May’s edition of News from the Nest includes a regional job market update for Edmonton, Alberta, a recap of what happened in the IT Industry in April 2018, plus trending articles for independent contractors, including “Bill 148: What Independent Contractors Need to Know”.
National Staffing Company Invests in Growing Western Operations
Eagle Announces Two New Appointments in Western Canada
Eagle Wins Professional Development Award 2 Years in a Row
Professional Staffing Company’s Training & Development Programs Continue to Lead the Industry Ottawa, ON, May 17, 2018 –Eagle Professional Resources Inc. (Eagle), one of Canada’s largest staffing companies, is proud to once again be recognized by its industry peers as the leader in professional development for its staff. On May 16th, Eagle was presented the … Continue reading Eagle Wins Professional Development Award 2 Years in a Row
IT Industry News – April 2018
A Little History of April in previous years Five years ago, in April 2013 Rogers paid $200 million for Primus’ BlackIron subsidiary, including datacenter capability; Toronto based Softchoice also chose to go private in a $412 million private equity deal; Shaw paid $225 million for an Enmax fibre network subsidiary in Calgary; Best Buy sold … Continue reading IT Industry News – April 2018
Eagle Maintains Status as a Best Workplace in Canada
Canadian Staffing Company Recognized by Great Place to Work for the 4th Consecutive Year
News from the Nest (April 2018)
This month’s edition of News from the Nest includes a regional job market update for Calgary, AB, Eagle’s most recent IT Industry News, and the hottest posts from the Talent Development Centre, including “Format and Save Your Resume for Recruiters, Not for You”.
Eagle-Sponsored Young Authors’ & Illustrators’ Festival Returns to Ottawa
27th Annual MASC Event Expected to Inspire Hundreds of Children Ottawa, ON, April 16, 2018 – Once again this year, MASC’s Young Authors’ and Illustrators’ Festival is returning to the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, and Canadian staffing company Eagle Professional Resources (Eagle) is proud to continue its role as the event’s presenting … Continue reading Eagle-Sponsored Young Authors’ & Illustrators’ Festival Returns to Ottawa
IT Industry News – March 2018
In March 2018, there was a significant amount of M&A activity. The deal of the month saw Salesforce pay $6.5 billion for cloud integration company Mulesoft. Plantronics is paying $2 billion for unified communications company Polycom; and Amazon is paying $1 billion for smart home company Ring. Other deals saw eBay shell out $700 million for the commerce platform Qoo10; Cognizant is buying Bolder Healthcare Solutions; HPE Aruba is buying Cape Networks; VMWare is buying security company E8; and Deloitte is buying API Talent in New Zealand. It’s also nice to see Avaya buying Spoken Communications after leaving Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Facebook received a lot of attention around the world this month with questions about improper use of client data and their potential role in major political situations like the US election and Brexit vote.
The Canadian economy has enjoyed a reasonably decent run in 2017, but 2018 is starting to look less than rosy. Indications are that GDP and employment growth will slow down as the year progresses. Obviously, NAFTA negotiations and interprovincial spats will have some influence, in addition to new labor laws and the carbon taxes beginning to take effect. The US economy is benefiting from the recent tax decreases and the general tone around the world is focused more on positive employment numbers and skills shortages rather than high unemployment.
News from the Nest (March 2018)
The March 2018 Edition of News from the Nest includes links to our latest IT jobs, Eagle’s most recent IT Industry and Quarterly Job Market Updates, and our most popular recent posts, including “Canada’s Small Business Tax Changes from the New Federal Budget”.
IT Industry News – February 2018
February 2018 was a very active month in M&A, with lots of deals. The biggest saw more consolidation in the telco space with US based GTT paying $2.3 billion for London headquartered Interroute, thus expending its global footprint. Security companies were a theme in this month’s acquisitions and you will spot several in the following list. Cybersecurity firm Phishme was bought with $400 million of private equity money; Splunk paid $350 million for Phantom Cyber Corp; and Proofpoint paid $225 million for Wombat Security Technologies. Other deals saw LogMeIn pay $342 million for Jive Communications; Carbonite pay $146 million for Mozy; and Red Hat paid $250 million for Core OS. Some of the household names that were also out making deals included Oracle, Google, Opentext, Avaya and Citrix. All in all the busiest M&A month I have seen in a while.
Samsung was in the news for passing Intel in size within the chip manufacturing market for the first time, which is much more positive press than the scandal from a year ago. The fourth quarter of 2017 saw the first decrease in smartphone sales since 2004. It is suggested that cybercrime is now costing $600 billion annually which is up about a third in the last three years.
The Canadian market took a hit in January, losing 80,000 jobs (50,000 in Ontario). The stark difference in tax treatment between the Canadian budget and the US tax reform moves, together with NAFTA negotiations are causing some concern in Canada. The US however continues to enjoy continuing job growth and almost every indicator is positive. Around the world most countries are enjoying job growth and positive indicators. One exception to all that positivity is in the UK where the uncertainly around Brexit seems to be having an impact.