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Hiring for Tech Talent Begins to Slow, But Remains Most In-Demand Field

November 15, 2011 16:30 by Ann Pace

(From PRWEB) -- During October, Recruiters in the U.S. placed 220,000 new job ads for tech related openings, according to WANTED Analytics, the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Although this occupation may be seeing a seasonal slowing in hiring demand, it remains the most demanded field in the United States, up 5.7% versus October 2010. This occupation reached a 4-year high in May 2011, when 250,000 jobs were advertised at a 40% year-over-year growth.

Some of the most commonly advertised Computer Programming job titles include Project Manager, Software Engineer, Java Developer, Business Analyst, Systems Administrator, Database Administrator, and Programmer. Of these highly demanded jobs, Programmers saw the greatest increase, with a 15% year-over-year growth. Database Administrators were the only occupation of the above mentioned that saw a decline, down 1% compared to last year.

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70% of Hospitals and Health Systems Will Increase Number of Employed Doctors

October 12, 2011 11:46 by jllorens

IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A trade report this month sponsored by MedSynergies Inc. found 70% of responding national hospitals and health systems plan to employ more physicians in the next 12 to 36 months. The HealthLeaders Media Hospital-Physician Alignment survey also saw full employment trump the long-dominant “volunteer medical staff” as the top medical staff model, evidencing momentum in the move towards hospital-physician alignment.

Additionally, the report highlighted the need for physician alignment/engagement beyond employment to achieve the quality outcomes expected from employing more doctors. In fact, respondents reported a meager 11% of employed physicians are completely engaged, said JR Thomas, president and chief executive officer of MedSynergies.

“Some markets are in an all-out race to recruit physicians based on the thinking that primary-care doctors will be the linchpin in the healthcare system of the future,” said Thomas. “But increased employment does not translate into increased engagement. Hospitals and health systems need to work with doctors side-by-side in meeting the healthcare needs of the marketplace both in the hospital and in the field – it’s a symbiotic relationship.”

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U.S. Job Creation Stagnant in August, Yet Some Industries Maintain Strong Hiring Activity

September 8, 2011 12:15 by Ann Pace

(Business Wire)--Beyond.com, the premier Career Network focused on helping people grow and succeed, today released its first Employment Data Report, which provides a timely assessment of recent economic and political events that have had an impact on the employment world. Released in conjunction with Beyond.com’s recently released Second Quarter 2011 Career Trend Analysis Report, this first Employment Data Report examines job posting volume from January 2011 to August 2011, compared with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) unemployment rates.

The Employment Data Report explores the possibility that the U.S. could face a double dip recession and considers the role of political events and economic instability on the job market. After an encouraging start to the year, unemployment numbers have continued to rise as the economy failed to add as many jobs as expected in June and July. During that same period, the nation’s economy has been threatened by a debt crisis and the subsequent Standard & Poor’s (S&P) credit downgrade.

In spite of the obvious challenges, the Employment Data Report notes some industries that increased hiring activity in the second quarter, including Healthcare, Sales & Sales Management, Merchandising, Purchasing & Management and Information Technology. The report also highlights some new job titles that have emerged, particularly in the IT and Environmental fields, as a result of new technologies and demands.

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Business Sector Wary of Available Local Employment

August 25, 2011 12:30 by Ann Pace

(From International Business Times) -- In new research released today, it was revealed that 44% of new recruits are falling short of employer expectations.

The opinions of more than 2,000 employers and employees were gathered by recruitment specialist Hudson for its annual 20:20 research series which aims to shed light on current recruitment trends, and shortcomings.

The data gathered during the research identified deficiencies in current recruitment practices, which appear to be out-dated and misfiring at unsuitable talent, according to survey respondents.

Despite human resource shortages, the research showed that recruiters remain focused on ‘traditional’ recruitment practices when making hiring decisions, resulting in substantial financial and productivity losses.

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Engaged Workers Report Twice as Much Job Creation

August 9, 2011 12:30 by Ann Pace

(From Gallup.com) -- Employees who are in engaged in their work and workplace are twice as likely to report their organization is hiring new workers as those who are actively disengaged. Workers who are emotionally disconnected from their work and workplace are far more likely to report their organization is letting people go than those who are engaged. Americans report these substantial differences in their organization's hiring practices even though, collectively, Gallup finds overall U.S. job creation holding steady in recent months.

These findings are from a special Gallup Daily tracking series conducted January through June 2011 to thoroughly explore American workers' engagement levels. Gallup's employee engagement index is based on worker responses to 12 actionable workplace elements with proven linkages to performance outcomes, including productivity, customer service, quality, retention, safety, and profit. More recent research has found significant linkages between engagement at work and health and wellbeing outcomes.

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Peoplefluent Integrates With LinkedIn

July 28, 2011 12:30 by Ann Pace

(From marketwire) -- Peoplefluent, offering a unique combination of best-of-breed suite solutions for Talent Management, Vendor Management and Workforce Compliance and Diversity, today announced it is working with LinkedIn to connect its customers with over 100 million potential applicants worldwide, further generating quality of hire and streamlining recruiting processes. Today's news, in conjunction with the "Fluency on the Move" mobile product line introduced by Peoplefluent earlier this month, underscores the Company's intuitive talent management strategy designed to drive engagement by creating innovative, immediate and interactive experiences through the communities, devices and methods naturally preferred and undertaken by the user.

"The individual is today's new system of record. In an emerging landscape, where shifting cultural and professional dynamics and rapidly evolving technology enablement have changed the relationship between employees and employers, LinkedIn has become the preeminent resource for individual Talent Profiles," said Charles S. Jones, Chairman and CEO of Peoplefluent. "Consistent with our overarching intuitive talent management strategy and recent product innovations, we are helping our customers find the talent they need by giving them the easy, engaging and immediate ability to meet potential candidates where they already are -- in their own powerful interactive communities."

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'Just-in-time’ hiring behind pause

July 21, 2011 13:00 by Ann Pace

(From MarketWatch) -- The surprisingly weak labor market in the past two months is evidence that companies are quickly able to hit the hiring “pause” button if they don’t like conditions on the ground, a leading expert on the job market said.

Before when companies wanted to slow hiring, there was “a glide path” that took time to implement. “Now they have a bat-phone,” said ManpowerGroup Inc. Chief Executive Jeffrey Joerres in an interview.

Manpower separately on Thursday reported its second-quarter earnings more than doubled, helped by international growth. In the U.S., the firm’s operating profit jumped 85% on 9% revenue growth.

“In the face of spikes in uncertainty and weaker demand, companies have the ability to dial down their workforces, halting hiring at a moment’s notice and operating in a ‘just-in-time talent’ mode,” Joerres said.

After averaging 215,000 per month in February to April, job growth has slowed to a crawl of only 21,000 in the past two months. The unemployment rate has risen to 9.2% from 8.8% in March.

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Kenexa CEO Bullish on Hiring

April 28, 2011 15:30 by Ann Pace
(From The Street) -- Rudy Karsan, CEO of Kenexa is bullish on the jobs market.

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Majority of US Private Companies Have Identified Workforce Skill Gaps

March 10, 2011 15:30 by Ann Pace

(From PRNewswire) -- With their renewed optimism about the economy and intention to focus on strategic growth over the next 12 months, US private-company CEOs are making talent management a top priority. The majority (51%) of Trendsetter chief executives say that they need to fill certain skill gaps to meet their business objectives over the next one to two years, while 49% believe they have the right skills in place.

Notably, more international marketers reported that they have skill gaps than their domestic-only peers (57% and 46%, respectively. Among private companies overall, the largest skill gaps identified were in middle management (53%) and skilled labor (48%). Those companies with skill gaps will focus on several areas over the next one to two years, including marketing and sales (65%), information technology (36%) and engineering/design (35%).

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HR Departments Prioritising Training Over Recruitment

March 3, 2011 15:00 by Ann Pace

(From freshbusinessthinking.com) -- Taleo Corporation, provider of on-demand talent management solutions, today released new research findings which show that organisations are prioritising employee development over hiring for the year ahead, as they look to improve staff retention and develop talent within the business.

The vast majority (82%) of HR professionals surveyed said they considered employee development to be a bigger priority for their organisation in 2011, compared to just 18% who felt recruitment was going to be more important. In addition, 56% of respondents reported that employee development and training was perceived as an essential business enabler within their organisation, while 15% reported that it was still seen as a ‘nice to have’ rather than essential.

When asked to identify what would help their organisation to develop its talent better, more than a quarter (27%) of respondents felt that better visibility of skill gaps would greatly assist them in developing employee talent, while almost as many (25%) would like better visibility of their employees’ existing skills.

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