Here are our top staffing industry news picks for the month of February

    February 1, 2018

    Finding quality candidates is #1 pain point of hiring managers

    Access to quality candidates with the right skills is the biggest pain point for more than 50% of hiring managers, according to a survey of 859 hiring managers and 681 internal staffing or recruiting firm employees by the American Staffing Association with ASA corporate partners CareerBuilder and Inavero. 

    February 4, 2018

    US temp penetration rate unchanged in Jan; temp jobs rise by 1,000

    The US added 1,000 temporary jobs in January, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the US Bureau of Labor Information. However, the temp penetration rate — temp jobs as a percent of total employment — was unchanged from December at 2.03%. 

    February 5, 2018

    Skill shortage tightens job market

    The skills gap is real and getting worse, with 83% of 1,028 human resource professionals saying they have had difficulty recruiting suitable job candidates in the past 12 months, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management. Fifty-two percent of HR professionals said that the skills gap has worsened or greatly worsened in the past two years.

    February 6, 2018

    Companies hiring for skills and not open jobs, according to exec search firm

    Companies are hiring on the basis of skills versus open positions, according to a survey released by executive search firm Korn Ferry. Of the talent acquisition professionals surveyed, 57% have hired for a specific skill set even if even if they didn’t yet have a defined role for that candidate. 

    February 7, 2018

    Initial jobless claims fall by 19,000 to 234,000

    Jobless claims dropped by 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 234,000 in the week ended Feb. 2, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had anticipated a reading of 225,000. The monthly average of new claims advanced by 4,500 to a two-month high of 224,750, but remains near historically low levels.

    February 8, 2018

    Nurse staffing crisis continuing to challenge directors or nursing services

    The nurse staffing crisis is continuing to challenge directors of nursing services, according to a survey of directors by the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services. Seventy-five percent of directors report staff shortages as their top challenge, followed by workload (73%) and stress or burnout (69%).