News Release Archives - American Staffing Association https://americanstaffing.net Fri, 22 Jun 2018 04:09:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 ASA to Host Event in July for Owners of Staffing Agencies in Texas https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/06/21/asa-to-host-owners-retreat-in-texas/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:25:04 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=73347 Owners of staffing and recruiting agencies in Texas are invited to attend the American Staffing Association Texas Owners Retreat in late July. The event will deliver content focused on emerging industry trends, challenges, and opportunities for staffing companies operating in the state.

Event: ASA Texas Owners Retreat
Date: July 24–26
Location: JW Marriot San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, 23808 Resort Pkwy, San Antonio, TX

This exclusive event offers multiple opportunities for attendees to network with other agency owners and participate in sessions led by staffing industry and business experts, including

  • Amy Bingham, Bingham Consulting owner and managing partner
  • Toby Malara, Esq., ASA government affairs counsel
  • Mark Murphy, Next Level Exchange senior consultant, training and development

The ASA Texas Owners Retreat is sponsored at the platinum level by Essential StaffCARE, Kittrell Paycard, and World Wide Specialty Programs, and at the silver level by Brown & Brown Insurance.

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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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Apprenticeships Can Kickstart Careers https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/06/21/apprenticeships-can-kickstart-careers/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:07:08 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=73305 Nine in 10 Americans who either were apprentices themselves or know someone enrolled in these “earn while learning” programs say the experiences had a positive effect on that person’s career, according to the results of the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted online by The Harris Poll.

The vast majority of U.S. adults with an opinion about apprenticeships (92%) view them favorably. Four in five Americans (84%) think that more people should consider apprenticeships, and seven in 10 (68%) wish they knew more about these vocational opportunities, according to the results of the survey.

While four in five (79%) U.S. adults are familiar with apprenticeships, misconceptions abound. One notable fallacy is they are not paid—only two in five Americans (38%) characterize apprenticeships as paying workers a wage, even though a paid-work component is a foundation of these career opportunities, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Millennials (aged 18‒34) are particularly open to apprenticeships. After being given the definition of an apprenticeship as “a program that combines a paid work component and an educational or instructional component, where a person can learn relevant knowledge and skills on the job,” a majority (54%) say they are likely to consider these learning opportunities in the next two years—significantly more than any other age group.

“Apprenticeships not only offer people the benefit of earning a wage while learning new skills or vocations, they are going to become an essential element of recruiting, retention, and employee development programs in the future,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “As most Americans view apprenticeships positively, employers have a great opportunity to develop new work-based learning programs to ensure American workers have accesses to upskilling and reskilling programs that can kickstart careers.”

To learn more about the ASA Workforce Monitor, visit americanstaffing.net/workforcemonitor. You can also follow ASA research on Twitter.

Research Method

The Harris Poll conducted the survey online within the U.S. on behalf of ASA April 5–9, 2018, among a total of 2,029 U.S. adults age 18 and older. Results were weighted on age, education, race/ethnicity, household income, and geographic region where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the U.S. population.

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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 ASA Workforce Monitor

The ASA Workforce Monitor is a periodic survey commissioned by ASA and conducted online by Harris Poll among 1,000 or more U.S. adults age 18 and older. The survey series focuses on current workforce trends and issues. For more information about the survey series, visit americanstaffing.net/workforcemonitor.

About The Harris Poll

The Harris Poll is one of the longest running surveys in the U.S. (tracking public opinion, motivations, and social sentiment since 1963) and is now part of Harris Insights & Analytics, a global consulting and market research firm.

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Nashville-Based CEO Testifies Before U.S. Congress on Skills Gap Challenge https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/06/14/nashville-based-ceo-to-testifies-before-u-s-congress/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:41:57 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=73138 Outlined Measures Company Is Undertaking to Assess, Train Its Temporary Workforce

Kelly McCreight, president and chief executive officer of Hamilton-Ryker, a staffing and recruiting agency headquartered in Nashville, TN, this morning testified on behalf of the American Staffing Association during a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access. The hearing examined the current small business workforce and provided an opportunity for small business owners to offer their companies’ innovative solutions to lessen the nation’s skills gap.

McCreight, the 2018 chairman of the ASA board of directors, briefed the subcommittee members on the measures Hamilton-Ryker is undertaking to upskill its existing workforce to offset the skills gap challenge. In particular, he outlined the company’s use of virtual reality to assess and train temporary employees. Hamilton-Ryker is one of the first staffing and recruiting agencies in the U.S. to use VR in this manner.

Hamilton-Ryker is using VR to test and train forklift drivers for a manufacturing client in Tupelo, MS. Since installing the VR forklift earlier this year, the agency is “better able to assess applicants’ skills using VR prior to sending them to our clients—resulting in a 70% pass rate for our applicants versus less than 50% for 2017,” McCreight testified. The company plans on expanding the VR training program to other markets in the near future.

Hamilton-Ryker has also “instituted ‘soft skill’ orientations [for temporary employees] that address issues like conflict resolution, workplace violence, and even basic workplace practices such as on-time arrival to work, call-in procedures, and how to deal with differing workplace cultures,” McCreight said.

In addition to McCreight, the other witnesses appearing before the subcommittee were Todd Hitt, CEO of Kiddar Capital, and Angela Dine Schmeisser, president and CEO of St. Marys Foundry Inc.

McCreight’s full written testimony is available for download on the committee website.

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

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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 Hamilton-Ryker

Founded in 1971, Hamilton-Ryker is a multi-faceted company and industry leader for the provision of industrial, administrative, and information technology staffing, as well as recruiting, management consulting, and information technology solutions. For more information about Hamilton- Ryker, visit hamilton-ryker.com.

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Staffing Employment Sets Record High for First Quarter https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/06/14/staffing-employment-sets-record-high-for-first-quarter/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:26:19 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=73135 New Data From Quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey

U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.10 million temporary and contract workers per week in the first quarter of 2018, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association—the greatest number for any first quarter since reporting for the ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey began in 1992.

Staffing employment increased 1.2% in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017, marking the largest year-to-year growth for any quarter since 2015.

“Staffing employment continues to grow as the demand for qualified talent increases, creating employment opportunities across most sectors,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Job seekers are turning to staffing agencies in this robust hiring market to pinpoint short-term and long-term employment opportunities that best match their skills sets and career goals.”

Temporary and contract staffing sales totaled $32.86 billion in the first quarter of 2018, 2.5% higher than in the same quarter of 2017.

On a quarter-to-quarter basis, staffing employment and sales typically peak in the fourth quarter, decline in the first quarter, and grow in subsequent quarters. That seasonal pattern held, with staffing employment contracting by 7.0% from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2018, and staffing sales declining by 5.9%.

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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ASA Wins 2018 Bronze Telly Award for ‘Faces of Staffing’ Video https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/06/13/asa-wins-2018-bronze-telly-award/ Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:40:51 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=73090 The American Staffing Association, the voice of the U.S. staffing and recruiting industry, is pleased to announce that it was honored with a bronze award in the 2018 Telly Awards. The award was conferred in the nonbroadcast, general‒corporate category, for the association’s 2017 “Faces of Staffing” video, which featured 2017 National Staffing Employee of the Year Wendy Hobbie.

Since 1979, the Telly Awards have recognized excellence in video achievement across several mediums, including television commercials, web series, nonbroadcast video, and more.

“ASA is delighted to be recognized among some of the most well-known and respected organizations in the world as a Telly Award honoree,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “The ‘Faces of Staffing’ video series shares powerful, real-life stories of temporary and contract employee success, and Wendy Hobbie’s is particularly special as it shows how staffing is helping this remarkable young woman achieve her dreams of Broadway stardom.”

The Telly Awards are judged by more than 200 prior winners with experience in several different fields. This year, more than 12,000 companies in five continents applied for awards.

To watch this award-winning video and others in the “Faces of Staffing” series, visit americanstaffing.net/faces.

For a full list of winners, visit tellyawards.com/winners/2018.

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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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Nashville-Based CEO to Testify Before U.S. Congress on Skills Gap Challenge https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/06/11/nashville-based-ceo-to-testify-before-u-s-congress/ Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:31:01 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=73004 Kelly McCreight, president and chief executive officer of Hamilton-Ryker, a staffing and recruiting agency headquartered in Nashville, TN, will testify on behalf of the American Staffing Association later this week during a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access. The hearing will examine the current small business workforce and provide an opportunity for small business owners to offer their companies’ innovative solutions to lessen the skills gap challenge.

McCreight is the 2018 chairman of the American Staffing Association board of directors.

Event: House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access Hearing, “Shrinking the Skills Gap: Solutions to the Small Business Workforce Shortage”

Date: June 14, 2018, 10 a.m. Eastern time

Location: Room 2360, Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20515

Witnesses:

  • Todd Hitt, CEO, Kiddar Capital, Falls Church, VA
  • Kelly McCreight, president and CEO, Hamilton-Ryker, Nashville, TN
  • Angela Dine Schmeisser, president and CEO, St. Marys Foundry Inc., St. Marys, OH

This hearing is open to members of the news media. The committee also will simulcast the hearing online on its website.

McCreight’s written testimony will be available for download after the hearing on the committee website. A high-resolution professional photo of McCreight testifying before the subcommittee also will be available after the hearing.

Download a high-resolution headshot of McCreight.

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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 Hamilton-Ryker

Founded in 1971, Hamilton-Ryker is a multi-faceted company and industry leader for the provision of industrial, administrative, and information technology staffing, as well as recruiting, management consulting, and information technology solutions. For more information about Hamilton- Ryker, visit hamilton-ryker.com.

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Go Figure: Now BLS Says Temporary Help Has Hardly Changed Since 2005 https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/06/07/bls-says-temporary-help-has-hardly-changed-since-2005/ Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:05:52 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=72877 In a highly anticipated measure of the “gig economy,” the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today issued a news release on its May 2017 survey of Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangements, which was last conducted in February 2005. Its conclusion? Contingent work declined over that 12-year span. Moreover, contingent work has declined since the 1995 inception of the BLS study.

BLS defines contingent work as jobs that workers do not expect to last. In May 2017, BLS says, 3.8% of workers—5.9 million persons—held contingent jobs. In February 2005 it was 4.1%. In February 1995 it was 4.9%.

The alternative employment arrangements studied by BLS included independent contractors (6.9% of workers), on-call workers (1.7%), temporary help agency workers (0.9%), and workers provided by contract firms (0.6%). Given BLS methods, the American Staffing Association has historically combined the last two categories as temporary and contract employees, which would be approximately 1.5% of the workers in BLS’s study. The percentages for these two categories were unchanged from 2005 to 2007, according to BLS.

Separately, BLS measures temporary help agency workers in its monthly establishment survey, which shows 2.9 million employees in the staffing industry in May 2017, or 2.0% of the nonfarm workforce—up from 1.7 million (1.5%) in February 1995. The association’s own quarterly establishment survey, which was initiated in 1992 when BLS ceased measuring temporary help services in the 1990s, indicates that staffing employment has increased from 2.2 million in the first quarter of 1995 to 3.1 million in the second quarter of 2017.

“Rather than bringing clarity in sizing the gig economy, the BLS study raises questions because it’s inconsistent with ASA industry data that show significant growth in flexible work arrangements,” said Steve Berchem, ASA chief operating officer. “Puzzlingly, this study shows no change for over a decade.”

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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 to Host June Event for Tennessee Staffing Industry Professionals https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/06/05/asa-to-host-june-event-for-tennessee-staffing-industry-professionals/ Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:47:22 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=72728 Staffing and recruiting professionals and industry suppliers doing business in Tennessee are invited to attend the American Staffing Association Tennessee Staffing Symposium. The event will deliver content focused on emerging industry trends, challenges, and opportunities for staffing companies operating in the state.

Event: ASA Tennessee Staffing Symposium
Date: June 12, 8 a.m.–5:15 p.m. Central time
Location: Hotel Indigo, 301 Union Street, Nashville, TN 37201

The ASA Tennessee Staffing Symposium will feature presentations by these staffing industry experts:

  • Amy Bingham, owner and managing partner, Bingham Consulting
  • Jason Leverant, TSC, CSP, CSC, CHP, president and chief operating officer, @Work Group
  • Kelly McCreight, CSP, chief executive officer, Hamilton-Ryker and chairman, ASA board of directors
  • Mark Murphy, senior consultant, training and development, Next Level Exchange
  • Jeff Weintraub, managing partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP
  • Jenny Keller Yesilevskiy, digital marketing manager, Haley Marketing Group

In addition to educational sessions, this event offers opportunities for attendees to network with their peers and connect with industry suppliers.

The ASA Tennessee Staffing Symposium is sponsored at the platinum level by Essential StaffCARE and World Wide Specialty Programs, at the gold level by Avionté Staffing Software and Maximus, and at the silver level by All Risks, CareerBuilder, and ConnectHR.

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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 to Host Symposium in June for Indiana Staffing Industry Professionals https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/06/01/asa-to-host-symposium-for-indiana-staffing-professionals/ Fri, 01 Jun 2018 19:17:18 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=72672 Staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions professionals and industry suppliers doing business in Indiana are invited to attend the American Staffing Association Indiana Staffing Symposium in late June. The event will deliver content focused on emerging industry trends, challenges, and opportunities for staffing companies operating in the state.

Event: ASA Indiana Staffing Symposium
Date: June 21, 2018, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Eastern time
Location: JW Marriott Indianapolis, 10 S. West Street, Indianapolis, IN

This exclusive staffing event offers multiple opportunities for attendees to network with their peers, connect with industry suppliers, and take part in presentations from government officials and staffing industry experts including

  • Blair Milo, secretary for career connections and talent, Indiana state
  • Amy Bingham, owner and managing partner, Bingham Consulting
  • Mark Murphy, senior consultant, training and development, Next Level Exchange
  • Brittany Sakata, Esq., associate general counsel, American Staffing Association

The ASA Indiana Staffing Symposium is sponsored at the platinum level by World Wide Specialty Programs, at the gold level by Kronos, at the silver level by Avionté Staffing Software, and at the bronze level by Essential StaffCARE.

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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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BLS: Staffing Employment Steady in May https://americanstaffing.net/posts/2018/06/01/bls-staffing-employment-steady-in-may/ Fri, 01 Jun 2018 14:57:58 +0000 https://americanstaffing.net/?p=72618 Up 3.0% From a Year Ago

Temporary help employment changed little (-0.3%) from April to May, but was 3.0% higher than in May 2017, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 3.6% per month in the first five months of 2018, significantly higher than the average of 2.2% for all of 2017.

BLS’s initial estimates on seasonally adjusted temporary help services employment data tend to be downwardly revised, according to an American Staffing Association analysis of BLS data.

Nonseasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 1.7% from April to May. Year to year, unadjusted, there were 3.0% more staffing employees in May than in the same month last year.

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment increased by 223,00 jobs in May (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for March and April, job gains averaged 179,000 per month over the past three months, lower than the average of 191,000 for the prior 12 months.

After reaching an 18-year low of 3.9% in April, the unemployment rate edged down even further to 3.8% in May.

“With the continued tightening of the labor market, finding qualified workers has become a top priority for businesses of all sizes and across most sectors,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Closing the growing skills gap through the training, retraining, and upskilling of the American workforce is the new business imperative.”

BLS also released preliminary April employment data for search and placement services, which, seasonally adjusted, grew 0.9% from March. Search and placement jobs totaled 311,600 in April, 4.7% higher than in the same month last year.

For more information, visit americanstaffing.net/bls-data. 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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