May 7, 2012
Staffing & Employment News
April Showers Turn Out to be a Drizzle.
April didn’t shower us with an abundance of jobs; with an increase of only 115,000 net, and 130,000 in private payrolls. This slow-down disappointed after March’s 154,000 new jobs and February’s 259,000. The biggest gains were in professional & business services at 62,000, retail trade increased by 29,000, health care rose by 19,000, and leisure & hospitality added 12,000. Goods-producing jobs increased by 14,000 after a 38,000 rise in March. (more…)
March 5, 2012
Republished with permission from the UBM Midsize Enterprise Strategies February 2012 Newsletter strategy section.
Finding And Hiring The Right IT Staff
By Alicia Stein
Many middle-market CIOs lack the resources—staff and budget—to fulfill all of their organization’s IT initiatives. Even though the last recession displaced millions of workers, it still remains difficult for CIOs to find individuals with the right mix of talent and skill. (more…)
January 9, 2012
Staffing & Employment News
Growth Stronger than Expected
from Redfish Technology
December’s employment report showed progress in job creation with a stronger showing than expects. The unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, December payroll jobs hit a fairly healthy 200,000, private payrolls hitting 212,000. (more…)
December 19, 2011
Happy Holidays from our team to yours!
Whether you will get merry at Christmas, illuminated at Hanukkah, or dec’d out for Kwanzaa, we hope you have a great yearend!
Redfish is celebrating a great 2011.
Rob Reeves, President, CEO – Redfish Technology
“Amid the Noise and Haste of 2011, we’ve managed to stay the course we set and solidify our partnerships in both the Tech Sector and the Clean Tech Sector. (more…)
November 21, 2011
November 7, 2011
Staffing & Employment News
The economy grew last quarter at the fastest pace in a year (yeah!), but job growth remains fairly anemic.
The economy grew last quarter at the fastest pace in a year (2.5%), however that growth was still insufficient to push down the unemployment rate. GDP is estimated to grow at just over 2% in 2012, and 2.7% in 2013, a gradual improvement.
ADP estimated Thursday that October private payrolls rose 110,000. Friday the Labor Department reported that payrolls expanded by 80,000 jobs in October, and the September figure was revised upward to 158,000 (from 103,000) and August was revised upwards to 104,000 (from 57,000).
While October saw less job creation than forecast, the unemployment rate did dip to 9% (from 9.1% last month).
Insperity Inc.’s latest business confidence study found that 26% of small to midsize businesses plan to add staff and 66% plan to maintain current staffing levels. Nearly half of small-business owners think that the economy will not improve until the second half of 2012, with 44% anticipating an economic rebound in the second half of 2012 or later. The CMO Survey finds that CMOs are planning on increasing marketing spending over the next year, by 7.2% on marketing hires.
IT and Clean Tech recruiters, such as Redfish Technology, report a very strong quarter. Solar and Software as a Service being two leading sectors of employment at this time. Online job posting activity is up by 11% year-over-year according to the Monster Employment Index.
The Redfish Monthly Newsletter
The Redfish monthly newsletter features original articles from executive recruiters and guest bloggers, and covers topics such as:
- Staffing & Employment News
- High Tech Job/Industry Trends
- Green Job/Industry Trends
- Career Tips for Passive & Active Job Seekers
- Employer & Human Resources Best Practices
September 12, 2011
Overcoming Relocation Hurdles in Talent Acquisition and Retention
By Greg Schreiner, Executive Recruiter, Clean Tech Talent Manager
Despite the high rate of unemployment, finding the right talent remains an issue. A recent survey by Robert Half reported that just over half the executives reported that it is difficult to find skilled professional talent currently.
When finding the right talent locally doesn’t pan out, relocation is often the only alternative. And while relocation adds to the human resources expense, the majority of firms recognize the importance of this component in attracting the talent they want. The 2010 Atlas Van Lines Corporate Relocation Survey reports that 67% of companies offered incentives to encourage relocations in 2010. Financial and other incentives can overcome the hurdles to relocation. (more…)
September 5, 2011
Staffing & Employment News
Friday’s BLS economic report clearly shows that momentum in the labor market has stalled: nonfarm private payrolls increased by a meager 17,000, but as government payrolls declined by 17,000 the net job creation for August was nil. This is the lowest increase in private payrolls since February 2010, and the 4th consecutive month of weak growth. In the last consecutive 18 months, the economy did add 2.4 million private sector jobs.
What is the problem?
The pundits cite: The Verizon Communications strike that caused decline of approximately 45,000 in nonfarm payrolls last month. The recent federal debt ceiling debate fiasco, the S&P downgrade, and the stock market debacle of August. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index published for the month also showed a sharp decline. The lack of demand is by far the largest problem, leading to this slow pace of hiring, especially in small firms in “core” services. And yet, thankfully, for the moment layoffs have not picked up.
Staffing Professionals Predict
Staffing organizations and recruiters seem to have a more optimistic projection. (more…)
August 29, 2011
Winning the Tech Talent War
by Andy Nacsin, Executive Recruiter
In today’s economic situation, companies are facing multiple new challenges when it comes to staffing. According to Forrester Research, today’s recruiting growth rate prediction is at 8%. Many theorists believe that this is because of the looming talent shortage and disconnect between positions open and skills of candidates applying. Another factor is that companies, while emerging from recession, are still remaining cautious on spending and are very selective when acquiring talent, regardless of their growing need to add headcount. Our nationwide overall unemployment rate has been hovering around 10%, and yet when we take a closer look within technology these numbers are closer to 4%. Other considerations that are affecting this climate are employee turnover, Baby Boomers retiring, more restrictive policies on foreign workers, companies resistant to relocation costs, and overall reluctance from employees to change jobs. So our challenge is how to cope with a growing talent shortage within the high tech and green tech industries.
The battle for top sales people and engineers is extraordinary in Silicon Valley and New York – These are our Talent War battle zones. The majority of technology growth occurs in these two large geographic regions and they also typically house the greatest number of top tier talent. (more…)
August 18, 2011
February 4, 2011
January 11, 2011
– part 2
In December we looked at some tips for people to achieve work-life balance and put forth our own survey. Click to view the results of the Redfish survey. This month we focus on various approaches companies are taking to address work-life balance, and reap benefits from the mobility and flexibility that technology facilitates and more and more employees desire.
What Are Employers Doing About Work-Life Balance? And What are the Employer Benefits?
This month, there are several articles on strategies that companies are employing to not only help their employees achieve better work-life balance, but also impact the company’s bottom line. BestBuy, Citrix, Microsoft, Google, and more companies than you think have programs to address work/life balance and employee satisfaction, many include some form of telework (a.k.a. telecommuting, workshifting, remote work, location-neutral work, and doubtlessly some other terms). (more…)
January 7, 2011
January 3, 2011
Microsoft’s The Evolving Enterprise website offers this video entitled the “Dynamic Workplace”.
This discussion features The Future of Work’s Dr. Charles Grantham, author of Corporate Agility, andBrian Collins, Microsoft’s Global Workspace Strategy Manager, US, Real Estate and Facilities. This 12 minute video presents a very interesting dialogue on the benefits of workplace flexibility and the significant shift in how we work, play, learn and live. (more…)