New Data From the ASA Quarterly Employment and Sales Survey
U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.78 million temporary and contract workers per day during the first three months of 2012, according to recent data released by the American Staffing Association, based on its quarterly Employment and Sales Survey.
“In the face of a painfully slow jobs recovery, staffing firms continue to play an important role in helping job seekers get back on the employment track,” says Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of ASA.
From January through March of this year, U.S. temporary and contract employment, while experiencing a usual seasonal dip from the fourth quarter of 2011 (-4.4%), was 6% higher year-to-year. This is the ninth consecutive quarter of year-to-year staffing industry job growth since the recession ended in 2009.
“Employers remain hesitant to add permanent employees due to uncertainty about the current strength of the economy and future economic conditions, including impending tax increases and spending cuts expected to take effect in January 2013. In times like these, businesses are being much more strategic in sourcing additional talent and maintaining work force flexibility,” Wahlquist says.
Temporary and contract sales totaled $25.0 billion in the first quarter of 2012—9.8% higher than in the same quarter last year.
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About the ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey
The ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey has been conducted on a quarterly basis since 1992. The survey covers approximately 10,000 establishments (about a third of the industry) and the employment results parallel the establishment surveys of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. ASA provides the only survey-based quarterly estimate of U.S. temporary and contract staffing sales.
About the American Staffing Association
The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing industry. ASA and its affiliated chapters advance the interests of staffing and recruiting firms of all sizes and across all sectors through legal and legislative advocacy, public relations, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. ASA members provide the full range of employment and work force services and solutions, including temporary and contract staffing, recruiting and permanent placement, outplacement and outsourcing, training, and human resource consulting.