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2013 Contingent Buyer Survey: Who's trying new suppliers? Who's consolidating?

June 18, 2013

  • Since 2007, the proportion of buyers who are interested in trying new suppliers or consolidating existing ones has increased steadily.
  • In general, interest in consolidating suppliers and trying new ones pervades almost every type and size of buyer.

2013 Contingent Buyer Survey: Top skill purchases & recruiting challenges

June 17, 2013

  • Information on top skill purchases by specific buyer industry
  • Toughest recruiting challenges by skill segment

2013 Contingent Buyer Survey: Buyer plans and healthcare reform

June 14, 2013

  • As a result of the Affordable Care Act, buyers to increase use of SOWs, outsourced workers, full-time employees, offshore workers and agency temps, and to decrease use of independent contractors.
  • Confusion still prevalent

1Q13 Financial Results for North America-Based Public Staffing Firms

June 14, 2013

  • 1Q13 revenue rises a median 0.1% among 10 large staffing firms
  • 1Q13 revenue up a median 0.5% among 23 staffing firms tracked
  • 70% reported positive net income, while gross margins down a median 30 basis points

2013 Contingent Buyer Survey: Primary model used

June 13, 2013

  • Compared to 2009, buyers in 2013 were more likely to say that the primary model they use to manage their CW program is an MSP
  • MSP use gains in almost all buyer size categories
  • Included in report: Cuts by industry, skill and spend, trend data

2013 Contingent Buyer Survey: Buyer 2-Yr Spending Plans

June 13, 2013

  • On net, buyers plan to increase use of SOWs, agency temps, FTEs, offshore workers and outsourced workers, and decrease use of ICs
  • More detail in report, including cuts by industry, skill purchased and size, as well as trend data and overall workforce projections

The “Human Cloud” in 2013: What It Is, and Why It Is An Emerging and Real Opportunity For Staffing Firms

June 13, 2013

  • "Online Staffing" is just one part of the "Human Cloud"
  • Technology is enabling many new staffing models
  • "Crowdsourcing" and "Online Services" are among them

1Q13 Gross Margin and Bill Rate Trends

June 13, 2013

  • In 1Q13, gross margins increased by an average of 20 bps at large public firms
  • However, a broader set of 17 firms saw gross margin decline a median 20 bps
  • Bill rates in O/C rose and accelerated slightly, while in industrial rates fell

2013 Contingent Buyer Survey: Buyers' 2013 top priorities

June 12, 2013

  • Controlling/reducing costs cited by buyers as their top priority for their CW program for 2012
  • Large buyers were more likely to cite controlling costs and IC compliance as top priorities; less likely to say preparing for healthcare reform
  • Report includes cuts by industry, skill, department and... More

PEO Growth Update - June 2013

June 12, 2013

  • Public companies reported positive net revenue growth in 1Q13-- ADP: +10%, BBSI: +46%, FFI: +46%, NSP: +3% 
  • As of our April  2013 forecast, we estimate the U.S. PEO staffing market will grow 7% in 2013. 
  • Forward-looking comments by public firms suggest healthcare reform may provide... More