MRINetwork’s most recent Recruiter Sentiment Study says 83% of the 333 responding recruiters describe the current employment market as candidate-driven. In three years, the percentage of recruiters who say candidates are in the driver’s seat has risen 29 points.
Contract staffing had quite a year. The “temporary help services sector” added jobs and broke records month after month in 2014. This growth continues even now that direct hiring has finally bounced back from the recession.
So what does 2015 hold for contract staffing? Happily, we are expecting even more growth. Here are the anticipated contract staffing trends for 2015:
1. Continued adoption of blended workforce models
One of the biggest trends we have observed is the transition from a traditional, direct hire workforce to a blended workforce model that incorporates both direct hires and contractors.
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In the last several weeks, hiring nationally has generally continued to be good and, for most jobs, wages have been flat, said the Federal Reserve today in its period report on business conditions. It’s so called Beige Book summarizes reports from business and employment contacts in the 12 Fed districts to provide a ground level view of conditions.
In various parts of the country, reports from staffing firms and direct employers indicate growing wage pressure for jobs as varied as IT professionals, healthcare workers, skilled trades and truck drivers.
“Significant wage pressures continued to be limited largely to workers with particular technical skills,” the Fed’s Beige Book noted, with nearly ever Fed district reported a shortage of skilled workers.
Surveys by a trio of organizations found employers generally optimistic about growth in the year ahead, with more of them than at any time in the past seven years planning to add workers.
Released just this morning, CareerBuilder’s annual job survey found 36% of employers expect to add permanent, full time staff this year. That’s a 50% increase over what employers said at the beginning of 2014.
Even more employers — 46% versus 42% last year — say they’ll bring on more temporary and contract workers in the year ahead; 56% plan to transition some temporary or contract workers into full-time, permanent roles.
Recruiting is an interesting job, and can be very difficult if you’re flying blind. It’s incredibly important to know what’s going on inside the minds of both your candidate, and your hiring manager.
Here are three things every recruiter should find out when working with a hiring manager:
1. What is the hiring manager’s vision for this position?
There are generally two types of roles – roles that are expected to elevate, reach for the sky, and be strategic, big-picture thinkers; and roles that are expected to dive deep, buckle down, and get the details of execution done. Naturally, most roles require both of these elements to be successful, but some roles will focus more on one than the other. It’s important to identify what the hiring manager is looking for and expecting (whether you find out or not), and then recruit for top talent based on that understanding.
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“Our forecast for the 2015 first quarter follows recent trends demonstrating growth and indicating another increase in demand for temporary workers, marking the 20th consecutive quarter of year-over-year increases,” said Greg Palmer, founder and managing director of of the staffing industry consultancy.
The predicted year-over-year growth is a big percentage, even for as fast a growing jobs sector as staffing. But it’s not the first big forecast the Newport Beach, Calif. firm has made. In 2010 Palmer predicted demand for temp workers would increase 20.9% in the last quarter of the year. The prediction was off, but only some. Temp growth that quarter grew 19.2%.
The economy was on a roll in December, ending the year with 2.5 million more private sector jobs than it had when last January’s cold winds ushered in the year. ADP, the payroll and HR services firm, says private employers added 241,000 new jobs last month, the fourth consecutive month that ADP’s National Employment Report showed job growth over 200,000.
“The job market continues to power forward,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics which compiles ADP’s payroll data. “At the current pace of job growth, the economy will be back to full employment by this time next year.”