June 16, 2022

ASA Survey: Staffing Employment Grows Year-to-Year

U.S. staffing sales reached $37.4 billion—a new first-quarter high—while first-quarter staffing jobs grew 1.6% year-to-year, according to data from the ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey. Overall, staffing companies employed an average of 2.7 million temporary and contract workers per week in the first quarter of 2022.

“The staffing and recruiting industry continues to support job creation and economic growth,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “In this challenging hiring climate, staffing companies are crucial players in providing flexibility and meeting the labor demands of companies looking to fill their full-time and flexible talent benches.”

On a quarter-to-quarter basis, staffing employment and sales typically peak in the fourth quarter due to holiday hiring, decline in the first quarter, and grow in subsequent quarters. That seasonal pattern held once again, with staffing jobs contracting by 197,000—or 6.7%—from the fourth quarter of 2021 to the first quarter of 2022. Staffing sales contracted by 4.8% in the quarter, less than the 10-year average of 5.8% for the first quarter.

Temporary and contract staffing sales rose 10.8% compared with the first quarter of 2021. Companies expect their second-quarter revenue to grow 10.0% year-to-year and project it to expand 11.5% over the full year of 2022 compared with 2021.

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Upcoming Events

Maximize Your Staffing World Experience—Add a Preconvention Program

Are you ready for the industry’s biggest event, Oct. 25–27 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas? The ASA annual convention and expo will give you the chance to hear from dynamic business leaders and subject matter experts on topics like the future of work, inclusivity, the post-Covid-19 workplace, legal issues, talent acquisition, and more.

Among the new learning opportunities this year are preconvention programs that will take place before the convention begins:

  • THRIVE Live (presented by the ASA women in leadership interest group)
  • The Owner Mindset for Emerging Leaders
  • Owners Peer Group Masterclass (by invitation only)

These preconvention programs take place Monday, Oct. 24, and Tuesday, Oct. 25; separate registration is required. Visit staffingworld.net to learn more, then register at staffingworld.net by June 24 for the best rate available—after that date, Staffing World registration rates will increase.

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It’s Not Too Late to Commit to Safety—June Is National Safety Month

This week is the second week of National Safety Month—a nationwide campaign, held annually in June, that focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in U.S. homes and communities. ASA is proud to partner with the National Safety Council again this year in promoting National Safety Month.

NSC offers free downloadable resources, highlighting a different safety topic each week in June, at nsc.org. The theme for this week is workplace impairment.

It’s not only substance use on the job that can present danger to workers. Mental distress, stress, and fatigue can also cause workplace impairment. Access resources to recognize the signs and address impairment in all its forms. Protecting temporary worker safety and well-being is a top priority for ASA.

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The Latest From Your Colleagues on ASA Central

ASA Central—the dynamic online community just for staffing professionals—is home to more than 27,000 staffing professional profiles and countless ongoing industry conversations.

This week, take a look at your colleagues’ discussions and some of the blogs they’ve posted on ASA Central:

Get involved with the community—update your profile today so you can network with colleagues, join a section community, recommend and comment on your colleagues’ posts, and share your own blog or discussion post. Log in to ASA Central now.

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