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David Francis

About David Francis

David Francis is a research manager with Staffing Industry Analysts. He can be reached at dfrancis (at) staffingindustry (dot) com.

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2208, 2018

The Buzz: By the Hour

By |August 22nd, 2018|

As most founders will attest, running a technology startup is notoriously hard.

One of the biggest challenges is hiring quality software developers affordably, because they are some of the highest-paid and sought-after talent in the country. And for cash-strapped startups, they often are cost-prohibitive.

Enter Turtle.ai, a New York-based platform that makes it easy and affordable for […]

2407, 2018

The Buzz: Analyzing SOW

By |July 24th, 2018|

Statement of work is big business.

According to Staffing Industry Analysts’ estimates, companies spend $458 billion per year on contingent work via SOW globally. Some staffing firms are adding solutions business to their portfolio to command higher margins and get a more strategic seat at the table. That said, perhaps too often, work performed under an […]

106, 2018

The Buzz: Cracking a Tough Nut

By |June 1st, 2018|

Some occupations lend themselves to online staffing, either because they can be performed remotely, are project-based or perhaps because the work itself is relatively “low risk” from a client perspective.

Others have been tougher nuts to crack. Accounting and finance has been surprisingly resistant to the broader trend of work moving online.

Enter Paro, a Chicago-based company […]

105, 2018

The Buzz: A Picture Is Worth …

By |May 1st, 2018|

Personality tests are as old as psychology.

One test in particular — known as the “big five” or “fivefactor model” — scores individuals along five dimensions: openness, extraversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness and neuroticism. It is often used to predict performance and turnover in a work setting, but it can take up to two hours to administer and […]

2603, 2018

The Buzz: Fish in a Barrel

By |March 26th, 2018|

Great brands tend to attract great talent. Most companies, however, don’t leverage their brand toward their workforce the way they do toward their customers.

Enter TalentNet, an Ontario-based software company that helps large firms curate and deploy contractors they’ve already attracted. These contractors are already in the company’s database because they have either applied for a […]

1302, 2018

Before Day One

By |February 13th, 2018|

Starting a new job can feel overwhelming. On top of the nervousness and excitement typically associated with starting a new job, workers are often faced with figuring out their new firms’ facilities, culture and processes — on their own.

The experience can be even more intimidating for temporary employees, who might not know whom to ask […]

2011, 2017

Shark Tank — Gig Style

By |November 20th, 2017|

San Francisco-based Bunker was the winner of the Gig Economy Shark Tank Innovation Award, as voted by a panel of industry veterans and investors at Collaboration in the Gig Economy, while San Francisco-based Bonsai was voted “audience favorite.”

The session, modeled after the popular TV show “Shark Tank” on ABC, took place Sept. 14th in Dallas. […]

2609, 2017

Robo-Patrol

By |September 26th, 2017|

To peer into the future of staffing, one need look no further than Knightscope, a Mountain View, Calif.-based startup that builds and “places” security robots.

Founded in 2013, the firm deploys robots that, armed with myriad sensors, are primarily used to enhance, expand and automate on-site security services. They look like adolescent- sized iPods that patrol […]

2108, 2017

The Buzz: Tokens for Labor

By |August 21st, 2017|

When bitcoin was created in 2009, it brought with it equal parts excitement and apprehension. Bitcoin is what is known as a “cryptocurrency,” an online form of currency based on blockchain technology that is borderless, secure, decentralized, and can be transferred/exchanged instantaneously. By many accounts, bitcoin has been a success. However, their incredible price fluctuations […]

2707, 2017

The Buzz: Sense It

By |July 27th, 2017|

If a company has 10 employees and loses one, its employee expense is reduced by 10% (assuming equal pay).

For a staffing firm deploying 10 contractors, however, losing one of those contractors means revenue is down 10%. For an industry that is compensated based on the number of workers it employs, retention is not just important, it’s essential.

Enter San Francisco-based Sense, […]