Survey: Staffing Firms to See Slight Uptick in Permanent Placements

The use of staffing firms for permanent placements is expected to increase in the 4th quarter compared to more cautious expectations over the last three months, according to CareerBuilder’s quarterly Staffing Supply and Demand Outlook, which tracks current and projected use of staffing firms by employers and job candidates.

Nearly 15% of hiring managers expect to use a staffing firm in the 4th quarter, compared to only 13% in the 3rd quarter.

Just over 10% of hiring managers expect to use a staffing or recruiting firm to help them search for permanent employees in the 4th quarter, compared to only 9% during the 3rd quarter. Hiring managers at companies between 20 and 99 employees showed the largest gain, increasing by nearly 1.5 percentage points compared to last quarter.

More than 7% of hiring managers and HR professionals expect to use a staffing firm to help fill temporary or contract positions in the upcoming quarter, up slightly from 6% last quarter.

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Elaine Rigoli has nearly 15 years of experience managing content and community for various B2B and consumer websites. Elaine has written thousands of business and technology articles and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and eWeek, among other publications.


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