Temporary staffing agencies have struggled for decades to place a large number of temporary staff in a limited number of positions. If the current economic downturn has had any benefit it has helped employers understand the value of staffing. A tailored, strategic approach to temporary staffing has many benefits for employers and can help reduce overheads and manage payroll costs. The overall performance of temporary staffing practices can be vastly improved by the flexibility of scheduling staff only when they are needed, reducing risk and saving time.
The temporary staffing industry continues to expand, with yearly double-digit growth being commonplace. Companies find it convenient and cost-effective to work with a temporary staffing agency to fulfill unforeseen demand, fill short-term vacancies, and assist with changing workloads due to restructuring or mergers. Additionally, employers are enticed by the idea of "test driving" new employees to minimize risk and ensure a good match for permanent positions.
Many a job seeker has reaped great rewards from temporary staffing. Skilled but yet-inexperienced workers are able to get a foot in the door at prestigious companies, where a weak resume would have made it very difficult to be considered. Similarly, "drifters" (those who tend to rapidly drift from job to job) may be plagued by an overly-long resume. Temporary staffing services can be ideal for drifters, as they have the opportunity to work on short-term projects and move on without the negative repercussions. Retirees and college students are also very common candidates. A retired nurse may find enjoyment and extra income from a temporary medical staffing firm. A computer science major can gain valuable experience working with a technical agency.
While some companies may retain employees once the contract is over, others who are in need of temporary services simply provide employees an experience letter so as to aid their future endeavours. Temporary staffing agencies use innovative approaches to hunting for professionals looking to work on a short-term basis, and putting their skills to optimal use. They not only ensure that the job profile matches the employee's skill set, but also that he or she is willing to go an extra mile to complete the task within a stipulated time frame. With the current worries surrounding the recession, temporary staffing is something that is growing in popularity. Individuals are losing their jobs and they have to have somewhere to turn so that they can make some money to support themselves and their families.