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ASA reports US staffing employment up more than 5% over year

Staffing Trends
Posted on Jun 26, 2015

US staffing companies employed an average of 3.13 million temporary and contract workers per week in the first quarter of 2015, up 5.5% from the same period in 2014, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association. ‘Even with weak economic growth in the first quarter, demand for temporary and contract talent increased as businesses increased the size of their flexible and permanent workforces,’ said ASA President and CEO Richard Wahlquist.

‘The continued growth in staffing employment means more long-term opportunities for job seekers. ‘Employment and sales typically peak in the fourth quarter, decline in the first quarter, and grow in subsequent quarters, according to ASA. That seasonal pattern held, with staffing employment contracting 8.0% from the fourth quarter. The ASA staffing employment and sales survey is conducted on a quarterly basis and covers approximately 10,000 establishments

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IT jobs post modest growth in May, TechServe Alliance reports

Staffing Trends
Posted on Jun 25, 2015

The number of IT jobs in the US rose 0.3% in May from April, according to the TechServe Alliance, the trade association of the IT and engineering staffing and solutions industry in the US. That compares to a 0.2% increase in total nonfarm jobs in the US.Year over year, IT jobs rose by 4.8% since May 2014, adding 225,000 workers for a total of more than 4.9 million jobs.Engineering jobs edged up by 0.1% in May from the previous month and 0.9% year over year, adding 22,000 engineering workers since May 2014 for a total of more than 2.5 million US engineering jobs.

IT employment continued its modest growth trajectory in May while the rate of growth in engineering employment remained sluggish,’ said TechServe Alliance CEO Mark Roberts. ‘While demand for IT talent remains strong, an inadequate supply of IT professionals in high-demand skill sets is restricting the rate of growth. There are simply too few US students pursuing careers in IT coupled with restrictive immigration policies that are inadequate to meet the needs of US businesses. Until we address this long-term problem, IT employment growth will not reach its full potential.’