The Joy of Work

Ask any staffing firm, big or small, what its top challenge is. Not surprisingly, the answers are identical: Finding people with the right skills given the scarcity of talent. Organizations — including staffing firms — are facing one of the largest talent shortages since 2007 with the US unemployment rate at 4.1% in February. […]


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The Extra Mile

March 26th, 2018|

Imagine creating an unfailingly great experience for your workers. That’s no easy feat. Now, consider doing so for workers who are placed elsewhere — your temporary workers. The levels of difficulty associated with this go up several notches. Research released […]

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The Candidate Connector

March 26th, 2018|

The business of matching job hunters with employers continues to change rapidly. Technology is making it easier to connect, yet it can also overwhelm those on both sides of the job-hunting equation with information and choices. Indeed, the world’s No. […]

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Marketing by Design

November 20th, 2017|

Marketing seldom gets the attention it deserves in the talent acquisition ecosphere. The landscape, however, has dramatically evolved as marketing strategies increasingly play a part in staffing agencies’ growth.

Marketing professionals in the staffing industry no longer simply generate newsletters, press […]

Online Showcase

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Re-Enter Moms

April 10th, 2018|

It’s a familiar story.  Mothers who take a break in their careers to raise children. They are ready to return to work, but face a bias from employers and concerns over the gap in their work history. And stay-at-home mothers […]

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Rising Overtime

April 5th, 2018|

As US manufacturing firms have expanded operations and increased their headcount over the past year, it is not surprising that use of overtime hours has also grown, as firms scramble to keep their operations running smoothly around the clock, handle […]

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Ready or Not, Here it Comes

March 13th, 2018|

When Congress passed its sweeping tax overhaul last December, US businesses celebrated the reduction of the corporate tax rate to 21%. In addition to the corporate tax break, pass-through entities — which include sole proprietorships, LLCs, partnerships and S-corps — […]

Recent Columns

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Perspective: Common Threads

My colleague and co-author Mike Cleland and I have spent a lot of time in the last couple of years thinking about what is different about staffing firms that are able to grow significantly faster than the market. As founder of Charted Path, Cleland has consulted with dozens of staffing firms, typically at a moment of crisis where growth becomes a challenge. And at SIA, we’ve long studied the largest and fastest-growing staffing firms in the industry. In fact, Cleland […]

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Benefit of Counsel: Avoid Compliance Failures

In 1991, the US Sentencing Commission published its Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations, which set standards […]

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Buyer Reality: Stand Out

How can you be the best supplier in the MSP supplychain? That’s a difficult question […]

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Research Report: Walking the Comp Tightrope

The largest operating expense for staffing companies is the remuneration paid to their staff, as […]

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Selling Smart: Know Thy Client

Most staffing companies talk ad nauseam about their differentiators: We have access to the best […]

The Staffing Stream

Latest Research

  • Temp Use of Human Cloud Staffing

    Key Findings: Temporary worker use of human cloud employment low but increasing. Altogether, 12.6% of temporary workers receive at least some income from either consumer-related or business-related […]

  • US Staffing Forecast April 2018

    Key Findings Primarily due to an improving economy, we project growth in the US temporary staffing market to accelerate from 3% in 2017 to 4% in 2018, reaching a market size of $132 billion in […]

  • US Pay Rate Rangefinder 2018

    The US Pay Rate Rangefinder was created to help staffing firms, workforce solutions providers, and employers benchmark their pay rates for occupations against local, state and national wage […]

  • Latin America Legal Update Q1 2018

    In this report, we round up the legal developments affecting the workforce solutions ecosystem in Latin America in Q1 2018: Chile New Requirement to Employ Disabled Persons Mexico Proposals […]