Margins, Pay & Bill Rates, Fees

2012 CWS Council Topics, Questions and Answers

January 27, 2013

  • Several companies state their reason for holding MSP accountable for total cycle time
  • Answers provided for various struggles with regulation in India
  • Outline of various factors that affect cost of ongoing VMS support
  • Many other topics discussed

Beware the Auction Effect

January 9, 2013

Are your suppliers complaining your rate card is too low? Dig a little deeper before making adjustments.


VMS Not the Bogeyman Suppliers Claim

January 9, 2013

VMS is staffing firms’ favorite bogeyman, but tales of its effects on lowered margins and profits are greatly exaggerated, writes Editorial Director Subadhra R. Sriram in The Contingent Blog


2013 Staffing Occupational Markets Guidebook

December 19, 2012

  • Over 500 occupations analyzed for staffing potential
  • Employment, wages, temp usage detailed by occupation
  • Best 32 niche occupational temp markets identified
  • Entire data available for easy download

Look Beyond Markups and Rates

December 12, 2012

Looking at a supplier’s overall costs — and not just the gross margin — can help you pinpoint areas for savings.


3Q12 Gross Margin and Bill Rate Trends

November 20, 2012

  • In 3Q12, median gross margin rose 50 bps y/y at eight large public firms
  • Similarly, median gross margin change was 50 bps y/y among 17 public firms
  • Average office/clerical bill rate up 0.9% y/y; industrial bill rate up 0.7% y/y in October

“Online Staffing:” What Is It, What’s Driving It, What Does It Mean For Staffing Firms?

October 31, 2012

  • Cost advantage important
  • Lower rates, lower markups
  • Many other critical benefits

2Q12 Gross Margin and Bill Rate Trends

August 17, 2012

  • Median 2Q12 gross margin down 0.3 percentage points y/y
  • Among large companies, median margin is 22.3%
  • July office/clerical and industrial bill rates stable

2012 Temporary Worker Survey: What was your hourly pay rate for your most recent contract/temp assignment?

May 30, 2012

  • Reported temp pay rates and ranges for occupational groups
  • Pay rate "range" for highest paid was 4-5 times greater than for lowest paid
  • Skill ranges probably account for corresponding pay rate range differences

Gross Margin and Bill Rate Trends

May 23, 2012

  • Gross margins declined 0.3% y/y in index of 19 firms
  • Margins running below long-term average 
  • Bill rate indices remain in line with 2011 levels