July 6, 2015
Unemployment rates may ebb and flow as the years pass but the temporary staffing industry is still going strong. Because fields like construction and manufacturing are excellent for temporary work during busy seasons and large projects, there hasn’t been much slow down in the temporary staffing sector.
The Growth of Temporary Staffing
According to the American Staffing Association, over the course of a year America’s staffing companies hire over 14 million temporary and contract employees. And why shouldn’t they? Hiring temporary staff has become so flexible that it has become the obvious choice for hiring companies.
Of these employees, 76% of them work full time, compared to the overall workforce (82%). For over half of the temporary employees, it’s a means to eventually become a permanent employee with the company. Many people use temporary work to gain the experience they need in order to get the type of job they want. About one third of the temporary employees were offered a permanent job and of those that were offered, 66% accepted them.
Though finding permanent employees is a priority, the flexibility of scheduling is one of the many reasons that companies might call upon temporary employment and contract work.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for temporary help has increased since 1990. In the period from 1990-2008, the temporary help industry grew from 1.1 million people to 2.3 million people, thereby increasing skill sets and occupations. From 2009-2014, the need for temporary work grew by 57%. Within the next five years, this need is estimated to grow another 13%.
The Benefits of Temporary Staffing
The good news for employers is they do not need to take on full time staff if their workflow only calls for more labor during certain times of the year. For example, if one of your employees has to go on medical or maternity leave, you could get someone to fill in for them until they get back. This prevents other employees from having to take on more work and allows them to continue to focus on their primary responsibilities.
If an employer is interested in the temp-to-hire option, they have the ability to see how a worker performs before making them a permanent part of the team. In turn, this also gives the worker some time to assess if the position is right for them as well. Additionally, it is more cost effective to hire a temporary worker than it is to hire a full time worker with benefits. If an employer hires a staffing agency then the agency covers most of the costs involved with finding and paying the temporary employee.
Temporary workers can include highly skilled employees, allowing employers to bring in new and specialized skills to their company. So, if you’re interested in hiring temporary employees or even temp-to-hire, contact Personnel Staffing, Inc. today!