Is your staffing and recruitment business impacted by online job sites? While online job sites for temporary workers are nothing new, changes in the marketplace and improved user experience on assignment boards are growing in popularity. So much so that websites like TaskRabbit have created new components that specialize in connecting workers directly with small- and medium-size businesses, reports 7X7.com.
“Small businesses are already our fastest growing customer segment,” Anne Raimondi, TaskRabbit’s CRO, told the news source. “They account for over 30 percent of our revenue. So this move is about listening to our customers as they tell us what they want and also seeing how they use our platform.”
The economic downturn is largely being attributed for the rise in popularity in job boards that offer temporary or contract employment opportunities that may reduce the role of the ‘middle-man’ – staffing firms – from the recruiting and hiring process.
“People have said our success is partly due to the economic downturn and while that may be true, something deeper is happening,” Raimondi told the news source. “We have highly educated people – 75 percent of them have at least a bachelor’s degree. They are choosing this because they don’t want a full-time job. They want a lot of flexibility and diversity in their lives and control over their destiny.”
It’s important to note that just because online opportunities are gaining more traffic, staffing and recruiting professionals are not seeing a downtick in the number of potential candidates or clients. According to the American Staffing Association, U.S. staffing and recruiting companies employed an average of 2.86 million temporary and contract workers per day in the first quarter of 2013 – up 2.9 percent in a year-over-year comparison. In fact, the first quarter of 2013 was the 13th consecutive quarter that demonstrated staffing job growth since the recession ended in 2009.
“Temporary and contract employment is a good indicator of where the economy is today,” said Richard Wahlquist, American Staffing Association president and chief executive officer. “Most staffing firms expect to see slow but steady growth in the months ahead.”
Why are staffing professionals not feeling the burden of online job boards? It’s simple. While online networking sites are simple and typically free, they don’t offer the same quality of services that a staffing professional can. Using recruiting software, you’re able to track a candidate’s progress through the entire recruiting process and match them effectively with the specific needs of your customers so that they have a higher level of confidence in the performance capabilities of the candidate.
The right combination of tools, skills and experiences make a staffing and recruitment professional the go-to source in the employment industry.