Every day, staffing businesses send three million employees to work in America’s offices, factories, hospitals, warehouses, and other work sites—virtually every place that Americans work, staffing employees are on the job.
The staffing industry, comprising more than 17,000 staffing companies and 11 million staffing employees, contributes nearly $120 billion to the U.S. economy through temporary and contract staffing and search and permanent placement services.
Businesses 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 employment—99% of staffing employees who engage with a staffing firm with principal the goal of obtaining a permanent job achieve their objective. Nearly 9 out of 10 staffing employees say that temporary or contract work makes them more employable; almost eight in 10 say it’s a good way to land a permanent job. Companies that use staffing employees agree: 80% say staffing firms are a good way to find people who can become permanent employees.
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.