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Venezuela, Egypt Rank as Most Complex Contingent Markets, SIA Finds

English-speaking Markets Less Complex Overall

Mountain View, California — May 31, 2016 — Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) has issued its 2016 report on the Most Complex Contingent Markets Globally. Sixty different staffing markets were assessed across six continents in SIA’s most detailed analysis of market complexity to date. The findings cover both emerging and established staffing markets, and complexity is identified according to 11 different criteria.

This year’s report found Venezuela to be the most complex market, followed by Egypt and with Italy ranking third in complexity. Heavy regulation on temporary work, low VMS/MSP maturity, labor market inefficiencies and political instability were among contributing factors to Venezuela’s high level of complexity. India was the most complex of the Asian markets, with Indonesia following.

The United Kingdom ranked as the least complex contingent market, followed by Australia and the United States as joint second in the rankings. English-speaking markets are less complex overall and scored favorably across most criteria, deeming them easier places in general for employers to develop a contingent workforce.

“This report provides a framework by which to understand the relative ease of deploying or extending a contingent workforce program,” said Barry Asin, President of SIA. “Complexity should not be interpreted as lack of feasibility. It simply suggests additional considerations may need to be taken into account when choosing to extend activities in a particular geography or region. Conversely, those markets that are the least complex still require extensive market knowledge, along with strategic and cultural alignment as part of a successful approach to contingent work.”

Argentina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Kuwait and Malaysia were all less complex compared to findings for 2015. Markets that have become more complex in the past year include Egypt, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Turkey. Algeria, Israel, Slovakia, Slovenia and Venezuela were additional countries included in the assessment for the first time this year.

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The full report is available for CWS Council Members, along with the excel-based Market Complexity Assessment Tool (MACAT). The MACAT allows users to conduct their own evaluations by weighting the indicators which are most relevant to their business activities and specific risk profile/appetite.

About Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA)
SIA is the Global Advisor on Staffing and Workforce Solutions
Elevating the Workforce Solutions Ecosystem
Founded in 1989, SIA is the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions. Our proprietary research covers all categories of employed and non-employed work including temporary staffing, independent contracting and other types of contingent labor. SIA’s independent and objective analysis provides insights into the services and suppliers operating in the workforce solutions ecosystem including staffing firms, managed service providers, recruitment process outsourcers, payrolling/compliance firms and talent acquisition technology specialists such as vendor management systems, online staffing platforms, crowdsourcing and online work services. We also provide training and accreditation with our unique Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP) program.

Known for our award-winning content, data, support tools, publications, executive conferences and events, we help both suppliers and buyers of workforce solutions make better-informed decisions that improve business results and minimize risk. As a division of the international business media company, Crain Communications Inc., SIA is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices in London, England.

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Jennifer Arcuni, Communications Director, Staffing Industry Analysts, 650-390-6171 |


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