Adecco Engineering & Technology: Minor Change, Major Opportunities 

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Formerly Adecco Engineering & Technical, our science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) division is now Adecco Engineering & Technology. While engineering recruitment is a large part of our business, we also spend a great deal of our time and effort recruiting for Information Technology (IT) roles. Changing our name to Engineering & Technology more accurately reflects the entire picture of who we are and all that we do.
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STEM skills gap: Now is the time to act

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The demand for professionals with STEM backgrounds – meaning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – is steadily rising. Currently, there are 1.4 vacant STEM jobs for every qualified STEM job-seeker. If this rate persists, by 2018 there will be a projected 1.7 million STEM jobs without qualified applicants to fill them.

Filling this skills gap presents an education challenge for the American job market. A recent article cites that “In 2013, there were 5.7 million total postings in STEM fields. Of those, 76%, or 4.4 million, require at least a bachelor’s degree, and 41%, or 2.3 million, are entry-level jobs requiring less than 2 years of experience.” To that point, only 28% of undergraduate students presently partake in STEM courses in college – even with an abundance of available jobs on the rise in these areas.

Yet, the STEM gap doesn’t begin in college; the fact remains that by the time job-seekers are in college or post-college, it’s too late to develop the necessary background to support open STEM job functions. As such, another route must be taken to fill the growing STEM gap – and it must begin early in the academic journey. To truly impact the STEM gap, students and educators alike must begin looking at earlier education for the foundation of a solid STEM background.

So, we have a solution. But does the majority of the American public know that this serious issue even exists? Does the public know that American children’s proficiencies in math and science are shrinking? And that only 18% percent of all college engineering majors are female?

If the answer to these questions is no, then how do we get the American public on board with early STEM education? The short answer is to educate our public on the STEM skills gap issue and what the crisis means for our future.
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Metropolitan minimum wage increases continue

spaceneedleAt the end of last year, we wrote a blog post about California raising its minimum wage from $8 an hour to $10 an hour, and discussed the pros and cons of raising minimum wage.

This month, Seattle passed a bill that increases the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, the highest in the country at almost double the national minimum wage.

The interesting difference between Seattle raising its minimum wage, as opposed to when California raised its minimum wage is that this law is only relevant to those working directly within the city limits. This means that there will be almost a five-dollar difference in pay between neighboring cities.

The impact of this situation is unknown, but people are paying attention. Some of the results economists are watching for include:
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Staffing agency acronyms you need to know

NewsNaturally, over time, any industry develops its own set of words, terms and phrases that make their way into the vernacular. Their intentions are honest and innocent: to make things easier, more streamlined and to simplify the conversation. Sometimes they succeed. Sometimes they don’t. Industry jargon, particularly staffing agency jargon, can be like trying to understand a foreign language.

At Adecco, we know how to navigate the slippery slopes and we want to make sure you do too.  What follows is a list of frequently used staffing industry acronyms to help guide you and ensure that we are all speaking the same language.
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Call center jobs coming back to the U.S.

adecco-google-plus call center 1In the 1980s and 1990s, approximately 600,000 call center jobs were outsourced overseas. Lately, however, they have started to come back. This is great news for American job seekers and businesses alike—there were more than 100,000 positions created in call centers throughout the country between 2010 and 2012, and companies are generating better business results.

Why are call centers coming back to the United States?

One of the major reasons why companies outsourced call center jobs in the first place was to take advantage of affordable labor in countries such as India and the Philippines. However, wages in these countries are becoming less and less affordable every year. In India, salaries are rising 10 percent annually; in the Philippines, the annual jump is about 7 percent. Thus, the financial edge of outsourcing is beginning to blunt, and many companies are starting to reverse course and “insource” their call center operations.
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Workforce Watch List: Supply Chain and Logistics

supply chain and logistics staffing needsThe field of supply chain and logistics is exploding at a rapid pace.

45% of companies view their supply chain management as a strategic asset and, of that group, 70% see higher, better performance in their business. More and more organizations are quickly realizing the value of implementing robust teams to focus on the transportation and storage of their goods. Not only can a top supply chain team make an organization run more efficiently, it can also provide significant bottom-line savings.

Three major themes in the world of supply chain logistics are cost reduction, technology, and opportunity for growth–and they all go hand-in-hand. While cost reduction is a major supply chain trend so is maximizing the profitability of the supply chain which includes implementing new technology (RFID tracking systems, process automation tools, etc.) and better efficiency across the board. Other cost-saving methods include reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Many organizations are kicking these efforts off by hiring logisticians to audit their business to see where pain points and weaknesses exist and removing those barriers to save money.
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