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Temporary Help Staffing Services

SIC 7363  |  NAICS 561320

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

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

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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 reports and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free 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".

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.

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.

Market Analysis

Market analysis report provides 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.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
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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 including:
Sample customizable reports that allow users to compare their company to industry financial ratios on a national and metro area basis are available free online.

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 and Salary 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.

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