September 7, 2011

Mayor Emanuel Announces 400 New Jobs at SeatonCorp

Staffing company continues rapid hiring and strong commitment to Chicago; focused on redefining job training space in city.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced 400 new jobs at SeatonCorp, bringing to more than 4,600 the total number of jobs the Mayor has announced during his administration.

“I am committed to creating an environment that attracts and retains the best and brightest workforce to Chicago,” said Mayor Emanuel. “SeatonCorp’s commitment to add 400 jobs in the next year is a reflection of the company’s faith in the hard-working people of Chicago. And the job training they provide to residents will allow our workers to gain the skills needed the jobs of the future.”

SeatonCorp is a Chicago based staffing and recruiting company that operates under the PeopleScout, Staff Management and StudentScout brands. The new positions will be part of all aspects of the company’s business, and will include programmers, recruiters, and account management positions. The company operates in more than 30 countries, and has more than 23,000 employees in the United States. The 400 new staff in Chicago will bring their total number of employees in the city to 1,600. SeatonCorp has added 500 recruiters in its Chicago headquarters in the last year alone, as its PeopleScout and Staff Management divisions are growing at a rapid pace. The new hires announced today are largely due to PeopleScout recently signing 17 new client engagements, many of which are with major American companies.  Most of the new client engagements will be serviced out of the Chicago headquarters location.

“A key aspect of SeatonCorp’s mission is job creation in America, and Chicago is the ideal place for us to continue to recruit strong personnel and expand our business,” said SeatonCorp CEO Patrick Beharelle. “We have seen the exciting things that are happening in this city, and we are proud to be a part of its progress. I am pleased to announce these crucial new positions and I believe that Chicago produces the right kind of employees for the future of our company and our nation.”

SeatonCorp was founded in 1988 in Chicago and has been headquartered in the city ever since. The company is, on an annual basis, involved in the hiring of more than 220,000 full-time positions around the nation, often working with Fortune 500 companies.  SeatonCorp’s current clients include leading companies such as Delta Airlines, Waste Management, Burger King, USAir, Aetna, Covance, and Jenny Craig.

Through its PeopleScout division, SeatonCorp is also a partner of Chicago Career Tech. PeopleScout’s personnel provide recruitment services for displaced workers involved in the Chicago Career Tech’s job retraining program that strives to close the workforce skills gap by providing businesses with talented, retrained professional to fill employment opportunities through hands-on employer-based learning,  career and professional development, and classroom training in high growth fields, particularly in the area of technology and healthcare IT. Chicago Career Tech serves more than 700 Chicagoans each year with crucial job retraining and career services.

The Seaton Corporation announcement is the eighth jobs announcement the Mayor has made in his first four months in office, joining United Airlines (1,300 jobs); Motorola Solutions (400); GE Capital (1,000); Allscripts (300); Walgreens (600); EMC (200); and Chase Bank (400).

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