Staffing News Roundup: July 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.

Half of staffing professionals don’t know who their most profitable clients are

What are the roadblocks that prevent staffing firms from running an efficient and unified business? To find out, we surveyed 1,200+ industry professionals for our Global Recruitment Insights & Data site.

Some of the top findings: Interdepartmental collaboration is ok, but not great. The average staffing professional rates their collaboration as seven out of 10, with smaller firms much more likely to give themselves high scores than larger firms. Inside of a firm, those in finance roles are far more likely to report communication problems than other roles. Owners and CEOs give their businesses very high marks on collaboration, but this might be wishful thinking, as no other role reported matching marks.

The report also highlights a lack of team visibility into data—half of respondents don’t know who their most profitable clients are—and an abundance of errors and manual work. You can find the full report here.

“The numbers are clear: most firms can improve their performance when it comes to running a unified, efficient business. For larger firms, in particular, poor team collaboration may be getting in the way of results. Businesses of all sizes and function don’t have much insight into their clients’ profitability and most agencies are spending too much time on error-prone manual work.”—Global Recruitment Insights and Data (GRID), The Top Roadblocks to Running a Unified and Efficient Staffing Firm

SIA releases their list of the top 20 global direct hire firms

Staffing Industry Analysts has released their list of the top 20 global direct hire providers. Given the size of the direct hire market—it was worth $30.8 billion in 2018—it’s no small accomplishment to be one of the 20 largest providers. The top 20 made up 17 percent of the market in 2018, with a combined revenue of $5.2 billion. 

The UK and US dominate this list: half of the top 20 are headquartered in the US and 7 are based in the UK. Of course, many of the top 20 have a global presence. We’re also pleased to say that more than half the companies listed are Bullhorn customers. You can find the full report here.

While the days of nothing but sunny job forecasts may be waning, there is still reason for considerable optimism for those looking for work, or to advance their careers.”— SIA, Largest Direct Hire Firms Globally

US employer hiring outlook on the rise for Q3 

ManpowerGroup released the findings of their quarterly Employment Outlook Survey. Hiring intentions vary wildly by continent, with EMEA reported a slight decline in intentions, compared to last quarter: hiring plans are set to improve in five countries, weaken in 14 and remain unchanged in seven.

In the US, it’s a completely different story, as U.S. hiring intentions hit a 13-year high in the third quarter of 2019. Wisconsin, Maine, and Alaska are the states with the strongest jobs outlook. Which industries are on the up-and-up? Leisure & hospitality, wholesale & retail trade, and transportation and utilities were the top winners this quarter. You can find the whole report here.

“ManpowerGroup asked over 59,000 employers from 44 countries and territories, “How do you anticipate total employment at your location will change in the next three months to the end of September 2019 as compared to the current quarter?”—ManpowerGroup, ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey

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