FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Five Staffing Firms Chase One Temp Job at
Mr. Kim Berry - President of
SACRAMENTO May 27, 2014 - Five staffing firms are
competing to fill one seven-month temporary position at Honeywell,
according Programmers Guild, a U.S tech worker advocacy organization.
"There are too many temporary staffing agencies creating too many want
ads for jobs they don't even own - it's their client that creates them
- and often it’s the client who will decide who is ultimately hired,"
according to Kim Berry, president of the Guild. Companies competing to
fill this one position at Honeywell in Pennsylvannia were Acro Service
Corporation, Michigan, Artech Information Systems, New Jersey,
Collabera, New Jersey, GDKN, FL, and Experius Manpower, Wisconsin.
Berry, president of the Programmers Guild, equates this widespread
re-marking of job openings to concert ticket scalping. "These middle-men
add nothing of value, but have the goal of maximizing their take by
finding candidates willing to work for below market wages. These
companies rely on two conditions that hurt U.S. workers--high
unemployment and the elimination of permanent jobs."
Within hours of
activating his resume on Monster.com, an American worker reported that
he received several emails from different staffing agencies, regarding a
temporary "lead hardware engineer" position at Honeywell in in Fort
Washington, Pennsylvania. According to this worker:
All contacts were
for the same temporary position at Honeywell, approximately 6-months
The job description cites that "Persons will be working on a Team
locally and with a Team in India."
The hourly W2 Contract rate of $55
per hour seemed below market for a lead position requiring 6-10 years of
The American job seeker and member of the Guild speculates
that some of these technical recruiters were calling from India. He
notes that "they came across as unprofessional and inexperienced. I got
the impression that they were simply cross-referencing job-board
postings and resumes."
The Programmers Guild advocates for the interests of
U.S. tech workers against the offshoring and displacement of U.S. tech
jobs. The Guild proposes some basic H-1b reforms that would both stem
the displacement of qualified U.S. workers and improve the quality of
the H-1b workers that are admitted to the U.S. workforce.
Text of the staffing company emails.