Sharon Thomas

About Sharon Thomas

Sharon Thomas is a senior editorial director with Staffing Industry Analysts. She can be reached at smthomas (at) staffingindustry (dot) com.

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1411, 2022

Ahead of the Curve: Recruiting Challenge

By |November 14th, 2022|

Recruiting Challenge

Recruiting difficulty among respondents to SIA’s Pulse Survey decreased to a level of 3.49 in August from 3.72 in June; recruiting difficulty was particularly high for firms serving the manufacturing industry at 4.35. By staffing focus, the industrial and office/clerical segments were also relatively high at 4.04 and 4.00, respectively. Meanwhile, recruiting qualified talent […]

1411, 2022

Trends That Matter: Look in the Mirror

By |November 14th, 2022|

Look in the Mirror

Employers describe “quiet quitters” as unmotivated slackers who do the bare minimum and won’t go “above and beyond.”

Employees, meanwhile, have been working 50-plus hours a week, which is affecting their mental health. Work bleeds into the weekends because they need time to catch up and prepare for the week ahead. They are […]

1411, 2022

Behind the 2022 Global Power 150 — Women in Staffing

By , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and |November 14th, 2022|

Many of the women in the Global Power 150 – Women in Staffing list are already CEOs. Others will someday head the company they are at or a competitor, and still others will make waves in other leadership roles. Regardless, they have all played a big part in leading their divisions and ­firms to record […]

1710, 2022

Ahead of the Curve: RPO to Slow?

By |October 17th, 2022|

Of the global recruitment process outsourcing market’s estimated $7.4 billion in 2021 revenue, 31% came from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A report by SIA found that European RPO revenue in Europe had grown 21% between 2020 and 2021. However, SIA forecast growth may slow this year despite a pipeline of interest and opportunity […]

1710, 2022

Staffing 100 Europe

By , , , , , , and |October 17th, 2022|

The last few years have been turbulent ones for the staffing industry. This tempest might have followed a long period of stability, but we are now looking at a volatile and uncertain 2023. A difficult economic environment and the war in Ukraine have aggravated a talent shortage that has been especially challenging for staffing companies. […]

1909, 2022

Ahead of the Curve: Understand Your Data

By |September 19th, 2022|

Data is the core of businesses that provide services rather than create a tangible product. In the past, staffing companies included as part of their value the size of their databases of candidates and/or clients. Today, with the number of repositories of candidate information existing online — and the wide variety of tools for searching […]

1909, 2022

Trends That Matter: Benefits of an ERG

By |September 19th, 2022|

We include developments from the Staffing Industry Daily News and the Staffing Stream to help you focus on emerging movements that could shape your business for the better.

Benefits of an ERG

An employee resource group is a voluntary group of employees formed around a common identity or interest. Common themes include employees of color, LGBTQIA+ employees, […]

1807, 2022

Ahead of The Curve: Gross Margins

By |July 18th, 2022|

Report explores trends over time in IT temp staffing

The median gross margin for US IT temporary staffing expanded 715 bps over 11 years, reaching 25.6% in 2021, according to SIA research. While results may be influenced by the composition of survey respondents, gross margin for the sector has typically ranged from 23% to 25% since […]

1807, 2022

Compliance Branch

By |July 18th, 2022|

Healthcare Staffing: Illinois regulations; Federal study proposed

Illinois has enacted legislation that precludes conversion fees and noncompetes in nurse staffing, among other requirements. Meanwhile, a senator calls for a study on the business practices of healthcare staffing firms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Illinois bans noncompetes and conversion fees. New legislation that restricts noncompetes and conversion fees in […]

1605, 2022

Ahead of the Curve: High NPS

By |May 16th, 2022|

Leadership speaks volumes

Internal staff gave their staffing firms an overall net promoter score of 71 in 2022, with 67% of respondents reporting they were “extremely likely” to recommend their staffing agency to a friend or colleague. Senior leadership had the most impact on the NPS. The least impactful factor was pay and benefits.

Source: “North America […]