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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2202, 2016

Instant Talent

By |February 22nd, 2016|

If Uber were a staffing firm…
When you push the magic button on your phone to request a driver, an email is sent to one of the thousands of Uber “taxi recruiters” around the country. The taxi recruiter searches its database of registered drivers for those with the same zip code as the passenger, and begins […]

111, 2015

Marking Their Turf

By |November 1st, 2015|

Human cloud, IT staffing firms eye each other – warily

Everyone’s talking about it – the human cloud. Proponents argue the human cloud will change the world of work by allowing companies to use online platforms, to get the best talent. Others are not so convinced.

Despite the dialogue, what does the advent of the human cloud […]

111, 2015

The Buzz: Advertise — Yes to Yourself

By |November 1st, 2015|

VEGAS TRIPS CHEAP! CLICK HERE!!! Many of us have been greeted by online ads like this. This one heralded me recently while I was perusing the Web. It is a targeted ad, named such because it is directly “targeted” to users based on their browsing history (in my case, because I had searched for and […]

110, 2015

The Buzz: The Gender Gap

By |October 1st, 2015|

Gender inequality is as old as commerce. Today, despite more women graduating college and pursuing advanced careers, there are far more men than women in many fields, most notably in technology. PowerToFly, a New York-based startup, is taking a crack at solving this centuries-old problem through its own creative blend of online talent marketplace meets social activism.

“We’re working on the […]

109, 2015

The Buzz: Bridging the Gap

By |September 1st, 2015|

Ask any hiring manager and you will hear the war for talent is heating up. At the same time, however, there is an ironic gap: millions of newly minted college graduates complain they can’t find work. What gives?

Part of the problem is a need for deeper insight about workers’ skills. It turns out college degrees […]

2607, 2015

The Buzz: Pay Per Applicant

By |July 26th, 2015|

Finding a new angle on sourcing and recruiting approaches is something all recruiters like to take a crack at. And even more so now, given the war for talent. Placing a bet and winning, however, is not so common. But New England-based startup Appcast believes it may have hit the jackpot.

In a combination of business […]

102, 2015

Research Report: No Escaping the Tax Man

By |February 1st, 2015|

Ben Franklin once famously quipped, “Nothing is sure but death and taxes.” While the topic of taxes and statutory expenses may not win you many friends at a cocktail party, the keen staffing executive knows that understanding one’s statutory expenses is critical for maintaining healthy margins. Due to a number of factors, including higher-than-average turnover […]