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Temporary Help Staffing – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 7363  |  NAICS 561320

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Office Staffing & Temporary Help Agencies  (view report)
Professional Employer Organizations  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Staffing Industry Analysts
Publications available from this organization include:

Research Reports
Research reports section provides an extensive selection of reports, studies, and other publications, with topic categories including "Growth, Market Sizes, and Forecast, "Margins, Pay & Bill Rates, and Fees", "Operational Metrics & Best Practices", "Sales/Marketing & Market Opportunities", "Firm Lists & Market Share", and "Legal Compliance and Risk". Reports are only available to qualified members.

Pulse Survey
Monthly survey provides a snapshot of revenue and operating trends for temporary staffing by sector as well as for direct hire and retained search, with survey participants receiving a complete 25+ page report which provides information on revenue trends, order trends, billing rate trends, recruiting/sales difficulty, and future outlook. Selected survey highlights can only be accessed by qualified members.

Staffing Trends
Annual report takes a high-level look at key trends impacting the temporary staffing industry and how these trends are likely to impact a firm's business, and also includes a SWOT analysis that highlights strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that temporary staffing firms currently face. Current edition of the report can be downloaded free online; prior editions are only available to SIA members.

American Staffing Association
Publications available from this trade association include:

Staffing Success Magazine / playbook
Bimonthly publication provides news and information for industry professionals, with special features including the annual "Playbook" issue published in July which analyzes current conditions and trends for temporary and contract staffing employment in terms of number of jobs, penetration rates, overall sales, and sales by sector. Current and past editions of the playbook issue can be viewed free online.

Staffing Index
Weekly index survey tracks trends in temporary and contract employment on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis, with data provided to survey participants by e-mail report including performance based on firm size in four sales categories: less than $7.5 million, $7.5-$24.9 million, $25-$99.9 million, and $100 million or more. Interactive dynamic chart and monthly index reports can be viewed free online.

Staffing Employment and Sales Survey
Quarterly survey provides information on temporary and contract staffing employment, sales, payroll, and gross margin, with data reported by sector (e.g., industrial, engineering/IT/science, professional/ management, clerical/administrative, healthcare) and firm sales category (e.g., less than $7.5 million, $7.5-$24.9 million, $25-$99.9 million, and $100 million or more). Sample data is available free online.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Temporary Help Services  Search for "561320" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Temporary Help Services  Search for "561320" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Office Staffing & Temporary Help Agencies
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Financial benchmarks section provides detailed comparative income statements and balance sheets and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial benchmarks available for each of the five most recent fiscal years and on a historical average basis for three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet that includes breakdowns by total asset size can be viewed free online.

American Staffing Association
Operations Benchmarks

Operations survey provides operational and financial benchmarks for temporary, contract, direct hire search, and placement agencies, with financial benchmark data provided including gross sales, cost of labor, gross margin, payroll, office operations, and advertising/marketing expenses, net profit, and MPS/VMS (managed service provider/vendor management systems) as a percentage of gross sales.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

American Staffing Association
Compensation & Benefits Benchmarks

Comprehensive survey provides compensation and benefits data for executive, sales and recruiting, and administration and operations personnel, with data provided for each job position including base salary and additional, total, and forecasted compensation with breakouts by gender, years in position, and number of employees. Table of contents and job position descriptions can be viewed free online.

Staffing Industry Analysts
Internal Employee Compensation Estimator

Interactive tool allows users to estimate compensation for an agency's internal employees by job title based on years of industry experience, skill segment, and company size, with data provided for each agency job title including base salary, bonus/commission/incentive pay, and total cash compensation. Interactive tool can only be accessed by qualified members; contact association for more information.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for public and private company sales transactions by SIC or NAICS Code. These databases provide detailed information for sales transactions including sales price and terms, purchase price allocation, target financial data, and deal-derived valuation multiples. Sample reports can be viewed free online.

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