Professional–Managerial Frequently Asked Questions for Staffing Clients

  • Organizations seek the services of professional-managerial staffing firms for workforce flexibility to keep fully staffed during busy times. Temporary and contract employees can effectively address seasonal labor fluctuations and staff vacancies, assist with project-based work, and more. Staffing firms can even assemble entire teams of professionals to serve as temporary departments, if and when needed.

    Whether it is a temporary job lasting a few months or several years—or a permanent job placement—staffing companies allow businesses to adjust their workforces to meet their changing needs.

    You can find a professional–managerial staffing firm that specializes in very specific skillsets or niche markets. And, because these staffing firms are experts at recruiting, they can save you time by quickly finding ideal candidates based on their deep knowledge of specific market segments and unique talent needs.

  • Staffing companies are experts at recruiting. They have the expertise to find the best candidates for client needs and afford companies the flexibility to address skills shortages or fluctuating demand. Staffing firms also handle unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, and tax issues for their temporary and contract employees.

    Partnering with a staffing firm can be a powerful business strategy for a company. Businesses can “audition” candidates to ensure they are perfect fits for positions. Working with a staffing firm saves your team time and resources during the recruitment and onboarding process.

    Staffing firms serve as business partners with their clients and provide pertinent industry information and updates—particularly related to employment law—as the economic, legal, and regulatory landscape continues to evolve.

  • The types of positions that professional–managerial staffing firms fill are exceedingly varied, and range from temporary staffing, to longer-term contracts, to temporary-to-hire, and direct-hire placements. Specific position titles include, but are not limited to, accountants, lawyers, teachers, graphic artists, copywriters, marketing specialists, sales representatives, project managers, auditors, tax professionals, and C-level executives. They focus on occupations that require higher skill or education levels. They can help you find staff at all levels—from an entry-level marketing coordinator, to a human resources manager, to a vice president of business development, to a chief financial officer—and beyond.

  • Organizations of all sizes—academic institutions, government agencies, nonprofits, professional trade associations, and privately and publicly held businesses—use professional–managerial staffing services to obtain the flexibility they need to keep fully staffed during busy times and to complete project-based work and strategically grow their operations.

  • Day-to-day oversight of the employee varies for each specific staffing firm and negotiated arrangement, but is generally provided by the client’s on-site supervisor. Other responsibilities are managed by the staffing firm, including, but not limited to, payroll, and insurance and other benefits—alleviating human resource-related paperwork challenges, allowing the client to focus on its core business.

  • Yes, staffing firms allow clients to hire a temporary or contract employee as a permanent member of their teams. This process varies by staffing firm, but a placement fee may be negotiated with the staffing firm to complete the hiring process.

  • Three words: flexible labor force. Companies are tapping into the flexible workforce to keep fully staffed during busy times.

  • ASA members pledge to adhere to a code of ethics and best practices—most of which deal with employee relations. Moreover, because ASA promotes legal, ethical, and professional practices for the staffing industry, its members are kept abreast of the latest developments in labor and employment laws and human resource best practices. One of the principal missions of the association is to encourage high standards of ethical conduct in dealings with employees, clients, and competitors.

  • To find a staffing firm that specializes in the engineering, IT, and scientific sector, visit the ASA member staffing firm directory on

  • Staffing companies employed an average of 3.3 million temporary and contract workers per week in 2015, and over the course of the year, staffing firms hired a total of 15.9 million temporary and contract employees. One in 10 U.S. temporary and contract employees (13%) works in the professional–managerial sector.

  • This is a legal issue that can be addressed through a contract so that the work belongs to the client.