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

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

Tech/Engineering Staffing Analyst Interview

July 31, 2007

Staffing buyer survey: strategies for managing staffing suppliers

November 20, 2008

51% of buyers using VMS; usage to go to 66% by 2010
Use of diversity suppliers on the rise, especially by big companies
Energy/chemical and business services most open to new suppliers

Hottest (and coldest) metros update

January 12, 2009

Hottest: San Antonio, St.Louis, VA Beach-Norfolk
Weakest: Atlanta, Warren-Troy MI, Tampa Bay FL
Only four percent of metros seeing accelerating growth

Special Report - Office/Clerical Staffing Growth Assessment

December 18, 2007

Staffing's maturest segment sees tepid growth
Cross-selling opportunities still maintain office/clerical's bread and butter status
Trends in technology and offshoring promise to keep this market dynamic

Labor Market Indicators

August 19, 2005


April 3, 2009

Temp jobs down 72,000 in March
But staffing not plummeting everywhere
663,000 nonfarm jobs lost
Unemployment up, direct hire in freefall
Key staffing markets negative, but moderating