John Nurthen

About John Nurthen

John Nurthen is executive director of global research. He can be reached at jnurthen (at) staffingindustry (dot) com.

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909, 2019

Job Boards Are Hot – Again

By |September 9th, 2019|

Job boards have been around since the mid-1990s. As the internet took off, it didn’t take long for a number of visionary entrepreneurs to realize that the new medium would be an ideal place to advertise jobs. Dice, Monster and CareerBuilder (originally branded Netstart) were among the early movers in the US alongside Jobserve in […]

102, 2019

The Potential to Disrupt

By and |February 1st, 2019|

In January, SIA published its latest report on blockchain: “The Impact of Blockchain in Talent Acquisition.” Our first report on this topic, published in December 2017, identified seven blockchain initiatives in the freelancer and/or job board category, while this report covers 26 — and there may well be many more operating in pre-launch stealth mode.

This growth […]

110, 2018

Perspective: Symbiotic Interaction

By |October 1st, 2018|

The $461 billion global staffing industry supports an increasingly complex ecosystem of suppliers that offer a wide range of products and services to help staffing firms prosper. In a symbiotic relationship, staffing suppliers both enable and benefit from the success of staffing firms, not unlike the relationship established when small fish attach themselves to a […]

1402, 2018

How Will Your Garden Grow?

By |February 14th, 2018|

Staffing Industry Analysts measures many different facets of the workforce solutions ecosystem — from staffing firms to job boards to managed service providers and vendor management systems. It takes a huge collective effort to put these various estimates and forecasts together and, given differences in reporting formats, it’s only once the year comes to an […]

2709, 2017

Trends: Man or Machine?

By |September 27th, 2017|

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. Each of its predecessors had been powered by ground-breaking inventions: the development of mechanical production techniques harnessing water and steam power; electricity and mass production techniques; and advances in computing technology.

Driving this latest revolution is “cyber-physical systems” — computerbased algorithms, tightly integrated with the internet, deeply intertwined, and […]

509, 2017

The Next Industrial Revolution

By |September 5th, 2017|

You may, or may not, be aware that the Fourth Industrial Revolution came upon us a couple of years ago. Each of its predecessors had been powered by the invention of ground-breaking new technologies; the First, in the 1780s, came about through the development of mechanical production techniques harnessing water and steam power, the Second […]

2703, 2017

Providing the Ladder

By |March 27th, 2017|

From its headquarters in San Francisco, it might be tempting to categorize Samasource alongside all the other online staffing platforms that have been established to take advantage of the growth in the gig economy over the past few years.

But Samasource has a very different corporate mission from the other entrepreneurial businesses that have sprung up […]

1302, 2017

The Great Beyond

By |February 13th, 2017|

Like many other industries, the staffing industry is subject to global pressures. Clients expect more and more from their suppliers but want to pay less. At the same time, a number of low-cost disrupters have emerged in the human cloud to challenge the traditional staffing model. Therefore, many staffing firms have looked at the potential […]

1510, 2016

Robotic Recruiters

By |October 15th, 2016|

The development of self-learning programmes like IBM Watson has opened up the potential for the automation of many traditional human tasks. The loss of jobs to technology has been with us since the advent of the Industrial Revolution but the latest leap in cognitive computing puts whole swathes of professional jobs at risk.

The Doctor Is […]

103, 2016

Open and Shut Case

By |March 1st, 2016|

Since the staffing industry began, the local office has always been the fulcrum of the staffing transaction. The place where your staff can meet face-to-face with job candidates in what many believe is, and always will be, an essentially human interaction. A hub where the office is embedded in, and sympathetic to, the demands, issues […]