Need a job? Staffing firms can help
Looking for work is the toughest job. So it’s not surprising that more than half of all working and unemployed adults say they seek help from a staffing firm when job hunting, instead of searching alone.
Staffing firms operate in a variety of ways, sometimes placing workers in full-time, permanent positions, and sometimes in short-term or part-time stints, explains Alexandra Karaer of the American Staffing Association, a trade group. Typically, workers are employees of the staffing firm, which then contracts with client firms.
The survey showing a predilection for tapping staffing firms was conducted by one: the Chicago-based Addison Group.
Not only do half of respondents plan on using a staffing firm, but 70 percent of them expect they will get more pay from the arrangement.
That expectation is realistic, asserts David Morgan, Addison Group IT staffing manager. “[Staffing firm] workers are paid for every hour they work. If a project requires 60 hours a week, they are paid for each hour, whereas [regular employees] would be on a salary.”
Although the ASA reports that 11.5 million people work for staffing firms annually, only applicants who are deemed qualified get hired on, says Morgan.
The ASA reports that government data shows that staffing companies created more jobs than any other industry from June 2009 until July 2012.
One reason for the staffing boom is that profit-conscious businesses want to hire only when necessary, and the trend will continue, predicts Morgan.
But in “normal” economic times, notes Ana Castanon of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, staffing ranks “seventh or eighth” amongst the top industry groups for hiring.
As long as staffing firms are strongly favored by job seekers, economic conditions may not be normal.
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