“A lot of business owners are looking to be efficient, they are cognizant of hiring costs and want to be sure they made the right decisions,” says Ms. Chen. “So, we can be considered an extension of their HR department if they want to do a test drive to make sure they have right employee.”
Temp hiring tends to go through a cycle, says William Grubbs, Chief Operating Officer at SFN Group (formerly Spherion), a staffing company based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. For example, first companies hire light industrial workers, then clerical and then service professionals, such as finance and accounting, he says.
“Now we are seeing a momentum in all the skill sets,” he says.
In fact, the higher the skill level, the hotter the demand from employers, says Janice Bryant Howroyd, the CEO of Torrance, California-based AppleOne, an international staffing company. She specifically says demand is good for individuals with experience in graphic design and engineering.
Low-skilled workers often don’t get these benefits. But, high-skilled workers may earn time off and bonuses the longer they work for a company, says Bill Driscoll, a Boston-based regional president at Robert Half International, which he says also offers access to health care benefits to many of its professional workers.