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July 27, 2006
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Reveille and Hyperbole:
HireAbility(r), a leader in integrated recruiting software and services, announced its partnership agreement with BizzwithBuzz, a creative marketing and design company, to launch, a one-stop recruitment website design and hosting service. Under this agreement, HireAbility's Recruiter Network members gain access to's creative web design solutions at a fraction of what it costs to custom-design and host a website. Members of HireAbility's Recruiter Network who sign up on will receive a website with a customized look and feel, complete with administrative tools and features that, typically, only larger companies could afford. By entering their HireAbility membership information, members receive preferred pricing on BizzwithBuzz website services, and a live job feed from HireAbility to their own websites. a Website completely dedicated to helping trucking companies in all 48 states find Class A Drivers has developed a vertical search mechanism exclusively for Class A Truck drivers. allows subscribers to access over 100,000 Class A Drivers nationally and makes these candidates accessible via our Website located at The site offers several new recruiting mechanisms, that allows subscribers to locate drivers by city, state, zip code and even area code. The site also incorporates many management tools that allow subscribers to manage each contact they have, from leaving messages to even leaving personal notes on each record.

Workway, a staffing firm specializing in serving mortgage lenders, banks, credit unions and other providers of real estate settlement services, is offering expanded direct-hire staffing options in its offices in Chicago; San Diego; Burbank, Calif. and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. through its Workway Direct division. Workway Direct, which specializes in direct-hire placements of qualified candidates, provides additional staffing experts to the company's participating offices and connects them to the company's national database of job candidates.

Radford Surveys + Consulting, a San-Jose based business unit of Aon Consulting (AOC) that provides market-leading compensation and benefits surveys and consulting to the technology and life sciences industries, announced the results of its Q2 Quarterly Summary of Industry Trends (QSIT) Survey of technology companies. This quarter's study, which included 558 tech companies, represents a comprehensive review of trends, practices and developments in several recurring areas, including base salary increase trends, expense controls, hiring and turnover. The report revealed that voluntary turnover dropped slightly from 12.6 percent to 12.3 percent in the last 12 month period compared to last quarter's results for calendar year 2005, with overall turnover also falling from 20.5 percent to 19.3 percent. These figures are contrasted by respondents' perception of turnover, in which 33 percent of participants reported that they thought turnover was "somewhat up" compared to the same time last year. For more information, contact: Fabiola A. Price, 408.321.2653,

Monster, the leading global online careers and recruitment resource and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (MNST), and Philadelphia Media Holdings LLC, the new owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and, today announced a new strategic alliance to deliver online and offline recruitment services to employers and job seekers in the nation's fourth largest metro market - representing the first such alliance between Monster and a major-market media company. The new alliance exemplifies Monster Worldwide's corporate strategy to grow Monster via multiple distribution channels and reflects Philadelphia Media Holdings' commitment to leverage and expand the revenue base of its media properties. Central to the alliance is a soon-to-be-launched co-branded job search and recruitment website, which will combine the strength of the Monster brand and product portfolio with the deep local market expertise and audience of Philadelphia's largest circulation daily newspapers (The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News) and number one website ( The new website will deliver more powerful recruitment tools and services to Philadelphia-area employers and provide a broader array of potential employment opportunities to job seekers, enabling both partners to increase consumer and employer marketshare.

The Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA), the largest professional trade association dedicated to improving service quality through the use of mystery shoppers, advises the public to disregard letters or classified ads that promise large sums of cash and expensive gifts by performing simple service evaluations. The most recent scam asks the consumer to cash a cashier's check and wire the money back to a specified address, typically outside the country. The "reward" to consumers - they keep a percentage of the original cashier's check as payment. In these scams, the cashier's check bounces several days later and the consumer is held liable for the entire amount of the money they wired to the international address - typically between $1,000 and $5,000. MSPA advises the public to be especially leery of unsolicited offers to cash checks and wire funds elsewhere. Prospective shoppers looking for legitimate mystery shopping companies can simply visit the MSPA Web site at . There, they can find information on how to register to be a shopper with an MSPA company, what jobs are available in their region, and additional information on the mystery shopping industry. The following tips are provided for those interested in becoming a mystery shopper:

  • Visit the MSPA Web site for a list of reputable mystery shopping companies. Contact these companies directly for information on how to become a shopper.
  • Be patient. It takes time, sometimes months or even longer, to be contacted with an offer to conduct a shopping assignment.
  • Once assigned a shop, ensure it is completed according to the guidelines set forth by the mystery shopping client. Shoppers who do a good job have a much higher likelihood of being invited back for future assignments.

The Employment Guide announced its expansion across southeast Florida, dividing the current Broward/Palm Beach counties edition into two editions to better serve the region. Beginning Monday, July 31, 2006, The Employment Guide will offer individual editions including one for Broward County, and a second edition exclusively serving the Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast areas. The creation of a new edition expanding north through Vero Beach is in response to a growing need from job seekers and advertisers for location specific Palm Beach and Broward County jobs, along with a higher circulation of weekly papers.

Deck Chairs:
Cleco Corp. (CNL) announced today that Jeffrey W. Hall has been named senior vice president, governmental affairs and chief diversity officer....
Loras College  announced the hiring of Mike DeMoully as the director of human and organization development.

You Should Know:

Indian outsourcing firm plans NYSE IPO
This week, an offshore business-services company plans to sell shares in the United States. WNS Ltd., a Mumbai company that began life as a unit of British Airways 10 years ago, is seeking to sell as much as $208 million in stock through an initial public offering. The stock, which is expected to begin trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange, will list under the symbol "WNS." (

Web 2.0: Who needs TV, newspapers?
YouTube reportedly serves 100 million videos a day, and Digg reportedly attracted 8.5 million visitors in May. The impressive traction the small start-ups have rapidly gained is sparking admiration, and emulation. Enthusiastic Web 2.0 champions believe the free-to-consumer services have the power to displace stalwarts of traditional media, from The New York Times to television networks. Last month Michael Arrington said in "Digg 3.0 to Launch Monday": Digg is looking more and more like the newspaper of the web, and is challenging even the New York Times on page views. (ZDNet)

Down To Business: Web 2.0 Not A Game-Changer--Yet
Show us the money--the long-term viability. Then we'll get on board.
When does a boom become a bubble? When the valuations of the companies under scrutiny far exceed the potential of their products to generate revenue and profits. When the language used to describe those companies and products bloviates beyond a layman's comprehension. Online communities such as MySpace, for which Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. paid $580 million, aren't just gathering places for like-minded people; they're new paradigms for harnessing collective intelligence. Blog sites aren't just forums for pundits to pop off; they represent a new information delivery, advertising, and value chain. Ajax, a collection of techniques used by Google and others to develop nifty interactive Web applications, is a platform, a business model, nay, a force for economic change! Coursing through the veins of this Web 2.0 movement is the same narcotic hyperbole that drove Web 1.0 over a cliff. InformationWeek has covered Web 2.0 technologies in depth, and our parent company, CMP Technology, runs the annual Web 2.0 conference with O'Reilly Media and has even registered the Web 2.0 term as a service mark. So we have plenty riding on the euphoria. But we realize that this movement has legs only so long as its practical applications start measuring up to the hype, a healthy skepticism that's apparent in our stories and conference agenda. (Information Week)

Monster May Be Hurt By Slowing U.S. Hiring: Analyst
In a second-quarter earnings preview of online recruiting services provider, Monster Worldwide, UBS Investment Research analyst Kelly Flynn said she's concerned that growing investor worries about the U.S. labor market "may overshadow strong fundamentals." Monster (MNST) is scheduled to report second-quarter earnings on Wednesday, before the market opens.  (Forbes)

eGovernment in developing countries: Critical Need for Human Resources (HR) function transformation
Print this articleEmail to a friendYour feedbackHR functions within the public sector play a pivotal role in delivering change associated with eGovernment argues Samia Melham. Developing countries must focus on this important aspect when implementing electronic services. (eGov)

Use of resume may be a thing of the past
The candidate resume, long regarded as the cornerstone of employment search and fulfillment, is dying a slow, painful death, according to recruitment professionals at MRINetwork, one of the world's largest search and recruitment organizations. Despite candidate shortages and the impending retirement of large numbers of Baby Boomers, the resume is no longer an effective tool for employers seeking to fill critical positions within their companies. Human resources managers and recruiters are getting more resumes than ever before, but a significant percentage of them—perhaps as high as one-third to one-half—are never reviewed. (CCH)

Hunting season for HR managers is in full swing
Human resources managers are more hunted than ever. Currently, several dozen companies in Romania have lost their human resources managers, and some of the highly sought after managers turned down offers to the tune of 8-9,000 euros. One of them is Stelian Marian (32), who has just left his position as head of human resources and organisational management with OTP Bank, in order to focus on his own business - consultancy firm Synergon Consulting. In the two years he spent with OTP Bank, the former manager turned down nine job offers, some of them including salaries of 7,000 to 9,000 euros. (
Ziarul Financiar )

NEC secures £350,000 deal for a new integrated HR and payroll system
Venue group NEC has signed a £350,000 deal with software provider MidlandHR to develop an integrated HR and payroll system. The system will be phased in over a two-year period, cumulating in new self-service, recruitment and learning and development functions for the group. The NEC Group comprises five venues in the West Midlands – The NEC, NEC arena, ICC, Symphony Hall and The NIA – which play host to hundreds of exhibitions, concerts and conventions every year. (PersonnelToday)

Gay couple benefits gaining

Almost half of the 10 largest employers in the region offer domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples - even as public universities in Ohio and Kentucky are grappling with the issue.  Over the past 10 years, major Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky employers such as Procter & Gamble, Health Alliance, Toyota and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have begun extending their benefits packages to include same-sex partners of employees. (Cincinnati Post)

Unilever-Accenture Deal: A Major HR Contract
Estimated at a billion dollars, the deal was the most prominent among a flurry of other major awards, including the EDS and IBM Global Services deals
As a flurry of major awards in June brought an otherwise quiet second quarter to a close, Unilever's seven-year Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) contract signed with Accenture in June stood out as among the most prominent. Estimated to be worth around a billion dollars, according to the deal, Accenture will provide HR services, including recruitment, payroll administration, performance management, workforce reporting and third-party provider management. (Global Services)

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Yoh Index of Technology Wages
Measuring changes in employee demand and supply of technology talent worldwide.

Technology Wages Increase in Second Quarter of 2006

There'll be no summer doldrums for tech workers this year, as wages for high-impact technology professionals in the second quarter of 2006 continue to outpace wages from 2005, according to the latest Yoh Index of Technology Wages, the quarterly compensation index used by Fortune 500 companies to determine salary scales.

Overall, wages kept an encouraging spring in their step during the typical slowdown in hiring and spending experienced with the approach of the summer months - the growth rate of hourly pay in the second quarter of 2006 dipped only slightly from the record wages recorded by the Yoh Index in the fourth quarter of 2005 and first quarter of 2006. 

The Yoh Index of Technology Wages ended the second quarter of 2006 at 106.87, when indexed to January 2001 (1/2001 = 100), indicating that wages for highly-skilled technology workers had increased 1.7 percent by the second quarter of 2006, when compared to the same quarter in 2005.

 "The weather is hot this summer and so are wages for high-impact, seasoned professionals in the technology market," says Jim Lanzalotto, Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for Yoh, a Day & Zimmermann company. "It's not unusual for wages in general to follow slow spring and summer hiring trends, but technology wages still held on strong and continue to surpass pay from 2005.  Top talent have every reason to stay confident about the job market – demand for high-level skills and deep-rooted industry experience is higher than ever but unbalanced with the shortage of talent to fill available positions. We should keep an eye out for more competitive wages to come from a hungry marketplace in the fall and winter of 2006."
Week Increase Pay Rate Index



Trends in Technology Wages: January 2001 – Present

Yoh began indexing pay rates in the technology sectors in January 2001. The technology wage market troughed in June 2001, started to rebound in the ensuing fall and fell dramatically after September 11. Wages began to recover in the early spring of 2002 and peaked in mid-summer before falling once again in the 4th quarter of 2002. Technology wages in 2004 were up slightly as compared to 2003. Tech wages outpaced national trends in 2005 as well as in the first and second quarters of 2006.

The Yoh Index of Technology Wages presents a current view of the changes in employer demand and supply of technology workers nationwide. Indexed to January 2001 the Yoh Index of Technology Wages was first introduced in January 2003 and is released quarterly.

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