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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Role of permanent staffing agencies

Permanent staffing requirements are on up trend with fastest growth occurring in technical and professional occupations. The permanent job outlook in 2012 was somewhat lower than 2011 adding about 1.3 million job positions up till now when compared with 2011 when it was 1.5 million jobs. It is estimated that about 9 million jobs disappeared during the recession. The job opportunities being created this time are quite different from the ones that were lost during recession. Many of the jobs are created at the higher level and lower level positions but not for middle level management positions.

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