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What next for IT staffing firms?

April 9, 2010 - from Sona Sharma's Blog

Last year's recession wreaked havoc on the staffing industry, but all things considered, IT staffing came out relatively unscathed, particularly compared to what happened in some other... More

Roll up, but don't roll out - Lessons taught by staffing's M&A history

February 26, 2010 - from Sona Sharma's Blog

According to our research on staffing industry's most frequent acquirers, Adecco was the most acquisitive staffing firm in the time period between 2005 and 2009. The company completed... More

Is RPO vaporware?

November 23, 2009 - from Sona Sharma's Blog

It's been a couple of years since RPO burst onto the staffing scene. Recruitment process outsourcing took off with big fanfare and suddenly it was the next big thing after VMS for the... More

Buyers want partnership ... what the heck does that mean?

October 28, 2009 - from Sona Sharma's Blog

I have always been intrigued and puzzled by the term "partnership" when it pertains to the staffing world. Anytime you ask a buyer of staffing services what they want from... More

Direct hire -- down, but not out

October 20, 2009 - from Sona Sharma's Blog

We're currently updating our list of largest direct hire staffing companies--the first such update to this list since 2006. Some would say, what's the point? There hasn't been much... More

After all, it's all about putting people to work ... and keeping them there

September 30, 2009 - from Sona Sharma's Blog

Recently, our Western European Daily News covered Randstad's announcement of launching a job "secondment" scheme in the U.K.  This scheme will enable small businesses... More

VMS and WMBE - A double-edged sword for staffing?

August 26, 2009 - from Sona Sharma's Blog

As the acceptance levels of vendor management systems (VMS) and managed service providers (MSP) are increasing, the depth and breadth of their offerings is also broadening. They are... More

The best Sourcebook ever?

August 11, 2009 - from Sona Sharma's Blog

When I joined Staffing Industry Analysts 10 years ago, I had no idea what the staffing industry was all about. My manager gave me a 500-page-thick tome to flip through, saying this... More

Vendor neutrality - Myth, reality, or ... who cares?

April 15, 2009 - from Sona Sharma's Blog

Recently, I met with an executive from a well-known MSP and VMS firm, let's say from company X, and we got talking about the age-old topic of . yes, you guessed it vendor neutrality.... More

To market, or not to market? That is the question.

February 13, 2009 - from Sona Sharma's Blog

Late last year, I talked to some staffing firms that do creative staffing, which includes marketing and design. Business was starting to slow down, which was expected.

The economy slows... More