STEM skills essential to driving innovation

An analysis of each state was recently conducted by Bloomberg Rankings on the focus of several innovation factors, including: the number of STEM workers, research-and-development spending, the percentage of public tech companies, and patent approvals. Based on those and other factors, Washington was named the most innovative state in America.

Check out this infographic and learn why Washington is currently ranked as the most innovative state in America!
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Is Corporate Charitable Giving On the Rise?

Social Image 1Almost everywhere you go, you can find evidence of corporate charitable giving. On the bricks carved with a company’s name on the exterior of a popular museum to the plaques hanging in most children’s hospitals, it’s evident that businesses are giving their time and money to organizations that desperately need it.

But just because you see evidence of corporate charitable giving, does it mean that there is an abundance of it?

At first glance it appears that corporate donations have grown significantly.  For example, in the last 30 years corporate contributions have increased from $3.6 billion to more than $18 billion in 2012.  This is an impressive statistic, right?

Perhaps not. According to “Giving USA’s 2013 Annual Report on Philanthropy”, approximately 72% ($223 billion) of all charitable giving was done by individuals and families, while corporate giving accounted for only 6% ($17.6 billion). Another statistic considered a good barometer for measuring corporate charitable giving is percentage of pre-tax profits donated. It’s here you really begin to see the drop in the numbers. In 2012, corporate donations measured by pre-tax profit percentages fell to a lowly .8% from its peak of 2.1% in 1986. In the last ten years alone contributions have dropped by half.

While the pre-tax profit percentage statistic is staggering, there are indications that corporate charitable giving is on the rise. The improving U.S. economy, a strengthening job market, and the emphasis many businesses have been putting into company culture have been encouraging. As a result, in 2012 corporate contributions increased 12% from the 2011 totals.
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Hiring for STEM skills in the New Year – Don’t wait

STEM skills worker in the fieldAs we near the end of 2013, is your 2014 workforce in place?  If you haven’t already, get a head start on recruiting for your current and projected 2014 hiring needs, especially if you’re recruiting employees with science, technical, engineering and mathematical (STEM) skills.  One of the most difficult challenges facing companies is the severe and growing gap in professionals with STEM skills.

To learn more about the STEM skills gap and its source, view our new infographic.

Recruiting for STEM jobs

Skilled STEM workers are particularly difficult to find, so we’ve compiled a list of recruiting strategies you can start using now to have your hires ready for January 1, 2014. 
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Gen Y can’t I get a job? [infographic]

More than 1.5 million Americans will turn their tassels and flip their caps at college graduation ceremonies this year. After they step across the stage and collect their diplomas, many will be looking to take the next step in their lives – starting a career.

According to our recent survey of 500 hiring managers across the country, the majority of hiring managers (66 percent) do not believe new college graduates are prepared for the workforce, and 58 percent don’t plan on hiring entry-level college graduates this year.

The Adecco infographic below explores why today’s grads have a hard time finding jobs and what they can do to overcome some of  mainstream media’s harshest millennial myths and criticisms.
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