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2014 ASA Staffing Employee Survey: Among Those Who Say Permanent Jobs Were Top Priority, 99% Achieved Objective

Finding Permanent Employment Is Primary Reason for Working in the Staffing Industry

The American Staffing Association today unveiled the results of the 2014 ASA Staffing Employee Survey, which revealed that of the temporary and contract employees who say permanent positions are a top priority, 99% achieve this career objective. Virtually all survey respondents indicated that securing a permanent job was important to them, and half (49%) stated that finding permanent employment was the primary reason for choosing to work in the staffing industry.

The top reasons individuals choose temporary or contract work are related to future employment ambitions, according to the 2014 ASA Staffing Employee Survey results. In addition to being a means to permanent employment, respondents specified three other prime factors in seeking work in the staffing industry: the inability to find a permanent job via other sources (40%), the ability to obtain work experience (28%), and the improvement of professional skills (24%).

The vast majority of staffing employees rate their employment experiences positively. Nine out of 10 temporary and contract workers (92%) are satisfied with their staffing companies; 74% are very or extremely satisfied, the survey found.

“The results of the landmark 2014 ASA Staffing Employee Survey verify that temporary and contract work is an effective bridge to permanent employment,” says Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “ASA member companies are proud to make a real difference in the lives of so many individuals in the U.S. workforce. The results of the staffing employee survey affirm the great value that staffing employees receive from their assignments.”

Other key findings of the 2014 ASA Staffing Employee Survey:

  • Nearly 90% of staffing employees say that temporary or contract work makes them more employable.
  • Work schedule flexibility is also important to staffing employees, with one in five respondents (22%) stating this as a reason for choosing temporary or contract employment.
  • Temporary and contract employees are about as likely to work full time as all adults in the U.S. labor force (76% versus 82%, respectively)—and among those staffing employees who bridged to permanent jobs, 94% work full time.

View more results from the 2014 ASA Staffing Employee Survey at

Download tables and graphs from the survey on the Data & Research page.

Interviews with ASA executives on the survey results are available to members of the news media.

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About the 2014 ASA Staffing Employee Survey

The 2014 ASA Staffing Employee Survey was conducted on behalf of the American Staffing Association by the polling firm Penn Shoen Berland. Nearly 12,000 current and former temporary or contract employees from 275 staffing companies participated. The last ASA Staffing Employee Survey was conducted in 2006. Overall, the results of the 2014 survey are almost identical to the 2006 survey. Participant levels for the 2014 survey also were very similar to the 2006 survey.

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 affiliated chapters 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


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