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2209, 2020

Mixed Results

By |September 22nd, 2020|

For years, SIA’s Pulse Report (based on our Pulse Survey) has offered a timely snapshot of staffing industry revenue, bill rate and order trends, recruiting/sales difficulty, and the future outlook for each staffing segment.

The Covid effect. When the Covid-19 pandemic first landed on US soil, its impact on staffing and business in general was uncertain. […]

2209, 2020

A Look in the Mirror

By |September 22nd, 2020|

With this time away from the physical office, I’ve thought a lot about the world of work and how it has changed completely overnight. It’s as if we were suddenly thrust into a world that we had only previously seen on television and all we know for certain these days is that the world as […]

2209, 2020

Last in Line

By |September 22nd, 2020|

The pandemic-induced economic downturn has caused many staffing firms to wrestle with sharp sales declines, tough personnel decisions and fixed overhead. More financial challenges are looming, because even if the overall economy recovers, we can expect many staffing customers to go bankrupt in the coming months. Their businesses may be sound, but their own customers […]

2209, 2020

Steady as She Goes

By |September 22nd, 2020|

The ever-growing gig economy is supported by a host of useful apps and platforms such as Uber, TaskRabbit, Upwork, Fiverr and Instacart. But as many in the gig world know, jobs on any platform can lack the stability that full-time employment provides.

Income can be seasonal or fluctuate dramatically with the hours, weeks or months. Many […]

2209, 2020

Going the Extra Mile

By |September 22nd, 2020|

At ALKU, there is nothing we won’t do to better ourselves and our employees, no matter the time or effort it may require. In my five years at the company, many processes have been tweaked, questioned, improved or even just done away with. As managers, we like finding parts of our processes we can make […]

2107, 2020

Research Report: On the Precipice

By |July 21st, 2020|

Transformative developments lead to a consolidating IT staffing market

The Herfindahl-Hirschman Index, or HHI, is a widely accepted measure of market concentration. Its calculation is
simply the sum of the square market shares for each firm of a market, typically limited to the 50 largest companies. A market with an HHI of less than 1,500 is considered […]

2107, 2020

A New Model

By |July 21st, 2020|

I propose a new staffing model: The connected talent cloud, which I call Tier 0.5. In this model, which brings together the traditional agency search and direct sourcing, staffing agencies play a vital, bridging role by working with clients and technology partners. Why am I suggesting this?

The big picture. Companies hire workers to generate revenue. […]

2107, 2020

We Are Open

By |July 21st, 2020|

With the exception of a couple hotspots, most of the nation has reopened to some extent. Now come the many logistical and other decisions business leaders must make. Minimizing risk from potential lawsuits needs to be an important part of this process, for small mistakes now can be costly down the road. Here are some […]

2107, 2020

HR On Demand

By |July 21st, 2020|

In the growing space of on-demand gig work platforms, SIA has started to see more and more specialized marketplaces enter the ecosystem. One such company is One Circle HR, which connects companies with HR experts from all around the world. Founded in 2019, it already has a global reach of consultants.

According to founder Emma El-Karout, […]

2107, 2020

Fork in the Road

By |July 21st, 2020|

With the global pandemic, I am in the same unfortunate position as 40 million other Americans. I was also a casualty of the 2008 recession, after which I found a career I loved, working with clients on their workforce solutions. This time looks and feels vastly different — scary and crippling are two words that […]