The ASA Report – How Employers Are Finding Employees

According to the American Staffing Association report (a report on jobs and the economy for the nation’s staffing and recruiting industry), game-changing alterations in how companies hire employees are occurring. Formerly, relatively few (11%) of employers who hired staffing agencies were seeking to eventually hire their employee to fill a position at their company. That rate has now nearly doubled to 19%, nearly one in five, of employment agency customers. Employers are increasingly using staffing agencies as a sort of extended hiring process.

In addition, temporary jobs are lasting longer. Instead of the six months employers took previously to decide whether to hire a temporary worker directly, now getting hired permanently can take a year, or even longer. According to the report, this shift in how employers are using staffing agencies appears to be a permanent change in business culture that is expected to continue and accelerate. While that doesn’t guarantee that every staffing agency employee will always land a permanent job from temporary contract work, it does at least mean there is a better chance of doing so than ever before, and the odds are projected to get even better as time goes on.

The ASA report gives us more good news: the labor market is improving and more people are seeking work. The unemployment rate has been dropped to the lowest it’s been since the Great Recession, and economists expect it to drop even further by the end of 2015. This is certainly good news for job seekers, as the more people who have jobs, the more valuable both employees and job seekers become to employers.

The Labor Force participation rate, the number of people in the U.S. of working age who are employed or looking for a job, has also fallen and is now at its lowest point, about 62.8 percent, since 1978. This is due to the increasing number of Baby Boomers entering the 55-and-over age bracket, along with a very small percentage of individuals who have stopped looking for jobs.

Baby Boomer participation in the labor force is expected to drop even further, to 62.5% by the end of 2017, as that demographic increasingly ages into the 55-and-over category. If it doesn’t stifle the economy, that could be good news for the job seekers who will be replacing them.

Of course, this new hiring method may require some modification to a current job seeker’s approach. Instead of thinking of interview questions as tools for getting a short-term job, job seekers interested in a permanent position would do well to treat a staffing agency interview as though it were a job interview for a permanent position. This may require more research on the applicant’s part than an interview tailored to getting a short-term job would. But according to these ASA statistics, the odds that the extra effort will result in a permanent position are looking better and better.

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