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The staffing industry, comprised of more than 20,000 staffing firms and 16 million staffing employees, contributes nearly $136 billion to the U.S. economy through temporary and contract staffing, recruiting and permanent placement, outsourcing and outplacement, and human resource consulting.
Staffing is an essential industry that provides vital flexibility and support to businesses, and opportunities and flexibility for employees.
Companies depend on staffing employees to get through busy seasons and to support major projects, new clients, and business growth. The flexibility staffing provides gives companies a competitive edge in matching resources and payroll to the needs at hand. More and more, companies are placing an increased premium on more flexible and agile workforces—and staffing plays a vital role in that strategy.
For employees, staffing offers a number of compelling benefits. At the top of that list is a bridge to permanent jobs—nearly nine out of 10 staffing employees say that temporary or contract work makes them more employable. One half say it’s a way to get a permanent job. One-third of temporary and contract employees were offered permanent positions by clients where they worked on assignments—two-thirds of those accepted the offers of employment.
Time has shown that staffing isn’t just good for our economy; it is an essential industry that provides vital flexibility and support to businesses, and opportunities and flexibility for employees. And as the economy continues to evolve, with information and connectivity coming to dominate its core, the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry is prepared to provide the vital support businesses need to grow and prosper.
Staffing companies match millions of people to millions of jobs.
2.96 million people per day are employed by staffing companies.
11.4 million temporary and contract employees are hired by U.S. staffing firms over the course of a year.
79% of staffing employees work full time, virtually the same as the rest of the work force.
The staffing industry offers flexibility to both employees and companies. People can choose when, where, and how they want to work. Companies can get the skills they need to keep fully staffed during busy times.
Many people choose temporary and contract work as an employment option. They can select their work schedules and choose among a variety of diverse and challenging assignments.
67% of staffing employees say choice of assignments was an important factor in their job decision.
23% of staffing employees have little or no interest in a permanent job—they prefer the alternative arrangement over traditional employment.
33% of staffing employees say they work for a staffing company because they like the diversity and challenge of different jobs.