The changing recruitment trends in 2015

The change in the calendar year is the right time to have a peep over the new recruitment and staffing trends that could change the landscape of staffing industry. It is expected that the year-2015 will witness major changes in the staffing industry with the changing mindset of potential candidates. Companies out there are hungry for quality talent and these companies are willing to hire contract and temp workers for their deadline projects usually for less than a year through contract staffing firms. The American workers are more mobile and more connected than ever and therefore physical presence of them in the office premises is becoming less and less compulsory for many companies.

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The rise of contract staffing as a staffing model

The improvement in the prospects of the U.S. economy is resulting in an underlying shift in the complexion of work force that reveals about a large number of people do accepting temporary jobs by taking short term contracts. People as such are relying less on traditional full time jobs amidst a globally competitive economy. In addition, the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act is hastening this trend making it easier for people or workers to purchase health care insurance on their own and thereby alluring the companies to use contract staffing agencies to fill positions so that they can avoid insurance mandates.

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Contract staffing back with a bang to pre-recession levels

The staffing industry has seen huge changes during the last decade that are on par with economic upheavals and technological advances. This has resulted in companies changing their hiring strategy that consisted of relying more on contract staffing agencies for their hiring needs. Contract staffing has emerged as a big business and has seen an incredible growth in 2014 with expectations of further growth in the coming years. According to the data released by the American Staffing Association or ASA, the U.S. staffing companies employed on an average of 3.26 temporary and contract workers per week during the third quarter of 2014 that is about 6.1% increase for the same period of 2013.

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The role of staffing agencies for oil and gas industries

The oil and gas industry is an important sector of the U.S. economy with United States being the third largest petroleum producer with more than 500,000 producing wells and approximately 4,000 oil and natural gas platforms operating in the U.S. waters. In totality, the oil and gas supply is about 65% of U.S. energy. The nation has about 144 refineries processing more than 17 million barrels of crude oil every day. The industries in oil and gas extraction industry operate and develop oil and gas field properties that require a huge work force. The oil and gas employers or companies do recruit construction talent and candidates as their employees for higher wages.

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The need of hiring the services of staffing agencies

The recruitment industry that includes the staffing is quite larger than it seems. Staffing companies and recruitment agencies are offering a wide range of employment related services. Staffing companies in the United States are hiring more than 11 million temporary and contract employees during a course of a year and these temporary employees work in virtually all occupations in across all sectors. According to the American Staffing Association, percentage of temporary workers or employees during the year – 2013, consisted of 37% in industrial positions, 28% in office/administrative positions, 13% in professional/managerial positions, 13% in technical (including information technology, scientific positions), and 9% in health care position.

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The booming of contract staffing in United States

Staffing firms have emerged as the largest employment providers in the United States with vast resources at their disposal in the form of temporary, contract and permanent staffing options or types. Staffing firms are also a rich source of providing contract to hire staffing services, as there is more demand for such type of staffing in recent years. The history of contract staffing dates back to the late 1940s when there was a demand for seasonal workers in the form of secretaries and typists but with the passing decades, the parameters of hiring contract hire staffing has vastly changed.

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Rising employment trends to benefit staffing agencies

Staffing agencies or staffing firms as an industry is quite larger and according to the American Staffing Association or ASA, there are more than 17,000 staffing and recruiting companies in the United States that are operating with more than 35,000 branch offices. These staffing firms or companies range from smaller pop up shops with one office to multinational organizations having offices and branches employing thousands of employees. Their growth is also helping the job seekers as well as companies as they are directly or indirectly providing jobs to the former and prospective employees to the latter.

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The increased role of staffing services in United States

Staffing service firms or agencies are playing a pivotal role in  getting people to be engaged in jobs irrespective of the type of employment options such as temporary, permanent, contract to hire etc. Statistics do reveal that in the United States alone there are about 2.9 million workers working in the month of September-2014. However, it is not just about the industry engagement of temporary workers that has provided them with employment but also many of the staffing service firms or agencies have created jobs and placed millions of people in them.

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Staffing services climbing the economic ladder

The American economy is continuing to expand for more than five years in a row since the end of Great Recession. However, in this entire five year period the expansion is at sub-par levels. The U.S. economy took about five years to recover the jobs that were lost during the 18 months of Great Recession. Even though, the job losses have been regained but with the population explosion there are now new workers who are competing for the newly created jobs. The unemployment rate that has come on par with normal levels has also resulted in the decline of labor force participation to the lowest levels in decades.

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The Critical Role of Headhunters in Recruitment

Headhunters as such are playing an important role for more than five decades especially in the United States where the profession of headhunting has grown very fast. Headhunting services have spread globally. It is estimated that in China there are more than 50,000 headhunting firms. The retained executive search that is one of the key branches of headhunting is generating revenues of more than US$10 billion per annum globally. The headhunters or headhunting firms usually identify, source and select very few exceptionally brilliant higher-level executives for a given role.

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