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In case you missed it: Aug. 20

Before we jump into the past week's headlines, we wanted to share some good news. The Seamless Workforce has been awarded a Staffing VOICE Award -- more specifically, an Award of Excellence in Company Blog -- by the American Staffing Association (ASA). So a big THANK YOU to all of you for being such a great audience this past year and helping to make this award possible.

And now, without further ado, a brief recap of current events. We thought we’d mix it up a bit this week, and hone in on the employment situation in a couple of the industries in which we operate. Have a great weekend!

Computerworld: IT Job Satisfaction in a Rut. Throughout the recession, many IT staffs felt increased pressure to work more hours and increase productivity. But the role of IT within the company was not always articulated clearly. The result? A recent study by the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) found that only 4.6 percent of IT workers are willing to “exert high levels of discretionary effort,” (or put in the extra effort to get the job done). This percentage is slightly higher (by 0.6 percent) than 2009, but down from 12 percent in 2007.

FiercePharma: Pharma contractors hiring fastest in sector. According to ZRG Partners’ Global Life Sciences Hiring Index, services and outsourcing companies are hiring at the fastest rate of any companies in the pharmaceutical sector -- in fact, five times as fast as drug companies themselves. And they’re hiring contract workers to handle the jobs previously tasked to full-time employees.

ABC News: Nursing Shortage: More Jobs Than Recruiters Can Fill. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing predicts that we’re on the brink of a severe nursing shortage. In December 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that more than 581,500 new registered nurse positions would be created through 2018, increasing the RN workforce by 22 percent. And by 2016, the nursing shortage will be in full swing.

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