Jon Osborne

VP, Strategic Research

Jon Osborne

After leading SIA's North America Research & Editorial department for nearly a decade, Jon Osborne now focuses on strategic research projects and communication of company research to members via the monthly Staffing Industry Report webinar. Previously, he had a 15-year career in bank financial analysis and investor relations at Bank of America. He holds an M.B.A. and B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Recent Articles

Staffing's hottest (and coldest) metros update

December 15, 2008

Hottest markets: St. Louis MO, Baltimore-Towson MD, San Antonio TX
Weakest markets: Detroit-Livonia MI, Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale AZ, Wichita KS
Only seven percent of metros seeing accelerating growth

Hottest (and coldest) metro markets update

February 4, 2009

San Antonio TX and Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX metro area tie for first place
Median decay in staffing employment accelerates to -7.1% y/y
Median twelve-month trend reveals deterioration has steepened


December 7, 2007

Information Technology Staffing Profile and Prospects

October 19, 2007

Special Report - Tech/Engineering Staffing Growth Assessment

July 11, 2007

Spike in commodity prices creates a boom in demand
Market still competitive, but increasingly concentrated
Talent shortage ongoing and likely to continue

Survey of staffing firms: Vendor management, HR outsourcing & consulting - Who offers what to whom?

June 24, 2008

Staffing-related services a function of firm size
Commercial staffing more active provider of such services
Is RPO ahead of itself?

July BLS Employment Bulletin

August 3, 2007

  • Temp volume down, but trend no worse
  • Place and search hiring slows
  • Nonfarm growth slows; fewer govt jobs
  • Leisure employment tops manufacturing

Hottest (and coldest) metro markets update

June 8, 2009

Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux LA bounces back
Less worse:  New York-White Plains-Wayne NY-NJ and metros near Detroit
New to the bottom: Portland-Vancouver-Beavorton OR-WA, Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA

Survey of staffing firms: Top temp/contractor recruiting methods

July 22, 2008

Referrals considered most important recruiting method
Candidate database, list of former temps, job boards also tops
Larger firms more likely to use job boards, job postings

Special Report - Place & Search Growth Assessment

November 27, 2006

Growth expected to moderate in the near-term
Long-term prospects overwhelmingly positive
But volatility remains much higher than temporary staffing