Jon Osborne

VP, Strategic Research

Jon Osborne

After leading SIA's North America Research & Editorial department for nearly a decade, Jon Osborne now focuses on strategic research projects and communication of company research to members via the monthly Staffing Industry Report webinar. Previously, he had a 15-year career in bank financial analysis and investor relations at Bank of America. He holds an M.B.A. and B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Recent Articles

May staffing sales trends: Staffing Industry Monthly Pulse Survey

June 12, 2009

May staffing sales growth by segment & sector
Strongest segments: engineering, clinical/sci, locums, IT
Weakest segments: allied hc, marketing, travel nursing
Most optimistic: staffing firms serving finance/insurance mkt

Employment Bulletin Live! August 2009

August 10, 2009

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Employment trend in 12 of 14 industry sectors less worse
Unemployment finally slips, if just a little
Worst performing: retained search, nurse temp, legal, marketing/creative
Best performing: outplacement, PEO, locums, IT, allied healthcare

Employment Bulletin Live! September 2009

September 9, 2009

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Employment trend in 12 of 14 industry sectors less worse
Unemployment up 30 bps, college level flat
Temp losses diminishing, firms report sequential improvement
Best performing: industrial, IT; worst: travel nurse, legal

Employment Bulletin Live! October 2009

October 5, 2009

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Slight stall in overall U.S. employment picture
But temp staffing still on track for recovery
Improvement most noted in industrual and IT

Employment Bulletin Live! November 2009

November 6, 2009

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Best temp labor sales targets for Nov/Dec
Analysis of temp employment trends 
Which temp segments hot, which not

2009 Staffing Survey: Temp-to-Hire Conversion Fee Policies

October 7, 2009

Median temp-to-hire conversion fee: 16%-20%
How staffing firms calculate the fee
And when conversion fees no longer apply

2009 Contingent Worker Survey: What do non-contingents have against contingent work?

December 19, 2009

Non-contingents just like regular paycheck/benefits
More than a quarter never considered contingent work
Also some negative perceptions persist

2009 Contingent Worker Survey: Why freelancers don't work through temporary staffing agencies

December 19, 2009

Top reason: simply enjoy being truly independent
But freelancers also underestimate what agencies offer
One in five think agencies charge a fee

2009 Contingent Worker Survey: Temporary worker satisfaction and loyalty

December 19, 2009

Only 9% of temps prefer being a temp
Temp work, not agencies, gets lowest marks
But nine in ten would (reluctantly) temp again

2009 Contingent Worker Survey: How do temporary workers find and select their staffing agency?

December 20, 2009

Top ways of finding agency: friends, job ads
But varies by temp industry, occupation
Temps judge agencies based on pay, jobs avail