Temporary help agencies are among the fastest growing businesses in America . . . the demand is insatiable and growing by leaps and bounds. Businesses are beginning to realize that they can contract with a temporary employee at a fraction of the cost it takes to recruit and train a permanent staff member. In fact, nine out of ten businesses have used temporary employees at one time or another. Many employers are incorporating temporary employees into their regular staff, as well as using them to replace ill or vacationing employees and for seasonal projects.
Employers are discovering the many benefits of using a temporary service. Recruiting, screening, training, and benefit costs are nonexistent when using a temporary service. Employers avoid paying for vacations, holidays, sick days, and leave of absences, as well as saving on payroll taxes (FICA, SUI, FUI, Worker’s Compensation, Disability Insurance) and company paid benefits (pension, profit sharing, life, medical and dental insurance). Employers are also able to right size their business, saving on unemployment claims during slower periods.
In addition to incorporating temporaries into their staff for busy periods, employers are realizing a lower labor cost with the overall costs-per-hire being significantly less when using an agency. Advertising, screening, short-term hiring mistakes and the obvious loss of hiring time is no longer a concern when using a placement service.
Companies also realize a significant increase in the quality, as well as quantity of applicants in which to choose from when utilizing an agency for permanent placements. Employers advertise when positions become available; employment agencies recruit year round. Therefore, agencies have a “pool” of qualified applicants in which to select from as opposed to the limited number of people that respond to a one or two week advertising campaign. By utilizing a professional agency, employers have the luxury of hiring employees based on their actual job performance versus their interviewing skills.
Temporary employees also experience many benefits. Some of our employees like the variety of employers and workplaces. Others like the freedom to choose their own hours and set their own schedules.
Several years ago temporary agencies placed clerical workers almost exclusively. Today, temporary agencies make up a multi-billion dollar industry with more than one million temporary jobs per day in virtually all fields . . .
Including yours . . .