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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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1411, 2018

New Chapter

By |November 14th, 2018|

On Oct. 3, Upwork celebrated its debut as a public company. The firm’s shares, offered at $15, surged more than 50% on the first day of trading, eventually settling at about $21 a share, giving the firm a market capitalization north of $2 billion. The IPO may be the catalyst for a new chapter of growth […]

110, 2018

Let’s Do Lunch

By |October 1st, 2018|

Recruiting is, at its core, a business built on relationships. The best recruiters, particularly those recruiting tech talent, maintain a Rolodex of high-value candidates, actively trying to stay top of mind for when they might be ready to make a career change. In some cases, that may involve taking a candidate out to lunch, dinner […]

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 […]