The emergence of contract staffing as reliable staffing solution

Contract staffing can be defined in simple terms as a co-employment relationship where a staffing agency or firm supplies staff to its client company for a specific function and time at a specified hourly rate. The contract employee usually has technical skills being employed by the staffing firm. However, the contract employee works within the office premises of the company with the latter (employer/supervisor) supervising the work of the former. The job length of the contract employee is about three to twelve months that can be further extended to two years or longer.

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The changing face of contract staffing

Contract staffing continues to break new records with employers building their businesses with the concept of blended workforce models. As per the studies carried on by Bingham Consulting Professional’s Monthly Employment Review for February – 2014, the temporary help services (that include contract staffing) has added 24,000 jobs reaching an all time high of 2,800,300 that represented a 8.9% increase over February – 2013. In addition, the temporary help services hit a record market share of 2.0336, that edged out the previous record market share of 2.0288 established in April – 2000. Nevertheless, this increase in contract staffing trends is not a short-term trend.

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Bird’s-eye view of services offered by staffing agencies

Staffing industry as a whole consists of staffing agencies, recruiters, headhunters, and other placement firms helping organizations in bridging the skill gaps and in adding jobs more than previously within the U.S. economy. Organizations as well as job seekers are finding it more advantageous in collaborating with top staffing agencies in fulfilling their skill gaps and economic uncertainty. Amidst the scarce talent, hard to fill job positions, and ever-increasing expectations, staffing agencies or firms have proven that they have guts to deliver exceptional services to both clients and job candidates.

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Recent forecast on temporary staffing trends

The U.S. temporary staffing services employment is expected to grow at a rate of 3.1% annual rate for over a decade from 2012 to 2022 as per the report carried out by the Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) – A research and industry analyst firm that focuses on contingent work force. Further, it is estimated that the U.S. temporary help services market would grow at a compound annual rate of 4.6% between 2014 and 2022. This forecast is based on underlying expectation that there would be continuity in shifts away from the use of the independent contractors due to misclassification enforcement in addition to the use of temporary workers in both professional and industrial occupations.

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