2012 Staffing Company Survey: How satisfied are staffing firms with their acquisitions, and what drives acquisition success?

November 26, 2012

  • Net promoter score for acquisitions made in last three years: -26%
  • Use of an M&A advisor did not affect respondents' satisfaction
  • Moderate correlation between acquirer size and satisfaction

2012 Staffing Company Survey: Acquisition Plans

November 21, 2012

  • Most desired temp staffing acquisition target: IT staffing 
  • Most desired non-temp staffing acquisition target: Direct hire
  • Temp segment where acquisition demand most exceeds supply: Engineering/design

2012 Staffing Company Survey: Trends in Staffing Firm Attitudes and Opinions

November 20, 2012

  • Every year we ask staffing firms for their attitudes and opinions on factors that affect their businesses
  • Most bullish: Internet
  • Most bearish: State unemployment tax, government regulation, healthcare, workers comp costs 

2012 Staffing Company Survey: Spending Expectations

November 13, 2012

  • Fifty-nine percent of firms expect increase in training spend, 54% expect increase in technology spend
  • Spending 'bullishness' for 2013 comparable to that of 2012
  • Firms in energy/chemical industry, IT staffing firms most likely to increase spend

2012 Staffing Company Survey: Temp-to-Perm Conversion Rates

November 13, 2012

  • Median temp-to-perm conversion: 15%
  • Highest: Firms serving manufacturing sector report 33% conversion
  • Lowest: Firms serving healthcare sector report 5% conversion

2012 Staffing Company Survey: Bench Model Usage

November 13, 2012

  • Twenty-nine percent of staffing firms surveyed reported using the bench model to some degree
  • Taking industry as a whole, bench model workers make up about 5% of all temp workers
  • Bigger firms use bench model more

2012 Staffing Company Survey: Hiring Expectations

November 12, 2012

  • More than 70% of staffing firms expect to hire more sales staff and recruiters in 2013
  • Hiring a lot: staffing firms operating in tech sector/skills
  • Less hiring: staffing firms in office/clerical

2012 Healthcare Buyer Survey

November 7, 2012

  • Findings from our first-ever survey of buyers of healthcare staffing
  • Data on buyer plans, management strategies, use of various types of contingent labor, reasons for using contingents, satisfaction with suppliers and recruiting difficulty, among other indicators

2012 Staffing Company Survey: Branch Expectations

November 2, 2012

  • 12 month plans with respect to increasing or decreasing branch numbers
  • About a third plan expansion 
  • Most aggressive: engineering/design staffing firms, and firms serving the tech/telecom industry

2012 Staffing Company Survey: Top vendors to staffing firms

October 31, 2012

  • Staffing firms were asked to recommend two of their favorite vendors, and to explain their selection.
  • Nine vendors received 10 or more recommendations, 30 received at least three. 
  • Job boards and front office solutions platforms topped the list.