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Staffing industry stats that might surprise

Ever wonder about just how big the business that Apprentice Personnel is in might be?

The American Staffing Association dug into that question and came up with some pretty cool statistics.

For starters, more than 3 million temporary and contract employees work for America’s staffing companies during an average week.

During the course of a year, America’s staffing companies hire nearly 15 million temporary and contract employees. Highlights from the ASA research:

  • Most of those (76%) work full time, comparable to the overall workforce (82%).
  • Half (49%) of staffing employees say it’s a way to get a permanent job.
  • Nine out 10 said staffing work made them more employable.
  • One-third (35%) were offered a permanent job by a client where they worked on an assignment, and two-thirds (66%) of those accepted the offers of permanent employment.
  • While permanent employment is a top priority for most staffing employees, about one in five cite scheduling flexibility as a key reason for choosing temporary and contract work.
  • Individual assignments range from a few hours to several years; overall employment tenure averages just over three months.
  • The average wage is more than $17 per hour; some make more than $100 per hour.

Staffing employees work in virtually all occupations in all sectors:

  • 37% Industrial
  • 28% Office/Clerical and Administrative
  • 13% Professional/Managerial
  • 13% Engineering, Information Technology, and Scientific
  • 9% Health Care

Cool, right?

About the Author

Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.