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Temporary Help Staffing Services

SIC 7363 | NAICS 561320

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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

Information resources available from this organization include:

Fact Sheets
Introductory section provides an overview of the temporary and contract staffing business, with topics covered including industry size, number of companies, types of assignments, average pay and tenure for temporary and contract employees, employment by business sector, and more. All information is available free online.

Staffing Index
Weekly index survey tracks changes in temporary and contract employment, with reporting formats available online including 13-week graph, historical data with week-to-week and year-to-year change by week for the last ten years, and 52-week graph by year for the last ten years. All information is available free online.

Staffing Employment and Sales Survey
Quarterly report provides temporary and contract staffing sales, payroll, gross margin, and employment statistics in aggregate for all firms and by sector for firms reporting this data, with summary quarterly data from 1990 forward available free online. Sample survey input forms can be downloaded and viewed online.

Staffing Industry Economic Analysis
Annual economic report provides a comprehensive analysis of the trends and outlook for the industry, with topics covered including temporary and contract jobs, job turnover and tenure, search and placement jobs, and staffing and recruiting sales. Full report and individual tables can be downloaded and viewed online.

Research & Publications
Research section provides an extensive selection of reports, studies, and other publications for the staffing services sector categorized by topic, with topic categories including "Growth, Market Sizes, and Forecast", "Margins, Pay & Bill Rates, and Fees", "Legal, Legislative, and Regulatory", and "Mergers & Acquisitions".

Ken Research
U.S. Recruitment Sector - Demand for Temporary Staffing
Market research study provides a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. recruitment sector, with topics covered including market size and performance, service segments, trends and developments, growth drivers, future outlook and projections, and company profiles. Executive summary and table of contents are available online.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Temporary Help Staffing Services  Search for "561320"
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

Sector Benchmarking Survey
Annual benchmarking survey provides financial and operating performance measures by business size and staffing sector (e.g., healthcare; industrial; office-clerical; professional; technical, IT, and scientific; and other), with measures covered including annual revenue, gross margin, net profit percentage, total orders filled, total hours billed, and average order fill rate. Sample survey input form can be downloaded and viewed online.

SIBC Benchmarking Consortium
The income statement section of this semi-annual financial and operations benchmarking survey includes benchmarks for revenue, gross margin, operating expenses (personnel, facilities, marketing, and technology), and EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization), with non-revenue benchmarks provided both in dollars and as a percentage of revenues. Full report is available to participants only.

Compensation Surveys

WageWatch, Inc.
ASA Staffing Industry Compensation Survey
Online subscription service provides base pay and incentive data for administrative, operations, customer service, sales and marketing, and human resources personnel, with data filterable by revenues, headcount, sector, and location and statistical measures for wages including mean, median, and upper/lower quartiles. A complete list of positions included in the survey is available online, with survey demo available upon request.

Research & Publications
Compensation resources contained in this section include the annual "Staffing Industry Sales & Service Compensation Survey", which provides detailed statistics on roles, pay levels, and performance levels by job type, and the "Internal Employee Compensation Estimator" tool, which allows users to estimate pay for an agency's internal employees taking into account experience, cost-of-living adjustments, and company size.

Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Employment and Temporary Staffing Agencies

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for small businesses in more than 200 industries. Valuation multiples are derived from actual business sales transactions as reported by BIZCOMPSĀ®, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.