Temp help wanted: Employers’ demands for temp staffing are growing
Temp staffing is on the rise, not just here in southcentral Pennsylvania but across the commonwealth. Last year in Pennsylvania, an average of 120,000 temporary employees worked each week, according to the American Staffing Association—a 5 percent increase from the year before. A total of more than 582,000 people filled temp jobs during 2017, an increase of 12.6 percent.
A substantial temp workforce is picking up the labor slack resulting from a shortage of skilled employees during this period of historically low unemployment. Businesses find that temp workers not only get them out of a jam but also have other advantages. Hiring temps can reduce their labor costs, unemployment claims, and time spent on recruiting.
There’s good news for temps, too. For many, the flexibility of briefer assignments matches their lifestyles and personal schedules. In addition, the chance to learn new skills increases their professional marketability. Some are even offered full-time positions with their temporary employer.
The hottest job opportunities for today’s temp staffers
In our service region, we’re definitely seeing a need for temps in some fields more than in others. Positions most in demand are in customer service and call centers, as well as in accounting support (mainly billing and accounts payable). We also have been placing temp staff in HR, administrative and clerical, creative and advertising, IT, and legal services.
How a temp agency helps you find the ideal temps for your needs
To increase the likelihood that a temp staffing agency gets you the best temp employees available, here are a few tips to follow:
- Try to give a temp employment agency a lead time of several days to a few weeks, allowing them to screen enough candidates to get the best workers possible for you.
- Ask an agency for a candidate summary, not just a resume. The summary should include test scores, personality highlights, verification of references, and background checks.
- Move quickly. Right now, top candidates don’t remain available for long. Asking to “see one more candidate” can cost you the best one, who decides to take another position.
Before we send you a qualified temp, a TriStarr temp staffing professional will meet with you to learn about the position and your company. This helps us determine the professional skills and personality traits that you desire.
All our temp service employees undergo a six-step evaluation process. This helps us deliver an excellent success rate—high performance and low turnover—when placing temporary staff.
We measure a temp candidate’s skills and conduct a personality assessment. We also interview each temp candidate and conduct reference and background checks. Then we prepare a detailed candidate profile for you. Our temp staffing agency’s effective evaluation process saves you time and money by successfully identifying someone who is the best fit for your needs.
The TriStarr management team has perfected its hiring processes to provide you temp employees with the skill and personal qualities to do the job to your satisfaction. We guarantee it. Contact us online, or give us a call at (717) 560-2111.