Staffing Industry Statistics - Staffing Employees

The staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry makes a vital contribution to the U.S. economy, and provides outstanding job and career opportunities for nearly 15 million employees per year. 


General Staffing Statistics

More than three million temporary and contract employees work for America’s staffing companies during an average week.

During the course of a year, America’s staffing companies hire nearly 15 million temporary and contract employees.

  • Most (76%) work full time, comparable to the overall workforce (82%).
  • Half (49%) of staffing employees say it’s a way to get a permanent job.
  • Nine out 10 said staffing work made them more employable.
  • One-third (35%) were offered a permanent job by a client where they worked on an assignment, and two-thirds (66%) of those accepted the offers of permanent employment.

While permanent employment is a top priority for most staffing employees, about one in five cite scheduling flexibility as a key reason for choosing temporary and contract work.

  • Individual assignments range from a few hours to several years; overall employment tenure averages just over three months.
  • The average wage is more than $17 per hour; some make more than $100 per hour.

Staffing employees work in virtually all occupations in all sectors:

  • 37% Industrial
  • 28% Office–Clerical and Administrative
  • 13% Professional–Managerial
  • 13% Engineering, Information Technology, and Scientific
  • 9% Health Care

Nine out 10 staffing employees say they were satisfied with their staffing company.

Staffing Facts


Industrial Staffing Statistics 

The U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry employs millions of people in virtually all occupations. Here is a snapshot of the industrial sector. 

37% of all temporary and contract employees are industrial workers. 

The top reason for industrial contract workers to choose staffing employment is that temporary and seasonal work provides training and a foot in the door to a larger organization. 

Industrial contract workers can be found in transportation roles, construction positions, food handling, assembling, maintenance work, and more. 

The average duration for industrial contract assignments is 14 weeks. 

Source: American Staffing Association Staffing Employee Survey 

The information in this blog post was originally published on the website of the American Staffing Association

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