Since the economy has bounced back it seems safe to assume people are filling positions that were previously put off-limits during the recession. According to an online survey conducted to gauge hiring trends in the US, this is not 100% the case. Tammi Heaton of The Staffing Stream states that for most employers, research indicates that current economic and employment conditions are not the best of circumstances. Specifically, since businesses are growing and actively pursuing new hires, the more positive economic state and consumer demand have created a stronger need for full-time employees. However, unemployment is declining because few qualified candidates are actively seeking work. With that, tons of hiring managers have been looking for ways to improve their practice without breaking the bank. This article will approach the recent challenges seen in the staffing industry, and aim to provide insight on how employers can see improvement.

The challenge of a lack of qualified talent is the most notable issue employers cite today. This struggle places the most burden on skilled workers and general labor in the US. With an increase in offshoring costs, many manufacturers are moving back to the US and have increased the demand for workers in this area. With a strong need for machine specialists and laborers and a candidate pool without the necessary skills, industry growth is being halted by this problem. The same trend is the case within industries such as professional services, healthcare, and IT seeking qualifications from applicants without luck.

Another overwhelming constraint on hiring managers is the often high cost of hiring within time constraints. According to The Staffing Stream, “Today’s candidate shortages aren’t merely inconvenient; they’ve significantly increased the time and effort required to recruit qualified talent. In fact, 28.4% said that time-to-hire has increased dramatically.”

Staffing and recruiting services assist in tackling all these challenges. With firms that develop long-term recruitment strategies, as opposed to simply filling a few positions in the last minute, there is opportunity for strategic staffing that works. With collections of pre-assessed candidates that are deemed qualified for particular industries and need sets, hiring managers’ time and energy is spared. Within specific industries that seek certain certifications or prior work experience, staffing service providers are also helpful in narrowing down candidate pools to save time in an already overwhelming process. When a staffing service provider can identify talent for the lowest cost, there is truly an opportunity for an employer to capitalize on.

For more information about full-time, temporary, or contracted staffing services, visit Source One’s staffing experts.

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Heather Grossmuller

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