Developments from the Staffing Industry Daily News and The Staffing Stream to help you focus on emerging movements that could shape your business for the better.


True Desires

Motivation may be key to increased female leadership within staffing organizations.

Although women hold almost 52% of all professional jobs, they account for just 14.6% percent of executive officers and just 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs. How do we grow that percentage?

We can start by considering the motivations of female leaders compared to their male counterparts. The low percentage of women in leadership roles in the US isn’t due to lack of motivation, but rather related to a disconnect between what companies assume drives people to take senior positions and what actually drives female leaders to take a senior role.

When capable women aren’t accepting leadership roles, it’s often a matter of how businesses are approaching them and what actually motivates them. Flexibility is key in ensuring the position meets the expectations of the desired candidate.

Source: “Motivation May Be Key to Increased Female Leadership Within Staffing Organizations,” the Staffing Stream, by Jennifer Fuicelli, CEO, Advanced Inc.

You’re Hired

Half of US employers plan to hire temps in 2017, up from 2016. The demand for temporary labor will remain strong this year as employers strive to have more flexibility in their staff levels, according to CareerBuilder’s job forecast for 2017. The forecast’s survey found 51% of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2017, up from 47% in last year’s survey.

On the Rise

Tech, creative professionals to see salaries increase in 2017. Compensation in the technology and creative fields is expected to increase 3.8% and 3.6%, respectively, in the coming year, according to the 2017 Salary Guides from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group, divisions of Robert Half International Inc.

CEO confidence at six-year high. CEO confidence rose sharply in the fourth quarter after a slight retreat in the prior quarter, according to The Conference Board’s measure of CEO confidence. In the fourth quarter, the measure jumped to a level of 65, up from 50 in the third quarter of 2016. CEOs’ short-term outlook for the US economy also improved markedly, with approximately 67% expecting better economic conditions over the next six months, up from 25% in the prior quarter.