Tag Archives: temp workers

July 01, 2016

Temp Worker Trends across the States

For the past few years, temporary help has been one of the fastest growing sectors of the labor market. However, the distribution of those workers hired by staffing agencies is uneven across the United States. At the end of 2015, temp workers accounted for over 2 percent of total U.S. employment. However, the recent slowdown in staffing agency hiring, has some economists worried as businesses can easily dismiss...




May 01, 2015

DCR National Temp Wage Index - May 2015

The United States economy added only 126,000 jobs in March 2015, the lowest since December 2013, and way below the 250,000 new jobs economists were forecasting. Among the jobs created, health care, business services, and the retail sector had the highest contributions. Professional and business services had the largest gains with 40,000 jobs added; the industry on average has seen 34,000 jobs added each month in the...




April 01, 2015

DCR National Temp Wage Index - April 2015

The most recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that the economy gained 295,000 jobs in February 2015, while the unemployment rate declined 0.2 points to 5.5 percent, the lowest in six and a half years. The biggest employment gains were found in food services and drinking establishments  with 59,000 jobs added, followed by professional and business services with 51,000 new jobs, and...




March 01, 2015

The Freelancing Landscape

Freelancing has become an enormous part of the work landscape over the last few years. A recent report by the Freelancers Union reveals that there are 53 million people doing freelance work in the United States, making up 34 percent of the national workforce. These people contribute an estimated $715 billion in freelance earnings to the economy. Freelancing means working for an individual or business as an...




March 01, 2015

DCR National Temp Wage Index - March 2015

The latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) signaled that the economy is finally regaining strength, with accelerated hiring, increased wages, and people who had dropped out from the workforce restarting their job hunts.  In January 2015, employers added 257,000 new jobs, surpassing economists’ estimates of 228,000 jobs. The biggest job gains came from the retail and construction...




January 01, 2015

Employment Trends for 2015 and Beyond

Last month, DCR TrendLine concluded the year by providing a recap of the trends in employment over the course of 2014. As we gear up to begin 2015, we highlight our predictions of employment and workplace trends for the upcoming year. Generation Z, born between 1994 and 2010, is becoming a major target for companies looking for interns. The oldest Gen Z’s will be seniors in college in 2015. Companies such as...




January 01, 2015

DCR National Temp Wage Index – January 2015

In November 2014, the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that U.S hiring surged, adding a surprising 321,000 jobs, far exceeding analysts’ predictions, with the largest monthly increase since January 2012. Average hourly wages had their biggest gain in 17 months. The unemployment rate was unchanged from October at 5.8 percent. U.S. private sector employment rose by 208,000 jobs...




December 01, 2014

Roundup of Our 2014 Workforce Predictions

At the end of 2013, DCR TrendLine provided our prediction of workforce trends we expected to be of importance in 2014. Now as we approach the end of 2014, we take a look at some of these predictions to determine what happened over the course of the year. In 2014, we witnessed a shifting of the workforce, with a new generation of workers arising as Baby Boomers start to retire and a movement away from conventional...




November 01, 2014

Industry Highlight: Retail Index

November means that we’re officially in the fall season. It’s time for pumpkins, apple pies, Thanksgiving, and the biggest shopping days of the whole year – Black Friday and Cyber Monday! It’s only fitting that as we head into the holiday season we take a look at employment trends in the retail industry. Although the holidays generally signal low levels of hiring in many industries, it’s...




November 01, 2014

DCR National Temp Wage Index – November 2014

In September 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the U.S. economy added 19,700 temporary help services jobs, and the number of temporary help services jobs in August 2014 was revised upward by 17,600. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent, while payrolls exceeded expectations with 248,000 jobs added. Professional and business services added 81,000 jobs. Outside of employment services,...




November 01, 2014

Regional Staffing Highlights

Every six weeks, the Federal Reserve Board releases a report describing the current economic condition for each of the Federal Reserve Districts. According to the most recent release of the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book report, conditions for staffing services are generally positive across all districts. Nearly all the districts reported difficulties in finding certain types of skilled labor and little change in...




October 01, 2014

The Progression of the “Employee”

Over the past decade, the definition and image of employees has changed. With the influence of social media, mobile apps, and constant connectivity, technology is seamlessly woven into workers’ everyday reality, blurring the distinction between traditional hours of work, school, and personal life. And employers have shifted their view of workforces as well - workers were once considered disposable cogs and now...




October 01, 2014

Temp Employment at an All-Time High

According to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), an all-time high of 2.8 million Americans are working in temporary help jobs. The report states that temporary jobs make up 2 percent of total employment in the United States. Additionally, 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies are using temporary workers, especially in their warehouses. Additionally, the American Staffing Association (ASA) shows figures stating...




September 01, 2014

DCR National Temp Wage Index - September 2014

Projected hourly wages for temp workers continue to trend upwards. According to the latest figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.7 percent for the 3-month period ending June 2014. Compensation for private industry workers increased 2.0 percent over the year. Wages and salaries increased 1.9 percent for the current 12-month period ending June...




September 01, 2014

Top 7 Metro Cities for Contingent Workers

The temporary help services industry suffered greatly during the recession, losing almost 750,000 jobs from 2007 to 2009. However, staffing agencies have recovered over the past few years. Temp employment passed its pre-recession peak in 2013, and is expected to encompass over 3 million jobs by 2017. Source: CareerBuilder & EMSI In some of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, the revival of the temp...




September 01, 2014

What’s Trending in the Temp Market - Q3 of 2014

At TrendLine, we’re always focused on what’s trending in anything to do with contingent worker supply and demand. This month, we’re presenting our quarterly view of critical trends in key talent sectors of the staffing industry and human resources.  RPO stands for Recruitment Process Outsourcing, which is defined in simple terms as the outsourcing of some or all recruitment functions. Experts...




August 01, 2014

Temp Employment Rising in the UK

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) recently reported that three out of every ten jobs in the United Kingdom are temporary. Fixed terms or contracts are becoming the increasingly popular in the country. According to a report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, the growth of temp engagement has increased at its fastest pace in over 15 years. The hourly rates of pay for temporary and contract...




July 01, 2014

Industry Highlight: Information Technology Index

For the past two decades, employment in Information Technology (IT) has grown rapidly, though declining during the recession and remaining relatively static since 2011. As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), between 2001 and 2012, employment in computer systems design and related services grew by 18 percent, or by 232,300 jobs. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment has grown by 2.88 percent since May 2013...




July 01, 2014

Temps No Longer Temporary

Contract workers account for over 2.3 percent of U.S. employment, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports. Research from online job site CareerBuilder.com shows that 42 percent of employers intend to hire temporary or contract workers as part of their 2014 staffing strategy. Economic data also confirms that temporary workers are becoming a significant part of the American workforce. In March 2014,...




June 01, 2014

Over One-Third of Resident Non-Immigrant Temp Workers are from India

A report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released in April 2014 revealed that in 2012 Indians accounted for more than one-third of workers with a temporary visa in the United States. Indians constituted the largest resident non-immigrants in the U.S, a category that excludes tourists, business travelers and permanent residents. The report defines the term resident non-immigrants as “foreign...




June 01, 2014

Top South Korean Companies Turning to Temp Workers

The largest companies in South Korea are increasingly turning to contract workers or temporary workers to bolster their workforces. According to business planning reports from the top 20 corporations in Korea, the largest companies had a total of 12,585 contract workers employed at the end of 2013, a 15.2 percent increase from the previous year. Meanwhile, the number of regular employees remained mostly unchanged....




April 01, 2014

India: An Emerging Temp Workforce Hot Spot

India is the second largest of the BRIC countries, not only by the size of its economy but also by population. In 2012, after the country’s economy expanded modestly by 3.2 percent, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its annual report on the state of the Indian economy estimated that India will expand by 4.6 percent in 2013, 5.4 percent in 2014, and 6.4 percent by 2015. Recently, investors have been...




April 01, 2014

How Happy are Temp Workers?

A few recent studies have been focusing on the satisfaction levels and happiness of temporary workers. Overall, it appears that temporary workers in the United States are happy! A 2014 Survey by Staffing Industry Analysts of 7,000 temp workers looked at how satisfied temporary workers are with both their staffing agencies and their placements at client companies. The reports used Net Promoter Scores as their tool to...




April 01, 2014

IT Temp Work on the Rise

After many years of slow growth, the information technology and engineering job markets are starting to expand. According to the TechServe Alliance’s IT employment index, the number of U.S. IT jobs in February 2014 rose by 0.38 percent from the previous month, to a total of approximately 4.6 million. And engineering jobs rose by .20 percent in the same period, to approximately 2.5 million jobs. According to...




April 01, 2014

What’s Trending in the Temp Market? Q2 of 2014

At TrendLine, we’re always focused on what’s trending in anything to do with contingent workers supply and demand. This month, we are introducing a new quarterly section that focuses on consolidating our research into a list of critical trends in key talent sectors of the staffing industry. Aggressive talent sourcing and cultivation is going to be the focus of the staffing industry over the coming months....




March 01, 2014

ACA: Paving the Path of Opportunity

Due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the U.S. Congressional Budget Office forecasts that 30 million non-elderly Americans will gain insurance over 2013 to 2017. Additionally, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, elderly Americans, who consume more health care, are expected to comprise 21 percent of the U.S. population by 2035. Long-term trends point to a growing shortage of nurses, regardless of recent increases in...




February 01, 2014

Spain Optimistic about Temporary Employment

Spain, the Eurozone’s fourth largest economy, is one of Europe’s hardest hit countries when it comes to employment. With approximately 6 million people out of work, the unemployment rate at 26 percent was the second highest in the European Union, second only to Greece. But the country is finally seeing some optimism; in December 2013 the number of Spanish workers registered as unemployed fell by 107,600....




January 01, 2014

Special Topic: Brazil e-commerce Market watch

Over the coming couple of years, the entire world will be focused on Brazil as it plays host to two of the largest athletic events, the World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympics. The largest country in South America easily holds the position of one of the world’s most promising emerging nations. Brazil offers immense opportunities for e-commerce companies that want to expand their reach. With a population of over...




November 01, 2013

Temp Workers: Just in Time Workforce

Over the last decade many organizations have become more proactive about their recruiting, developing candidate pipelines and shifting towards a “just-in-time” hiring model. Forecasting human capital needs and having a bench of qualified candidates available upon request offers companies the ability to be agile, fast, and lean in uncertain economy, while providing other benefits such as increased customer...




September 01, 2013

Millennials: Who are they? And Why They Make Great Temp Workers?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics defines “Millennials” as the nearly 80 million young adults born between 1977 and 1999, who are already starting to join the workforce. Analysts estimate that by 2014, 36 percent of the U.S. workforce will be made up of this generation of workers, and this number will grow to 46 percent by 2020. With this new generation poised to comprise a large portion of the...




February 01, 2013

DCR National Temp Wage Index - February 2013

Recruiters seem to feel that it might be beneficial to companies to hire batches of temporary workers to complete tasks requiring low-skill manpower, instead of employing a permanent pool of low-wage, low-skill employees.  An example of this can be seen in the design industry, where rather than static creative departments, companies are outsourcing design and copy work to skilled freelancers.  Apart from a...




October 01, 2012

As Temporary Employment Rises, so Does Staffing Stock

Temporary employment has increased by 9,300 in September, whereas the permanent workforce has declined by 536,000. The incremental change in temporary workforce is not only due to the increase in demand, but also the skepticism of businesses towards permanent hiring because of the long-term commitment involve. Supplementing this is that most executives are optimistic towards adding new permanent jobs in the future,...



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