The Week’s Best Hiring News: Week of July 26, 2010
Okay, so the week kicked off with the news that companies aren’t hiring despite holding record amounts of cash. And, yes, by the end of the week it had become apparent that the reluctance to spend money had also taken hold of consumers, slowing the recovery. But, really, those are no reasons to despair.
On a more optimistic note, there were at least a few decent hiring-related pieces of news over the past week:
- President Obama brought the issue of hiring people with disabilities firmly into the spotlight. He ordered federal agencies to hire 100,000 employees with disabilities. Oh…and in a TV appearance almost no one noticed this week, he also pointed out that the auto industry has added back 55,000 jobs this year.
- The New York economy needs office workers, at least according to the Wall Street Journal, which reported that “while there are ongoing layoffs in certain areas related to mergers and restructuring, major firms are hiring in the areas of accounting, compliance, and systems development.”
- Where would we be without Google? (Probably not reading this, that’s for sure.) Not only has the company added a couple of thousand jobs this year, it announced plans to continue hiring for the rest of the year.
- Nomura. Wow. What else is there to say about a bank that “offered jobs to 40 students at triple the normal starting salary under a new plan to strengthen its international business.” And is planning to hire 560 more graduates in the near future. No word on whether those jobs are likely to be in Japan, though. (We suspect they are.)
- It’s not exactly C-suite stuff, but it sure sounds like you won’t ever be too far from a sandwich: Panera Bread announced plans to hire 25,000 workers. That’s all over the country, not in one store. We hope.