If you’re like most employers, you face the competing demands of profitability, wage pressure, and a tight labor market on a daily basis. Relax. Staffing companies can provide relief that’s easy, affordable and low-risk.
There’s a lot of talk today about the gig economy and freelance workers. That’s not exactly what modern staffing companies are all about. They’re more strategic than that. Staffing companies employ a wide range of motivated men and women in virtually every industry. They work with companies of all sizes to create sustainable employment strategies that will help them grow.
How much do you know about today’s staffing industry? Take this pop quiz to test your knowledge.
How many people work as temporary or contract employees in the staffing industry?
- More than 3 million every week
- More than 15 million every year
- Fewer than 1 million each week
- Nobody really knows
The answer is a). Staffing companies put more than 3 million people to work in a given week. They hire more than 15 million every year, some of whom work every week of the year and others who work on a short-term basis.
Why would someone choose to work as a temp for a staffing company when there are so many traditional jobs available?
- It’s a way to get permanent employment
- They like having a flexible schedule
- They think it makes them more employable
- They like the safety and security of working for a company they can trust
The answer is, All of these! According to the American Staffing Association, 49 percent of staffing employees see temp work as a way to get a permanent job. One in five like the flexibility of a schedule where they can work when they choose to. Nine out of ten think that the experience and skills they get when working temp makes them more employable. In addition, staffing company employees are assured that they’ll be paid the wage they’ve agreed to, on time, with all of their tax and compliance matters covered.
Why do companies choose to work with staffing firms when it’s a ‘buyer’s market’ for job seekers today?
- It gives them easy access to talent
- It frees-up their time
- It saves them money
- It relieves them of the burden of managing the details and risks of employment
Once again, the answer is, All of the above. Staffing companies are recruiting machines: they seek out, screen, test, and verify job candidates all day, every day. This gives them access to a diverse pool of talent for their clients.
On the client side, working with a staffing company means you don’t have to spend time or resources advertising, sorting through applicants, conducting interviews, and onboarding employees. Your staffing partner also handles local, state and federal compliance details, covers workers’ comp insurance, and is standing by to fill openings when turnover occurs. The savings in time and money more than make up for the fees charged.
How did you do on the pop quiz?
Whether you’re considering a staffing strategy for your firm or are a regular user of staffing services, the quiz is a good reminder of why the staffing industry has grown by 3.6 percent year-over-year.
Modern staffing companies provide a valuable resource to employers who want to make it easier to find, hire and employ a workforce that will help them grow.
There is always plenty to learn about how to incorporate a staffing model in your business. Contact Active Staffing Services today for a no-risk consultation. We think you’ll appreciate our Always Active philosophy and the benefits of working with a company that cares about your growth and our associates.