Should You consider a staffing company as your next employer? The time may be just right. Here’s why.
The U.S. staffing industry has created more than 300,000 jobs since September 2009, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Business editors and reporters from around the nation have taken note—and many have sought information from the American Staffing Association about temporary employment and the staffing industry.
Over 2,000 news articles about the staffing industry have been logged so far this year. That is a 70% increase over the number logged by this time in 2009. The marked growth is due in large part to the staffing industry’s creation of more new private sector jobs than any other industry during the past several months.
Here’s what you should know about employment with a staffing company:
- 2.01 million people per day are employed by staffing companies.
- 8.6 million temporary and contract employees are hired by U.S. staffing firms over the course of a year.
- 79% of temporary and contract employees work full time, virtually the same as the rest of the work force.
Angie Tekin of Oasis Staffing, a Jacksonville company, says the timing couldn’t be better for connecting with a staffing company if you’re in the job market. “This is a great time to work for us because companies are wary of over – hiring – they simply don’t want to take on too many employees in an uncertain environment. What they do feel comfortable doing is hiring contingent employees until they see where the recovery is heading.”
Tekin says that the staffing industry was the first to feel the effects of the recession, but they are also the first to recover. Requests for qualified employees are up around 20% this year, according to Oasis, and that means that companies are looking for talent again. If you haven’t considered working with a local staffing company, this might be the time to explore the possibilities.