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Who Buys Source

Based on a survey of more than 2,400 hiring managers and HR professionals, conducted by CareerBuilder, 30% of companies with more than 250 employees planned to increase their number of full-time, permanent workers in 2011, compared to 27% of firms with 51-250 employees and 14% of companies with 50 or fewer workers. In contrast, 9% of corporations with 250 or more employees expected to reduce their workforce in 2011, compared to 6% of firms with 51-250 workers and 5% of companies with 50 or less employees.

CareerBuilder, 2011

Profiling adults 18+ who searched online employment websites in the past 30 days:

GfK MRI, 2010

Of those adults 18+ who consulted online employment websites in the last 30 days, 52.2% were women and 47.8% were men.

GfK MRI, 2010

Adults 18+ who accessed online employment websites in the past 30 days, by age group: 18-24, 24.5%; 25-34, 26.8%; 35-44, 22.0%; 45-54, 18.0%; 55-64, 7.5%; 65+, 1.3%.

GfK MRI, 2010

Adults 18+ who searched an online employment website in the last 30 days, by income bracket: $100,000+, 23.5%; $75-99,999, 14.9%; $60-74,999, 11.9%; $50-59,999, 9.5%; $40-49,999, 9.3%; $30-39,999, 10.1%; $20-29,999, 9.0%; under $20,000, 11.8%.

GfK MRI, 2010

Adults 18+ who consulted an online employment website in the previous 30 days, by race: White, 69.2%; Black, 15.9%; Other, 14.9%; Hispanic origin, 13.4%.

GfK MRI, 2010

Adults 18+ who searched online employment websites in the past 30 days, by region: Northeast, 19.4%; Midwest, 21.5%; South, 33.6%; West, 25.5%.

GfK MRI, 2010

Adults 18+ who checked online employment websites in the last 30 days, by marital status: Single, 42.4%; married, 43.4%; separated/widowed/divorced, 14.2%.

GfK MRI, 2010

Percentage of the following types of businesses that commonly engage temporary or contract employees: Office/clerical, 62%; industrial, 58%; accounting and finance, 28%; IT/technical, 17%; health care, 15%; executive and management, 7%; sales and marketing, 5%; legal, 4%.

American Staffing Association, 2010

According to research by the American Staffing Association, the larger the business, the more likely that it utilizes staffing services.

American Staffing Association, 2010

When They Buy Source

Research by the American Staffing Association concludes that while specific jobs may last from a few hours to several years, the best estimates for the average tenure of temporary and contract employees range from 3-4 months.

American Staffing Association, 2011

Share of revenues generated by the staffing industry, by quarter (3-year average, 2007-2009): First Quarter, 24.3%; Second Quarter, 25.0%; Third Quarter, 25.4%; Fourth Quarter, 25.3%. 

American Staffing Association, 2010

Of those individuals age 16+ who were unemployed as of November 2010, the average number of weeks they had been without a job was 34.5.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010

Why They Buy Source

Why companies use temporary employees (more than one answer possible): Fill in for absent employees or temporary vacancies; 80%; provide extra support during busy times or seasons, 72%; staff special short-term projects, 68%; help find good permanent employees, 59%.

American Staffing Association, 2011

According to a survey by the American Staffing Association, 67% of staffing employees say choice of assignments was an important factor in their job decision, while 33% of staffing employees say they work for a staffing company because they like the diversity and challenge of different jobs. Twenty-three percent have little or no interest in a permanent job -- they prefer the alternative arrangement over traditional employment.

American Staffing Association, 2011

The revenue of personnel agencies depends on the number of jobs they fill, which in turn depends on the nation's economic growth. During economic slowdowns, many client companies stop hiring altogether. In years of good economic growth, the number of jobs in the U.S. economy grows 1-2% per year.

Hoover's, 2011

A 2010 survey conducted by Monster.com asked job-seekers what would make them most loyal to an employer: Good pay and benefits, 27%; great boss and co-workers, 21%; getting recognized for what I do, 21%; challenging/interesting work, 20%; opportunities for advancement, 11%.

Monster.com, 2010

How They Buy Source

Based on research by the American Staffing Association, the average temporary or contract employee earns around $12 an hour. Most staffing companies provide health insurance as well as vacation and holiday pay, and many offer retirement plans.

American Staffing Association, 2010

What They Buy Source

According to a survey of more than 2,400 hiring managers and human resource professionals, conducted by CareerBuilder, the top 10 areas for job recruitment in 2011 will be: 1. Sales, 27%; 2. Information Technology, 26%; 3. Customer Service, 25%; 4. Engineering, 21%; 5. Technology, 19%; 6. (tie) Administrative, Business Development, and Marketing, 17%; 9. Research/Development, 15%. 10. Accounting/Finance, 14%.

CareerBuilder, 2011

Based on research by The Conference Board, occupational categories generating the highest number of online help-wanted ads in the U.S. during the month of December 2010: 1. Computer and mathematical science; 2. Management; 3. Healthcare practitioners and technical; 4. Sales and related; 5. Office and administrative support; 6. Business and financial operations; 7. Architecture and engineering; 8. Transportation and material moving; 9. Installation, maintenance and repair; 10. Production. 

The Conference Board, 2011

According to the Monster Employment Index, occupations experiencing the highest online demand at the end of 2010: 1. Business and Financial Operations; 2. Transportation and Material Moving; 3. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media; 4. Healthcare Support; 5. Computer and Mathematical.

Monster.com, 2011

According to research by the U.S. Department of Labor, occupational fields expected to grow fastest through 2018: 1. Management, Scientific and Technical Consulting Services; 2. Computer Systems Design and Related Services; 3. Social Assistance (except Child Care); 4. Software Publishers; 5. Scientific Research and Development Services; 6. Health Care; 7. Employment Services; 8. Construction; 9. Child Day Care Services; 10. Advocacy, Grantmaking and Civic Organizations.

U.S. Department of Labor, 2010

According to the U.S. Labor Department, hiring for temporary jobs was up 22.1% year-over-year at the end of September 2010.

CNNMoney.com, 2010

Based on a late-2010 survey of recruiters by ExecuNet, which executive job functions they expected would see the most hiring growth in the coming year: 1. Business Development; 2. Sales; 3. Operations Management; 4. (tie) Engineering and Marketing; 6. General Management; 7. Finance; 8. Research and Development; 9. (tie) Consulting and MIS/IT. 

The Wall Street Journal, 2010

Where They Buy Source

Adecco is the largest employment agency in the world, serving more than 100,000 clients from about 5,500 offices worldwide. Randstad Holding is the second largest temporary and staffing employment agency, with around 4,100 owned and franchised offices in more than 40 countries. Manpower is the world's third largest staffing company, with some 4,000 offices in 80 countries. Korn/Ferry International ranks as the world's largest executive recruitment firm, with 80 offices in 35 countries.

Hoover's, 2011

According to research by The Conference Board, U.S. cities with the highest number of job vacancies advertised online during the month of December 2010: 1. New York; 2. Washington, DC; 3. Los Angeles; 4. Chicago; 5. San Francisco; 6. Boston; 7. Dallas; 8. Philadelphia; 9. Atlanta; 10. Seattle-Tacoma.

The Conference Board, 2011

According to The Conference Board, states with the most online advertised job vacancies for the month of December 2010: 1. California; 2. Texas; 3. New York; 4. Florida; 5. Pennsylvania; 6. Illinois; 7. Virginia; 8. New Jersey; 9. Ohio; 10. Massachusetts.

The Conference Board, 2011

Permanent placement agencies, temporary help services and professional employer organizations (PEOs) are the three main staffing industry segments. Agencies may specialize in placing senior managers (executive recruiters, headhunters), midlevel managers, technical workers, or clerical and other support workers. Many agencies also provide HR consulting services and may manage the entire recruiting function for customers.

Hoover's, 2011

According to the Monster Employment Index, which monitors online job postings, finishing as the top local metro employment growth markets at the end of 2010 (when compared to the previous year) were: 1. (tie) Philadelphia and Detroit; 3. Orlando; 4. Minneapolis; 5. Cincinnati.

Monster.com, 2011

According to a survey of more than 18,000 employers in 100 U.S. metro areas, the best places for finding a job in 2011: 1. Baton Rouge; 2. Seattle; 3. Milwaukee; 4. (tie) Phoenix, Tulsa and Youngstown; 7. (tie) Nashville, San Diego and Washington, DC. 

Forbes, 2010

Among the largest metro areas in the U.S., cities with the lowest rates of unemployment as of November 2010: Honolulu, HI, 5.4%; Washington, DC, 6.0%; Oklahoma City, OK, 6.2%; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, 6.5%; Salt Lake City, UT, 7.1%; Austin, TX, 7.1%; Virginia Beach, VA, 7.2%; Boston, MA, 7.4%; Pittsburgh, PA, 7.4%; Milwaukee, WI, 7.5%.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010

Among the largest U.S. metro areas, cities with the highest unemployement rates as of November 2010: Las Vegas, NV, 14.3%; Riverside, CA, 14.3%; Sacramento, CA, 12.6%; Tampa, FL, 12.6%; Los Angeles, CA, 12.1%; Miami, Fl, 12.1%; Detroit, MI, 12.0%; Orlando, FL, 11.9%; Jacksonville, FL, 11.6%; Providence, RI, 11.1%.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010

As of November 2010, states with the highest levels of unemployment: Nevada, 14.3%; California, 12.4%; Michigan, 12.4%; Florida, 12.0%; Rhode Island, 11.6%; Oregon, 10.6%; South Carolina, 10.6%; Kentucky, 10.2%; Georgia, 10.1%; Mississippi, 9.9%.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010

As of November 2010, states with the lowest levels of unemployment: North Dakota, 3.8%; South Dakota, 4.5%; Nebraska, 4.6%; New Hampshire, 5.4%; Vermont, 5.7%; Hawaii, 6.4%; Iowa, 6.6%; Wyoming, 6.6%; Virginia, 6.8%; Kansas, 6.8%.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010

Business Trends Source

A survey of leading U.S. economists, conducted by CNNMoney, predicted an average of 2.5 million jobs would be added to the U.S. economy during 2011, qualifying as the best one-year gain in hiring since 1999.

CNNMoney.com, 2011

According to a survey of more than 2,400 hiring managers and HR professionals, conducted by CareerBuilder, 24% of employers planned to hire full-time, permanent employees in 2011 (up from 20% in 2010 and 14% in 2009), while only 7% expected to decrease their number of workers in 2011 (down from 9% in 2010 and 16% in 2009). Fifty-eight percent of employers anticipated no change in their staff levels, while 11% were unsure.

CareerBuilder, 2011

There are approximately 6,000 staffing companies in the U.S. that have been in business for a year or more. These firms operate some 20,000 offices.

American Staffing Association, 2011

Based on a survey of more than 2,400 hiring managers and HR professionals, conducted by CareerBuilder, 13% of employers planned to hire part-time employees during 2011 (up from 11% in 2010 and 9% in 2009), while 34% said they expected to hire contract or temporary workers in 2011 to supplement leaner staffs.

CareerBuilder, 2011

According to the American Staffing Association, temporary staffing firms employed an average of 2.01 million workers per day in 2009, a 24.6% drop from the 2008 average of 2.665 million. 

American Staffing Association, 2010

Revenues generated by the staffing industry totaled $61.4 billion in 2009, down from $86.2 billion the previous year. Of the 2009 total, 87.1% came from temporary and contract staffing, while the remaining 12.9% was attributed to permanent placement services.

American Staffing Association, 2010

According to a late-2010 survey of CEOs representing large U.S. companies, conducted by the Business Roundtable, 45% of the respondents said they expected their companies to add workers in 2011. This was the highest percentage since the survey began in 2002.

USA Today, 2010

According to a report by Aon Hewitt, projected salary increases in 2011 for the following categories of workers: Executives, +2.7%; salaried exempt employees, +2.8%; salaried non-exempt employees, +2.8%; non-union hourly workers, +2.7%; union workers, +2.7%.
 

Aon Hewitt, 2010

As of November 2010, the unemployment rate in the U.S. stood at 9.8%.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010

Based on statistics compiled by the American Staffing Association, approximately 8.6 million temporary and contract employees were hired by American companies during the course of 2009, down from 11.2 million in 2008 and 11.4 million in 2007. The ASA figures that 79% of staffing employees work full-time.

American Staffing Association, 2010

For each U.S. job opening at the end of September 2010, there were five persons looking for work, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. At the end of 2009, there were six job seekers for every job opening.

The Wall Street Journal, 2010

Misc Source

According to a 2010 survey of hiring managers, conducted by OfficeTeam, what they are looking for when speaking to an applicants' references: A description of past job duties and experience, 36%; a view into the applicants' strengths and weaknesses, 31%; confirmation of job title and dates of employment, 11%; description of workplace accomplishments, 8%; a sense of the applicant's preferred work culture, 7%; other/don't know, 7%.

OfficeTeam, 2010