Staffing Industry Frequently Asked Questions

  • Staffing can be a bridge to permanent employment, and the potential for securing a permanent position is a major reason people seek temporary work. According to a 2014 American Staffing Association survey of staffing employees, half (49%) of those surveyed chose temporary or contract work as a way to obtain a permanent job. One third (35%) were offered a permanent job by a client where they worked on an assignment, and two-thirds (66%) accepted the offers of permanent employment. (Source: American Staffing Association, 2014 Staffing Employee Survey)

  • Temporary and contract positions offer a proven bridge to permanent employment, and this is true across all industry sectors. Individuals can “audition” prospective employers for job satisfaction, workplace environment, culture and ethics, and showcase their skills. Employers likewise can see what the potential permanent employee has to offer.

  • Staffing employees can choose when, where, and how they want to work—all contributing to valuable work-life balance. In fact, 85% of staffing employees surveyed by ASA in 2014 said work flexibility was highly important and a top reason for pursuing temporary or contract work. (Source: American Staffing Association, 2014 Staffing Employee Survey)

  • No. A staffing firm’s income comes from the companies that use its services.

  • While specific jobs may last from a few hours to several years, the best estimate for the average tenure of temporary and contract employees is just over three months. (Source: American Staffing Association, Staffing Employment and Sales Survey)

  • Jobs range from skilled trades to degreed professionals and are available in virtually all occupations.

  • To attract the most qualified employees, staffing firms offer highly competitive wages and benefits. The average temporary or contract employee earns around $17 per hour. Some earn more than their permanent counterparts. Many staffing companies offer health insurance as well as vacation and holiday pay, and some offer retirement plans. Virtually any temporary or contract employee who wants benefits can find a staffing firm that offers them. (Source: American Staffing Association, 2014 Staffing Employee Survey)

  • Staffing companies offer a wide range of employment-related services, including temporary and contract staffing, recruiting and permanent placement, outsourcing and outplacement, and human resource consulting.