Research Report

2703, 2017

Now, the Uptick

By |March 27th, 2017|

The US manufacturing sector continues to be an important pillar of the US economy, as well as a large buyer of staffing services — to the tune of more than $20 billion dollars each year. This article examines the latest government data to identify growth trends in the sector as a whole, as well as […]

1302, 2017

The Great Beyond

By |February 13th, 2017|

Like many other industries, the staffing industry is subject to global pressures. Clients expect more and more from their suppliers but want to pay less. At the same time, a number of low-cost disrupters have emerged in the human cloud to challenge the traditional staffing model. Therefore, many staffing firms have looked at the potential […]

111, 2016

Research Report: Tricky Metrics

By |November 1st, 2016|

Benchmarking your firm’s financial and operational performance relative to competitors within your industry is critical in managing for longterm success. But the process can only be as effective as the accuracy and specificity of the data available. Direct comparisons of your firm’s metrics versus those of your peers in the temporary staffing industry is a […]

110, 2016

Research Report: Healthcare Update

By |October 1st, 2016|

It’s an exciting time for the healthcare staffing industry, as demand for its services is greater than ever. Since implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which raised the number of Americans with insurance by more than 20 million, healthcare providers have been reporting increasing patient volumes. Since the health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion associated […]

109, 2016

The Niche Advantage

By |September 1st, 2016|

A recurring theme at our staffing industry confer­ences is the advantages of “nichefying,” or being a specialist rather than a jack-of-all-trades firm. Typically, this means going after a specific set (or sets) of occupations, such as information technology jobs or marketing/creative roles. This fosters sales and recruiting expertise in specific job domains and leverages a database […]

108, 2016

Research Report: Under Pressure

By |August 1st, 2016|

As the largest vertical in staffing, manufacturing is an attractive market. In this article, we focus on hiring trends and the hiring outlook for the US manufacturing sector as a whole — including some insights by geographic region — by looking at survey data from the Federal Reserve.

Understanding the health of the US manufacturing sector […]

106, 2016

Research Report: The Appetite Returns

By |June 1st, 2016|

The combination of low interest rates and historically high levels of cash on corporate balance sheets has helped whet the appetites for merger and acquisition (M&A) activity on the part of both strategic (i.e., corporate) and financial (i.e., private equity) buyers. According to data from Bloomberg, global M&A activity reached $3.8 trillion in 2015, surpassing the previous record from 2007 prior to the onset of the Great Recession.

Echoing […]

305, 2016

Research Report: Transatlantic Crossings

By |May 3rd, 2016|

In the 21st-century world of social media, it seems many of us are willing to share our most intimate experiences. That’s fine — it’s our choice — but when someone else holds your personal data, you are no longer in control of what happens to that data. Within Europe, it is reasonable to assume that […]

103, 2016

Research Report: Made in the USA

By |March 1st, 2016|

The staffing industry has deep roots in manufacturing, stretching back to the post-WWII period when the industry began to take shape. Today, manufacturing accounts for roughly 40% of staffing revenue in the US industrial staffing skill segment, or $12.2 billion in 2014 by our estimates, and thus remains a core industry vertical for industrial staffing. […]

2202, 2016

Evolving to Fit

By |February 22nd, 2016|

What is the Staffing Industry? It seems like a simple enough question on the face of it, but the staffing industry is quite amorphous and constantly shifting, especially when we look at it on a global basis and take into account some of the new business models that have evolved in recent years.

Ten years ago, […]