Press Release


US Staffing Market to Grow 3% in 2017

Professional Staffing Market Share Increasing

Mountain View, California — April 12, 2017 — Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions has released its latest US Staffing Industry Forecast report. Published twice annually, the Forecast report covers estimates and forecasts for the staffing industry by revenue and segment, with additional labor market information, including regional employment trends and historical data.

According to report estimates, the US temporary staffing market and the overall staffing market- which includes place and search- both grew 3% in 2016. SIA predicts that both temporary staffing and overall staffing will grow 3% in 2017 as well, with variances across occupational segments, from projected double-digit growth in travel nursing and education to declines in office/clerical and legal segments. Both the 2016 estimates and 2017 forecasts have been downgraded from previous predictions of 4% as staffing trends weakened in the latter half of 2016 despite the confluence of a slight improvement in GDP, generally a coincident economic indicator; and with an expectation that growth in 2017 may not accelerate as quickly as prior estimates suggest. 

Temporary staffing is also predicted to grow 3% in 2018 to $126.8 billion. However, with a stronger recovery projected for place and search, the overall staffing market is likely to achieve 4% growth to reach $146.6 billion.     

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“Despite the somewhat slower growth, the staffing market is on track to hit record size in terms of revenue in the next two years,” said Barry Asin, President of SIA.

The report indicates that, in line with growth trends over recent years, professional jobs will continue to comprise an increasing share of the US temporary staffing market going forward.  With the temporary penetration rate (the share employment made up by the temporary staffing industry) hovering above 2% at peak levels, there may be more secular growth needed to surpass this.

The full US Staffing Industry Forecast: April 2017 Update report is available for SIA Corporate and CWS Council Members, along with a replay of the April 11th Staffing Industry Report webinar, with analysts’ presentation of forecast details.

About Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA)

SIA is the Global Advisor on Staffing and Workforce Solutions
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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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