The role of temporary staffing agencies in the United States

Temporary staffing services can be defined in simple terms as those services that are rendered by staffing agencies to their clients in the form of temporary employees possessing specific skill sets. This arrangement provides the client company to get on with peak demand periods or staff shortages occurring due to vacation of regular or permanent employees without requiring the time, expense of hiring permanent employees.

A large temporary staffing agency or firm may bring in any number of temporaries to work during days, nights, weekends or holidays to perform not only low skill tasks but also handling         in specific, time-sensitive and highly skilled projects. The role of temporary staffing firms is quite vital for the U.S economy as they are providing employment flexibility for workers and just-in-time labor for businesses. During the year-2007, the temporary staffing firms have employed about three million people on an average and about 11.4 million over the course of the year.

The advantages of hiring temporary workers or employees is well recognized by the businesses, workers, economists and policy makers in the United States as growing number of temporary employees are highly paid and highly skilled employees. These employees are working as technical, computer, and health care workers. The preference of candidates towards temporary employment option is due to its’ flexibility, independence and sometimes higher pay scales.  In a staffing poll conducted by the American Staffing Association or ASA, nine out of ten businesses opined temporary staffing agencies are offering flexibility to their businesses so that they can keep fully staffed during their busy periods. Besides flexibility, these companies/businesses also look to temporary staffing agencies as a good source of talent for hiring permanent employees.

Temporary employment is leading jobs indicator. As per the data provided by American Staffing Association or ASA and the Department of Labor, shows that when temporary jobs begin to decline, employment in general may be headed for a downturn. Quite opposite are the trends, when during recovery process, temporary jobs lead the way. Therefore, the role of temporary staffing agencies in providing employment opportunity to candidates as temporary employees is growing manifold. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, temporary staffing agencies are investing millions of dollars each year in training their temporary employees and these expenditures has grown dramatically.

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