Staffing suppliers have yet to warm up to procurement departments. In fact, their perception of procurement seems to be getting progressively worse. In our annual Staffing Company Survey, we ask respondents to indicate whether they think the influence of client procurement departments is a positive, neutral, or negative factor for their business. For 2012, the net bias (percent selecting positive minus percent selecting negative) among staffing suppliers was -46 percent, indicating that substantially more suppliers see procurement departments as a negative. In 2008, the responses were a net -30 percent.
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