Contract and temp employment staffing grows – can you handle it?

Companies are learning to do more with less following the economic turmoil of the Great Recession. As a result, many organizations in the United States are becoming adept at running on new technology and the skills of temporary or contract employees. To meet the demands of their customers, it is necessary for staffing and recruiting agencies to ensure that they are capable of responding to the intense requirements of their customers by deploying the newest technologies within their business to deliver qualified temporary or contract employees to their customers.

In the third quarter of 2012, U.S. staffing firms employed an average of 2.95 million temporary and contract workers per business day, according to the American Staffing Association (ASA). From July to September, there was an even greater amount of these workers – by approximately 4.3 percent on any given business day.

“Even though the rate of growth slowed during the fall, third quarter staffing employment was the highest it has been in five years,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer.

So, what does this mean for your staffing or recruiting firm? It means that you too are trying to get more done with less. It means that your business is probably growing in terms of the number of job orders and assignments you have to fill, but that you too are not in a position to add more internal staff resources to help with the added work.

That is where new technology comes into play. The most cost-effective help to this need to “get the work done” for staffing and recruiting firms is to implement appropriate recruiting and staffing software designed to improve staff productivity beyond where it is now.

With the ever-increasing presence of temporary and contract employees in the workforce, staffing and recruiting agencies may struggle to efficiently keep track of applicants from the start to finish of the hiring process. Equally important, to maximize their own profitability on each assignment or placement, staffing and recruiting firms need to provide their internal staff members with tools that enable them to accomplish their tasks with the least effort. Thus, staffing and recruiting firms looking to streamline efforts for efficiency can use a staffing software system based on advancing technology that has been designed to handle the increasing quantity of job orders and of qualified temporary and contract workers without increasing their internal resources.



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