We are the jobs people. Staffing companies match millions of
people to millions of jobs.
• 2.80 million people are employed by staffing companies
every business day.
• 12.9 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.
• 66% of staffing employees say flexible work time is
important to them.
• 64% of staffing employees report that their work gives them
the scheduling flexibility and the time for family that they
• 90% of client businesses say staffing companies give them
flexibility to keep fully staffed during busy times.
Temporary and contract work provides a bridge to permanent
employment. People can try out a prospective employer and showcase
their skills for a permanent job.
• 88% of staffing employees say temporary or contract work
made them more employable.
• 77% of staffing employees say it is a good way to obtain a
• 80% of staffing clients say staffing firms offer a good way
to find people who can become permanent employees.
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 to
• 33% of staffing employees say they work for a staffing
company because they like the diversity and challenge of different
The staffing industry provides free training for millions of
temporary and contract employees to help meet today's demand for
• 90% of staffing companies provide free training to their
temporary and contract employees.
• 65% of staffing employees say they developed new or
improved work skills through their assignments.
• 40% of staffing employees say they choose temporary or
contract work as a way to obtain employment experience or job
How big is the industry?
The staffing industry generated approximately $109.8 billion in
sales in 2011: $98.3 billion from temporary and contract staffing
and $11.5 billion in search and permanent placement services.
What accounts for the growth of the
America's work force is changing as more and more people are
looking for the flexibility that temporary work provides. Companies
are tapping into the flexible labor market to keep fully staffed
during busy times.
Do staffing firms charge employees a fee for temporary
How long do people hold temporary jobs?
While specific jobs may last from a few hours to several years,
the best estimates for the average tenure of temporary and contract
employees range from three to four months.
What types of assignments do staffing companies
Jobs range from day laborer to CEO and are available in virtually
What are the trends in the kinds of jobs that are
The fastest growth is occurring in professional and technical
How many staffing companies are there in the
According to the most current U.S. Economic Census data available,
there were about 17,000 staffing firms, which were in business for
a year or more during 2007. Those companies operated approximately
What kind of pay and benefits do temporary and contract
To attract the most qualified employees, staffing services offer
highly competitive wages and benefits. The average temporary or
contract employee earns around $12 per hour. Some earn more than
their permanent counterparts. Most staffing companies offer health
insurance as well as vacation and holiday pay, and many offer
retirement plans. Virtually any temporary or contract employee who
wants benefits can find a staffing firm that offers them.
What kinds of services do staffing companies
Staffing companies offer a wide range of employment-related
services, including temporary and contract staffing, recruiting and
permanent placement, outsourcing and outplacement, training, and
human resources consulting.
- Sources: American Staffing Association, U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census, Staffing Industry