News Release Archives - American Staffing Association https://americanstaffing.net Thu, 25 Apr 2019 04:48:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 Staffing Jobs Steady in April https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/04/23/staffing-jobs-steady-in-april/ Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:06:08 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=128450 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, April 2019

Staffing jobs for the week of April 8–14 grew 0.4% to a rounded value of 94—the strongest reading since late January—according to the ASA Staffing Index. Staffing employment was 2.4% lower than the same week in 2018, at which time the index was at 96—a record high for the 15th week of the year. Although down from 2018, the index remains just above the average value seen for this week throughout the five preceding years (2013–17).

ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average held at 93. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 1.8% lower than the same four-week period of 2018—a year-to-year slowdown that coincides with the decelerating economy.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the April monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on May 3.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a near real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA research shows that staffing employment is a coincident economic indicator.

Reporting of the ASA Staffing Index has been enhanced. For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/index. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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ASA Staffing Connect: Regional Learning, Networking Event Series for Staffing Professionals Debuts in May https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/04/02/asa-staffing-connect/ Tue, 02 Apr 2019 19:03:21 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=111155 Alabama Staffing Association The American Staffing Association is launching a series of regional networking and educational opportunities for staffing and recruiting agency executives and professionals—ASA Staffing Connect—in May. Two events will be hosted in 2019: ASA Staffing Connect: South, May 1‒3 in Dallas, and ASA Staffing Connect: East, May 15‒17 in Charlotte, NC.

ASA Staffing Connect delivers targeted content in two tracks: one designed specifically for owners and c-suite executives and the other for sales, recruiting, and marketing professionals. The events will offer multiple opportunities for attendees to network with their peers and participate in sessions led by staffing industry, business, and legal experts on hot-button topics, such as effectively recruiting members of the millennial generation, strategies to aid in staffing technology evaluation and adoption, trending issues in employment law, marketing strategies to maximize recruiting and sales results, and more.

Participation in Staffing Connect: East qualifies for 8.25 continuing education (1.25 legal) hours toward maintaining ASA professional certifications (CSP®, TSC®, CSC®, and CHP®) and others from the Society for Human Resource Management and the HR Certification Institute. Participation in Staffing Connect: South qualifies for 9.5 CE (2.25 legal) hours towards maintaining ASA, SHRM, and HRCI certifications.

To learn more about ASA Staffing Connect and other upcoming events, visit americanstaffing.net/asa-events.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Staffing Employment Remains Solid https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/03/26/staffing-employment-remains-solid/ Tue, 26 Mar 2019 13:50:28 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=110952 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, March 2019

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average for Feb. 18–March 17 held at 93, and was 1.5% lower than the same span of weeks in 2018. Staffing employment, similar to overall economy as measured by GDP, trails last year’s pace of growth but remains solid compared with other years. Staffing employment for the four weeks ending March 17 is well above the historical average of 88 for the same period since the inception of the index in 2006.

Staffing jobs for the week of March 11–17 edged up 0.2% for the second consecutive week but remained at a rounded value of 93, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 1.9% lower than the same week last year.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the March monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on April 5.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a near real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA research shows that staffing employment is a coincident economic indicator.

Reporting of the ASA Staffing Index has been enhanced. For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/index. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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President of the Adecco Group US Foundation Named to ASA Board of Directors https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/03/18/president-of-the-adecco-group-named-asa-board-of-directors/ Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:00:29 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=110793 Joyce Russell, president of the Adecco Group US Foundation, was named to the American Staffing Association board of directors at its recent meeting.

Russell replaces Greg Holland, Adecco Group North America senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary, as the company’s representative to the ASA board. Holland joined the ASA board in 2014 and will continue to be actively involved in the association’s leadership. For example, he will serve as a panelist at the 2019 ASA Staffing Law Conference, April 4‒5 in Washington, DC, sharing his insights during the session “Legal Heavy Hitters—In-House Attorneys From the Nation’s Largest Staffing Companies Address Key Issues.”

The Adecco Group US Foundation, launched in January of this year, focuses on upskilling and reskilling American workers, as well as improving work equality for all. Russell most recently was president of Adecco Staffing US from 2004 to 2018, leading the largest business unit of Adecco Group North America. She has been a panelist and participant at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summits. Russell is a member of the Committee of 200, a founding member of Paradigm for Parity, and a member of Women Corporate Directors.

View a short bio and download a high-resolution headshot of Russell.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Staffing Employment Sets Record High in 2018 https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/03/14/staffing-employment-sets-record-high-in-2018/ Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:49:39 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=101299 New Data From Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.23 million temporary and contract workers per week in 2018, up 1.4% from 2017, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association. This is a record high average weekly number of staffing employees for any year since the inception of the ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey in 1990.

During all of 2018, staffing companies hired a total of 16.8 million temporary and contract employees. The average length of employment with a staffing company was 10.0 weeks in 2018, slightly shorter than the tenure of 10.7 weeks in 2017.

“Throughout the past year, the staffing industry helped millions of Americans find temporary, long-term contract, and permanent employment,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Job seekers in record numbers are turning to staffing agencies to help them find work that will advance their careers and best match their skills with current market needs.”

In the fourth quarter of 2018, average weekly staffing employment totaled 3.40 million, 2.0% higher than in the fourth quarter of 2017, and the most for any quarter since 2005. On a quarter-to-quarter basis, the average weekly number of temporary and contract staffing jobs increased 5.6% from the third quarter of 2018 to the fourth quarter.

Annual temporary and contract staffing sales in 2018 totaled $138.5 billion, up 3.4% from 2017. Fourth quarter sales grew to $35.9 billion, 2.7% more than in the fourth quarter of 2017, and 2.2% more than in the third quarter of 2018.

To learn more about the quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey, visit americanstaffing.net/quarterly-survey. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

Interviews with ASA executives are available.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Staffing Employment Remains Strong https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/02/26/staffing-employment-remains-strong/ Tue, 26 Feb 2019 14:40:49 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=100691 ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, February 2019

Staffing employment for the week of Feb. 11–17 was essentially unchanged (+0.02%) for the second consecutive week, remaining at a value of 93, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Some survey respondents cited winter storms as factors that hindered growth of staffing jobs. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 0.8% lower than the same week in 2018, which had been a record high for the seventh week of the year.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average decreased from 94 to 93. While staffing employment for the four weeks ending Feb. 17 contracted 0.9% year-to-year, the value of 93 remains well above the historical average (87) for the comparable period, indicating a healthy staffing labor market.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the February monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on March 8.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a near real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA research shows that staffing employment is a coincident economic indicator.

Reporting of the ASA Staffing Index has been enhanced. For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/index. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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ASA Opens Its Professional Awards Season https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/02/21/asa-opens-its-professional-awards-season/ Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:52:51 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=100587 Online Submissions Now Being Accepted Through May 1

The American Staffing Association is now accepting submissions for its prestigious professional recognition programs—the ASA Care Awards, the ASA Elevate Awards, and the National Staffing Employee of the Year.

The deadline for all ASA award program submissions has been moved to earlier in the year: May 1.

  • ASA Care Awards: Recognize ASA members-both staffing agencies and industry suppliers-that have made outstanding efforts in the area of social responsibility. Any initiative active at the time of submission is eligible, and there is no fee to enter. An online application and supporting materials that visually tell the story of the program’s success (e.g., videos, photos, infographics, websites, and media coverage) are required. The ASA Care Awards are now being held on a biennial basis.
  • ASA Elevate Awards: Honor outstanding, innovative, and effective work-based learning programs that train, reskill, and upskill temporary and contract employees. An online application and supporting materials that visually highlight the program or initiative (e.g., videos, photos, infographics, websites, and media coverage) are required. An online application is required and there is no fee to enter.
  • National Staffing Employee of the Year: Honors an individual who is an outstanding performer and exemplifies the promise of staffing employment. Finalists, called “All-Stars,” are also recognized-if merited-in five industry sectors: engineering, information technology, and scientific; health care; industrial; office?clerical and administrative; and professional?managerial. To qualify for nomination, the temporary or contract employee must have worked through an ASA member staffing agency sometime since May 1, 2018. An online application is required and there is no fee to enter.

The ASA Genius Awards, recognizing the best and most innovative communications and marketing campaigns among ASA member staffing agencies, are now held on a biennial basis. ASA will host the next competition in 2020.

ASA award honorees receive myriad marketing benefits to help differentiate themselves from the competition. Winners will be celebrated during Staffing World® 2019, Oct. 15–17 in Las Vegas, and featured in ASA publications, on the ASA website, and via national news media outreach and social media campaigns. Recipients can promote their accomplishments by using special award logos, template news releases, and more.

To learn more about and apply for ASA award programs, visit americanstaffing.net/awards.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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ASA Opens Call for Staffing World® 2019 Workshop, Tech Park Proposals https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/02/20/sw19-workshop-tech-park-proposals/ Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:33:32 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=100568 Submission Deadline Is March 19.

The American Staffing Association officially launched the call for presenters for Staffing World® 2019, the ASA annual convention and expo, Oct. 15–17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Experts in the staffing industry—including staffing technology specialists—and other applicable business specialties are encouraged to submit proposals to speak at convention educational sessions and in the Staffing World Tech Park for fast-paced, 10-minute presentations on technology topics important to the industry.

The deadline for all Staffing World presentation proposals is March 19.

In addition, ASA is accepting presentation proposals for 2019 webinars. Proposals are accepted throughout the year; however, a higher priority is given to those submitted earlier in the year.

To submit a Staffing World workshop presentation or ASA webinar proposal, visit americanstaffing.net/presenters and complete a short online form. Individuals can enter up to three Staffing World workshop and webinar proposals for consideration. The form requires contact information, a professional biography, and information about the proposed convention session or webinar. Staffing World Tech Park online submissions must also include a short video in which the presenter “auditions” and introduces his or her topic. Only one video may be attached to each online form. Therefore, individuals interested in offering more than one Tech Park proposal must submit each in a separate form.

To learn more about ASA speaking opportunities and to review the full submission guidelines, including those for the Tech Park audition videos, visit americanstaffing.net/presenters.

To learn more about Staffing World 2019, the largest and most comprehensive convention and expo in the staffing and recruiting industry, visit staffingworld.net.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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ASA Is Among First to Sign “Getting Talent Back to Work” Pledge https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/01/28/getting-talent-back-to-work/ Mon, 28 Jan 2019 14:51:13 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=98187 Pledges to Urge Its Members to Consider the Formerly Incarcerated When Hiring

The American Staffing Association is proud to announce it is an inaugural signatory of the “Getting Talent Back to Work” pledge—part of an effort led by the Society for Human Resource Management to help provide employment opportunities to qualified people with criminal backgrounds. The pledge follows congressional passage of bipartisan criminal justice reform, the “First Step Act,” in December 2018.

SHRM handpicked the group of initial trade association signatories—ASA, the National Restaurant Association, the National Retail Federation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—because of the sheer number of people each association’s members employ.

Each year in the U.S., more than 650,000 people re-enter society from prison. Too many are deprived of employment opportunities and, in turn, businesses are deprived of qualified workers.

“Now is the time to quash the stigma of incarceration,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Employers need to embrace greater inclusivity when recruiting and hiring and give qualified individuals a second chance at success in life—particularly when the U.S. labor market is the tightest in history.”

Research conducted by SHRM found that a majority of hiring managers believe workers with a criminal history are high-quality employees equal to or even more effective than those without a criminal history.

“This is a group we, as business leaders, cannot afford to overlook, as one in three adults in the U.S. currently has a criminal background,” said Johnny C. Taylor Jr., SHRM-SCP, SHRM president and chief executive officer. “Not only it is the right thing to do—to give a deserving person a second chance—but it is becoming imperative as businesses continue to experience recruiting difficulty at an alarming rate.”

To assist companies making the pledge, SHRM developed the Getting Talent Back to Work Tool Kit, designed to help businesses apply evidence-based best practices for hiring applicants with a criminal background, understand the legal factors involved, and get practical guidance from industry leaders on recruiting this diverse group of people.

Learn more at gettingtalentbacktowork.org.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

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Automation Personnel Services Earns Safety Standard of Excellence® Mark https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2019/01/24/automation-personnel-services-earns-sse-mark/ Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:00:16 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=97135 Standard of ExcellenceAutomation Personnel Services Inc., a staffing agency headquartered in Birmingham, AL, has earned the Safety Standard of Excellence® mark from the American Staffing Association. The program, developed by ASA and the National Safety Council, promotes industry-wide safety best practices.

By participating in the Safety Standard of Excellence program, staffing companies, their temporary workers, and host employers can build a mutually beneficial relationship to help identify and mitigate workplace hazards and exposures, ensure clear communication between the staffing firm and host employer, and clearly delineate the safety responsibilities of each party.

“ASA congratulates Automation Personnel Services for its commitment to protecting and enhancing temporary worker safety, and for being among the first to earn the Safety Standard of Excellence mark,” said Stephen C. Dwyer, Esq., ASA general counsel. “Automation Personnel Services has tangibly demonstrated to clients, candidates, and employees its commitment to safety best practices.”

“Companies participating in the Safety Standard of Excellence program are to be commended for taking steps to put their companies’ practices under the microscope and seeking to be the best they can be for their temporary workers,” said Amy Harper, Ph.D., NSC director of workplace strategy and consulting operations. “The commitment to safety demonstrated through Safety Standard of Excellence program participation should speak volumes to the clients with whom these staffing firms do business.”

“The safety of our employees has always been a priority,” said Stephen Nordness, Automation Personnel Services president and chief executive officer. “This designation validates our efforts to provide a safe work environment for all employees.”

For more information about the Safety Standard of Excellence program, visit americanstaffing.net/safety.

For more information about Automation Personnel Services, visit apstemps.com.

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About the American Staffing Association

The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. For more information about ASA, visit americanstaffing.net.

About The National Safety Council

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials, and the public in areas where it can make the most impact—distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses, and safe communities. Safety+Health magazine, the council’s flagship publication, is a leading source of occupational safety and health information.

About Automation Personnel Services

Automation Personnel Services Inc. was founded in 1990 in Birmingham, AL. It has grown to be the largest independently owned staffing company in the state with offices throughout much of the U.S. The company has specialized in providing light industrial employees to a variety of customers for almost three decades. Automation Personnel Services is your “one stop shop” for temporary employees, temp-to-hire associates, executive recruiting, outsourcing, and payroll services Additional information on Automation Personnel Services can be found by visiting apstemps.com.

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