fourth quarter ended 31 March 2018 amid a number of acquisition, including the purchase of job board Monster’s Asia Pacific operations in February for approximately USD 14 million.Total combined fourth-quarter revenue for the Bangalore, India-based company was INR 18.91 billion (USD 291 million). (INR millions) Q4 2018 Q4 2017 % change Q4 2018 (USD millions) Revenue from operations                             18,908                            12,395 53%                                                           291 Profit for the period                                   758                                  333 127%                                                             12 Quess Corp reported it added approximately 43,000 associates during the year in its general staffing business, saying it’s the largest staffing service provider in the country.The company’s board also announced yesterday that the firm acquired a 36% stake in Comtel Solutions Pte. Ltd. in Singapore with an investment of up to SGD 22 million (USD 16.4 million). It also agreed to acquire a 49% stake in Comtelpro Pte. Limited in Singapore with an investment of up to SGD 500,000 (USD 372,616). Full-year revenue (INR millions) FY 2018 FY 2017 % change FY 2018 (USD millions) Revenue from operations                             61,673                            43,149 43%                                                           948 Profit for the period                               3,098                               1,219 154%                                                             48 Quote“We are pleased with another year of solid growth in FY’18. Within a span of 10 years from inception, we have achieved an annualized revenue in excess of billion (USD) on the basis of our last quarter revenue run rate,” Chairman and Managing Director Ajit Isaac said. Share price and market capQuess shares closed down 1.26% Thursday to INR 1,177.20 on the National Stock Exchange.The company’s shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange closed up 0.28% to INR 1,189.00. […]

  • India – TeamLease Q4 up 20%, but net profit falls 36%

    TeamLease Services Limited on Wednesday reported INR 9.78 billion (USD 150 million) in revenue from operations net of taxes in its fiscal fourth quarter ended 31 March 2018 — representing an increase of 20%. The increase for the full year was 43%, but was approximately 18% on an organic basis. TeamLease also announced C. Mruthunjaya Murthy resigned as company secretary and compliance officer.The India-based staffing provider noted several acquisitions between September 2016 to November 2017 that impacted revenue, including ASAP, Nichepro, Keystone Business Solutions Private Limited, and Evolve Technologies and Services Private Limited.The company also made acquisitions of Fresher’s World and Schoolguru in the past year.Net profit for the fourth quarter fell 36%. (INR millions) Q4 2018 Q4 2017 % change Q4 2018 (USD millions) Revenue from operations (net of taxes)                               9,775                               8,170 20%                                                           150 Net profit for the period                                   212                                  332 -36%                                                               3 The company also reported segment revenue. General staffing and allied services includes temporary staffing and payroll, specialised staffing includes IT and telecom staffing operations, and other HR services which includes permanent placement and other services. Revenue by segment (INR millions) Q4 2018 Q4 2017 % change Q4 2018 (USD millions) General staffing and allied services                               8,830                               7,806 13%                                                           136 Specialised staffing services                                   728                                  587 24%                                                             11 Other HR services                                   217                                  130 67%                                                               3 Quote“We have forayed into digital space through acquisitions of Fresher’s World and Schoolguru this year,” Managing Director Ashok Reddy said. “We remain confident of sustaining the margin expansion through scale and transformation while holding ourselves to our primary metrics of return on capital and cashflow generation.” Full-year earnings (INR millions) FY 2018 FY 2017 % change FY 2018 (USD millions) Revenue from operations (net of taxes)                             36,241                            30,413 43%                                                           557 Net profit for the year                                   735                                  576 28%                                                             11 Share price and market capTeamLease shares closed up 4.73% Thursday to INR 2,883.10 on the National Stock Exchange.The company’s shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange closed up 4.38% Thursday to INR 2,884.80. […]

  • Japan – Human Holdings FY net sales up 6%, gross margin improves

    Human Holdings Co. Ltd. (2415:JP), a management services company provider of human resource and employment services in Japan,reported that net sales rose 5.8% in its fiscal year ended 31 March 2018 to JPY 78.76 billion (USD 741 million). Gross margin improved at the Japan-based staffing provider. (JPY thousands) FY 2017 FY 2016 % change FY 2017 (USD thousands) Net sales                    78,763,428                    74,416,948 5.8%                                                  741,164 Gross profit                    21,828,431                    20,471,021 6.6%                                                  205,406 Gross margin 27.7% 27.5%     Operating profit                       1,895,621                      1,847,800     Profit                       1,131,076                      1,002,481 12.8%                                                     10,643 The company posted an impairment loss of JPY 114.4 million (USD 1.0 million) for the previous fiscal year, and an impairment loss of JPY 68.5 million (USD 645,000) in the most recent fiscal year.Human Holdings forecast net sales for the current fiscal year to rise 9.2% […]

  • Australia – Number of jobs rise in April, but unemployment rate increased by 5.6%

    The seasonally adjusted number of people employed in Australia rose by 22,600 in April from March to a total of approximately 12.5 million, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced Thursday. However, the monthly unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage points  from the previous month to 5.6%.Full-time employment increased by 32,700 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis to approximately 8.5 million. The number of part-time jobs fell by 10,000 to a total of approximately 3.9 million.Year-over-year, the number of people employed rose 2.7% on a seasonally adjusted basis.However, the ABC reported that the number of jobs created was only marginally ahead of market expectations after two months of soft growth. […]

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    Key Findings There are multiple ways in which the different categories of contingent work can benefit employers, workers and society. It should not be assumed that employers are always in the driver’s seat when determining who they employ and who they engage on a contingent basis. Highly skilled workers may only be prepared to offer their services on a contingent basis, regardless of whether an employer wishes to employ them or not. Flexibility is a two-way street, and many contingent workers proactively choose this way of working to suit their lifestyle or in order to meet family obligations. The world of work is fluid and many workers will supplement their employed income with different forms of contingent work – and contingent workers themselves may cross categories multiple times –independent contractors taking on occasional temporary agency work assignments or temporary agency workers dabbling in human cloud roles. Compared to unregulated informal work, the rights and protections afforded by contingent work are a considerable improvement, and the growth of properly regulated contingent work in emerging economies is better perceived as real social progress rather than undermining the status of employed workers. Freelancing via an online staffing platform can be a way to provide the dignity and security of work among the most impoverished communities in the world. It would be foolish to suggest that all contingent work is good, for the same reasons that it would be foolish to say that all employed work is good. Exploitation and poor working conditions exist across all forms of work; bad employers will always try to cut corners regardless of the type of contract under which work is being supplied. To download the complete report, please select the following link:  The Case for Contingent Work 20180517 - You do not have permission to view this object. […]

  • Largest Direct Hire Firms Globally

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    Key Findings There are multiple ways in which the different categories of contingent work can benefit employers, workers and society. It should not be assumed that employers are always in the driver’s seat when determining who they employ and who they engage on a contingent basis. Highly skilled workers may only be prepared to offer their services on a contingent basis, regardless of whether an employer wishes to employ them or not. Flexibility is a two-way street, and many contingent workers proactively choose this way of working to suit their lifestyle or in order to meet family obligations. The world of work is fluid and many workers will supplement their employed income with different forms of contingent work – and contingent workers themselves may cross categories multiple times –independent contractors taking on occasional temporary agency work assignments or temporary agency workers dabbling in human cloud roles. Compared to unregulated informal work, the rights and protections afforded by contingent work are a considerable improvement, and the growth of properly regulated contingent work in emerging economies is better perceived as real social progress rather than undermining the status of employed workers. Freelancing via an online staffing platform can be a way to provide the dignity and security of work among the most impoverished communities in the world. It would be foolish to suggest that all contingent work is good, for the same reasons that it would be foolish to say that all employed work is good. Exploitation and poor working conditions exist across all forms of work; bad employers will always try to cut corners regardless of the type of contract under which work is being supplied. To download the complete report, please select the following link:  The Case for Contingent Work 20180517 - You do not have permission to view this object. […]

  • Largest Direct Hire Firms Globally

    The global direct hire market accounted for 6.2% of the Staffing market in 2017.The Americas and Asia Pacific were the two largest regions for direct hire. The United States was the largest national market in 2017, accounting for 42% of the global market.This report provides a ranking of the 20 largest providers of direct hire services globally, based on revenues generated in 2017. The largest global provider was PageGroup, followed by Adecco and ManpowerGroup.Finally, we also provide an overview of the latest trends, based on data published by the largest publicly-listed providers in this space.To download a full copy of the report, click below: Largest Direct Hire Firms Globally 20180514 - You do not have permission to view this object. […]

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    This report identifies and categorizes specialist suppliers to staffing firms globally. With 23 different categories ranging from advisors & consultants to payroll funding and back office,with approximately 900 vendors spanning over 60 countries.The Directory provides a comprehensive range of solutions and services that staffing firms may require to operate their businesses more efficiently and more effectively.  Directory of Suppliers to Staffing Firms 2018 - You do not have permission to view this object. […]

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