The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and
statistics, market research and analysis, financial ratios and salary surveys, and more.
Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts
Comprehensive market 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.
Report contents include:
- Market size and characteristics
- Key statistics and trends
- Current performance
- Competitive landscape
- Major firms and market share
- Key risk and success factors
- Five-year growth forecast
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".
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a
five-year growth forecast. Profile contents 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 organization include:
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.
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
U.S. Recruitment Sector - Demand for Temporary Staffing
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.
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.
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 sheet detail in dollars and percentages
- Sources and uses of funds cash flow analysis
- Profitability and return on investment ratios
- Liquidity and working capital 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.
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.