Temp Staffing Growth Is SlowingRead the rest of this entry »
Except for a blip in 2016, temporary staffing has grown steadily over the last decade. From June 2009 through the end of last month, the staffing industry added almost 1.3 million workers.
In the years following the Great Recession, the staffing industry expanded rapidly, adding an average 189,000 new workers between 2009 and 2015. As the nation's economic expansion matured, the pace slackened. The industry added an average of only ...
Labor Market Trends May See Some CoolingRead the rest of this entry »
Temporary staffing has grown dramatically since the end of the Great Recession. The chart prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the rise in the numbers employed by agencies in March. But that little dip since January has raised some concern that hiring may be slowing down.
Historically, temp staffing numbers decline in January, a reflection of the end of the holiday staffing season. As the country heads toward ...
What's a Gig? No One Is SureRead the rest of this entry »
What's a "gig" job? Like Justice Potter Stewart once wrote, you may know it when you see it. But for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that's just not good enough.
As the acting BLS commissioner admitted in a blog post last week, "BLS does not have a definition of the gig economy or gig workers. In fact, researchers use many different definitions when they talk about the gig economy." ...
Audition Your Seasonal Hires For Permanent JobsRead the rest of this entry »
Businesses of all sizes and across multiple industries hired on more than a million workers to help with the holiday season. Come January, most of those jobs will end. But if you're one of those employers with seasonal help, you should think twice before sending out layoff notices. In this tight hiring environment, your seasonal workers afford you an excellent opportunity to fill vacancies with proven talent.
For weeks now, ...
Outsourcing Jobs Is Changing What It Means to Be An EmployeeRead the rest of this entry »
What will the future workforce look like?
That's a question economists, labor analysts and human resources professionals have been wrestling with for years. Outsourcing, automation, contracting, freelancing and contingent employment are all having an impact on what it means to have employees and to be one.
Now comes a Wall Street Journal article with the provocative title "The End of Employees" declaring, "Never before have American companies tried so hard ...
Many Seasonal Jobs May Go UnfilledRead the rest of this entry »
Did you see the news earlier this month that the nation's unemployment rate was at a historic 3.7% low? To put that into real numbers, that's just under 6 million people. Surprised that it seems like a lot? Don't be; 41% are officially called unemployed, but these are the people who have been out of the labor market then decided last month to start looking for a job.
If you ...
Holiday Temp Hiring Expected to Be Strongest In YearsRead the rest of this entry »
As if hiring wasn't already difficult enough, now comes news that employers are likely to hire more temporary workers this holiday season than in the past 7 years.
According to counts compiled by the global outplacement and coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, retailers and logistics companies have already announced plans to hire 589,000 seasonal workers. Last year, the announced hirings totaled 608,000. In 2014, the major employers hired ...
More Summer Workers Getting Hired On PermanentlyRead the rest of this entry »
Teen hiring this summer is the strongest since 2012, with nearly 1.4 million 16-19 year-olds working at seasonal jobs, says a report from the global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Although below the numbers hired in the 1990s and before, the number of teenagers hired each summer has been trending upward since the worst of the Great Recession. The increase has been bumpy with an ...
Temp Jobs Continue to GrowRead the rest of this entry »
The latest report from the U.S. Department of Labor shows the number of temp jobs continues to rise. Out last week, the report showed the number of temporary jobs rose by 3.2% in June on a year-over-year basis.
3.04 million workers were employed by the nation's temporary help services agencies last month, a rise of almost 100,000 workers from June 2017. Year-to-year staffing job growth has averaged 3.6% per month ...
The Government's Gig Economy Survey Is More Confusing Than ClearRead the rest of this entry »
When the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced it would collect information on the number of gig workers, there was hope that finally the nation would get a handle on this elusive group. Instead, it looks like the report released last week has only added to the confusion.
The BLS says there are 15.5 million Americans who are primarily employed in "alternative work arrangements." The bureau included independent contractors, temps, on-call ...