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Staffing News Roundup: September 2019

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Want to stay up-to-date on staffing trends and news without the hassle? Welcome to the Staffing News Roundup, a curation of notable reports, blogs, and news updates relevant to staffing firms. Here are some top highlights from the previous month. Read last month’s roundup here.

Gig workers say they would take a full time-job if offered the right benefits

Much has been written about the impact of the gig economy and online talent platforms on the staffing industry. Is it a good thing or a bad thing for firms? The jury’s still out. One of the main reasons the gig economy is cited as a threat is that it may be pulling away workers from the candidate pool. A recent study by MetLife suggests that many gig workers are more than willing to consider full-time work. Forty-three percent of gig workers say employers can offer better benefits to attract them to take a full-time job.

“Today, almost 30 million Americans get their primary income from gig or part-time work, constituting nearly a fifth of the total workforce. An additional 15 million workers supplement “traditional” full-time work with “gigging/ freelancing.’ This number keeps growing, as many of the best and brightest workers turn to gig for their primary employment. The gig economy offers a unique solution that meets those desires and supports employees’ lives both inside and outside of work.”—MetLife, The Gig Economy: Opportunities, Challenges, and Employer Strategies

Temps share how recruiters can do better

Staffing Industry Analysts recently surveyed 5,000 temporary workers and asked them how recruiters could improve. The good news? The vast majority of temp workers are satisfied or very satisfied with their relationship with their recruiters. 

That isn’t to say there’s no room for improvement. The most common feedback: recruiters shouldn’t be putting their own interest ahead of the temp worker. Two of the other top requests (more honest and better prep work) point to the same conclusion: if you want a good relationship with your temp workers, make them feel like they matter. You can find the full report here.

“ Temporary workers were asked to suggest how recruiters could serve them better. Five themes emerged from responses:
— Act more in the interest of recruits
— Do a better job preparing recruits for interview/assignment
— Find better work/more perm opportunities
— Improve communication
— Be more honest/transparent”— SIA, North America Temporary Worker Survey 2019

It’s compliance crunchtime 

As federal and state legislation continues to get passed and enforced, it’s never been more important for staffing firms to stay on top of the news. And the last month saw yet another wave of regulations and compliance rules that will impact the way you run your business.

We’re covering some of the most critical updates in our compliance digest. We’ll also be covering the CCPA, one of the most expansive state privacy laws in US history. Subscribe to our compliance digest to get all our pieces on the subject.

“Staffing firms should evaluate their current practices of collecting personal information and develop internal strategies to ensure compliance of the CCPA. This could include (but is not limited to) evaluating how information is collected, where it is stored, and who else internally has access to the data”—Bullhorn Compliance Digest, What the CCPA Legislation Means for Staffing Firms

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