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What do staffing firms hate the most? No, it's not VMS.

July 30, 2010 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

In 2008, 2009 and 2010, we surveyed staffing firms with regard to their attitude toward a wide variety of factors--legal and regulatory topics, staffing specific issues (such as VMS... More

Staffing firms are from Mars, staffing buyers are from Venus

July 30, 2010 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

I happened to be going through some of our survey data from 2009, and noticed an interesting coincidence. 

When buyers were asked what advice they would give to staffing firms,... More

Welcome to Kafka's Department of Labor

July 19, 2010 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has discontinued its practice of offering specific guidance to employers wanting clarification regarding independent contractor compliance. ... More

Gold in IT niches?

June 30, 2010 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

We just released this year's Fastest-Growing Staffing Firms list.  In all, 44 firms made the cut, each generating compound annual organic growth of 15% or more between the years... More

Offshore recruiter for $800 a month!

June 28, 2010 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

That was the header in an email I received recently.  The email indicated that my name came up during a search for leading staff augmentation firms.  I don't have a staff... More

The butler didn't do it…it was locums!

June 8, 2010 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

There I was, innocently reading the Dover Thrift Edition of "Victorian Tales of Terror," when suddenly, like a phantom in the night, contingent labor cast its shadow over... More

Internships - the new temp staffing opportunity?

May 4, 2010 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

Some of the most coveted jobs in the world have historically paid zip. 

Internships on Wall Street, in major scientific companies, in the media and in politics have typically paid... More

The coming boom in locum tenens

April 13, 2010 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

My advice to owners of locums staffing firms: start shopping for a really good private banker, yes the kind that comes to your home to discuss how to invest your millions -- sometime... More

My moral quandary

March 30, 2010 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

In our latest annual staffing firm survey, we asked staffing firms--500 of them--the following question: "What marketing tactic would you say has the highest bang-to-buck return... More

How many temporary staffing firms are there in the U.S.?

March 30, 2010 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

The answer we used to give to that question was 9,500.
That was based largely on a relatively definitive, though also tardy, estimate, which came from the U.S. Economic Census. ... More