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SIC 7363 | NAICS 561330

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

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Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Staffing Industry Analysts
Research Reports  Search for "PEO" and select content type "Research"

Research reports available from this organization include the "Largest PEO Firms in the United States" report, which ranks the top companies by annual revenue, and the "U.S. PEO Growth Update" report which analyzes the latest trends in the PEO staffing market and provides revenue growth statistics for selected publicly-traded firms as well as a revenue growth forecast for the market sector as a whole.

First Research

Professional Employer Organizations
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:
  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Information resources available from this trade association include:

PEO Insider
Monthly trade publication features news and information for PEO industry professionals, with topics covered in each issue including business operations, sales and marketing,  finance and accounting, human resources, benefits administration, risk management, technology, and legal developments. Selected feature articles from current and archived issues of the magazine are available free online.

What Is A PEO?
Introductory section provides an overview of the industry, with content subsection categories including a description of co-employment arrangements, industry statistics and related information, and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions such as what is a PEO, who uses them and why, and what is the difference between a PEO and an employee leasing or temporary staffing services firm.

40-Step Start-Up Checklist
Start-up checklist addresses topics such identifying and analyzing service offerings, preparing client service agreements, building a staff, and managing internal operations, and includes links to industry resources and over 200 feature articles from the "PEO Insider" magazine archives that provide expert insights and perspective on operations, human resources, risk management, legal issues, and more.

Financial Ratio & Operating Statistics Survey Report
Annual operating statistics survey provides comparative benchmarking data for PEO operations based on responses to over 60 multiple choice questions, with topics covered in the report including company size, sales, client service, human resources, payroll and benefits, and technology. Survey results are broken out by number of worksite employees, with five years of data provided for trending purposes.

NAPEO White Papers - An Economic Analysis: The PEO Industry Footprint
Economic analysis report provides a statistical overview of the PEO industry, with data provided from a variety of sources including total size in gross revenues, total number of worksite employees, number
of client businesses and organizations, total number of internal employees, number of PEOs and total worksite wages by state, and estimated percentage of PEO firms that are female or minority owned.

Freedonia Group
Employment Services: United States

Freedonia Focus market research report analyzes the employment services sector, with information provided in the report including historical trends and forecasts for employment service revenues and number of employment services workers by type of provider (temporary help service, professional employer organization, and employment placement agency) and occupational employment sector.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Professional Employer Organizations  Search for "561330"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Financial Ratio & Operating Statistics Survey Report

Annual financial ratio survey provides financial and operating performance benchmarks for PEOs, with measures covered in the survey including gross margin, operating expenses, net profitability, liquidity, and debt coverage. Survey results are broken out in multiple company size categories based on the number of worksite employees, with ten years of historical data provided for trend analysis purposes.

Compensation Surveys

Financial Ratio & Operating Statistics Survey Report

Annual operating statistics survey provides comparative benchmarking data for PEO operations, with personnel-related data including payroll, health care benefits, workers' compensation, pension plans, and Sec. 125 plans. Survey results are broken out in multiple company size categories  based on the number of worksite employees, with five years of historical data provided for trend analysis purposes.

Professional Employer Organization

Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage rate data for selected job positions in this employment service sector such as HR manager, HR generalist, payroll coordinator, payroll specialist, benefits manager, and benefits specialist, with employers for which salary or hourly wage rate data is provided including ADP TotalSource, CoAdvantage, Insperity, Inc., Nextep, Inc., and TriNet Group, Inc.

Business Valuation Resources