February Employment Trends Report [Infographic]

This month’s employment situation, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), showed monthly job growth averaged 266,000 over the last 12 months. Year-over-year growth for staffing jobs has averaged 5.6% during the past 12 months and staffing employment is up 6.7% compared to January 2014.

“The January jobs report confirms that the economy is growing, as are more and better employment opportunities for U.S. workers,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association.

These growing opportunities can be seen in the BLS data released this month, which showed 295,000 total non-farm job gains in January. Sectors that saw the largest gains over the month were food services and drinking places, professional and business services, retail trade, construction, and health care.

To see all of the statistics from February’s employment situation report by the BLS and additional information from ASA, check out this month’s Employment Trends Report!

February 2015 Employment Trends Report

Karah Bradshaw

The Value of VMS for Global Contingent Workforce Management

VMS - Staff Management - SMX - Global Contingent WorkforceAn effective Vendor Management System (VMS) is critical for a well-informed global contingent workforce management strategy. VMS technology enables the dual-objectives of meeting the talent needs of individual global user groups while also ensuring compliance with global employment laws, complex regional requirements, such as the Agency Work Directive, and market-specific cultural norms.

Configurable VMS technology automates regional, country or even city-specific rules to ensure effective and compliant program management through customized requisition, workflow and approval processes, rate structures, and scheduling procedures. Compliance to tax, reporting and data security requirements is also ensured by configurable rules within the technology.

Joan Davison, president of Staff Management | SMX, shares her perspective on the value of VMS for global contingent workforce management in the latest issue of HRO Today magazine. In the article “Big Differences, Same Benefits”, Joan points out that the value of VMS extends well beyond rule automation and compliance.

“With a VMS enabled global contingent workforce management program comes centralized visibility into labor availability, workforce costs, program performance, the supplier network and other important program data. This visibility provides the ability to make more effective decisions on where and how work is performed. It also enables the identification of opportunities for best practice sharing between end-users that are managing similar projects or facing similar challenges.”

This powerful market data combined with the automation provided by a well configured VMS is powerful. Users achieve efficiency and compliance for their global contingent workforce management program while facilitating effective and customized end-user support informed by market-specific data, rules and cultural nuances.

For more on the value of VMS for global contingent workforce management, read Debbie Bolla’s complete article in HRO Today.

Caroline Storey-Sabetti

January Employment Trends Report [Infographic]

This month’s employment situation, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), showed monthly job growth averaged 246,000 in 2014, compared to 194,000 gains per month in 2013. Year-over-year growth for staffing jobs averaged 8.7% in 2014, compared with a 6.4% average in 2013.

“Current economic indicators suggest more good news for job seekers in the months ahead with an increasing number of employment opportunities and options for U.S. workers,” said Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association.

These trends can be seen in the rest of the data released by the BLS this month, which showed 252,000 total non-farm job gains during the month of December. Sectors that saw the largest gains over the month were professional and business services, construction, and food services and drinking places. Staffing industry growth also continued, creating 14,700 new jobs in December – a 7.8% increase compared to December of 2013.

According to the American Staffing Association (ASA), the “staffing and recruiting industry grew about two times faster than the economy in 2013″. This growth coincides with the shifting landscape of the staffing industry itself and an increased tendency for businesses to utilize contingent workforces to remain fully staffed during fluctuating busy times. The ASA predicts that this trend will continue, stating that “after a long history of service to job seekers, businesses, and the economy, the [staffing] industry has been transformed for today’s slow-growing yet rapidly evolving economy.”

To see more statistics on December’s employment situation as well as additional commentary from Richard Wahlquist, check out this month’s Employment Trends Infographic!

January 2015 Employment Trends Report Infographic

Karah Bradshaw

HRO Today’s 2014 Recruiting and Talent Acquisition Superstars

December Issue of HRO Today

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Staff Management | SMX is pleased to be recognized on HRO Today’s list of 2014 Superstars in the Recruiting and Talent Acquisition Provider category.

The annual Superstars list is comprised of “industry leaders that have demonstrated forward thinking and transformative actions in the field of HR”. It covers three major categories responsible for human resources success – Providers, Practitioners, and Advisors/Analysts.

We’re also thrilled to see some of our clients on this year’s list. Their inclusion is a testimony to the great work they do every day. Together, we form strong and effective partnerships that drive business results. Thank you HRO Today, for recognizing us as Recruiting and Talent Acquisition Superstars!

Staff Management | SMX’s 2014 Superstars
Joan Davison, President
Janice Weiner, Vice President of Global MSP Services

A special congratulations to Patrick Beharelle, President and COO of TrueBlue Outsourcing Solutions, and Taryn Owen, President of PeopleScout, for making the list as well!

See All of HRO Today’s 2014 Superstars

Karah Bradshaw

December Employment Trends [Infographic]

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 321,000 jobs were added in November. Compared to average monthly gains of 224,000 over the past 12 months, December’s employment situation shows a significant increase in job gains. Sectors showing the largest gains included professional and business services, retail trade, health care and manufacturing. Temporary help services continued to trend upward, adding 23,000 in November.

To see more statistics from the employment situation report as well as commentary from Richard Wahlquist, President and CEO of the American Staffing Association (ASA), check out our December 2014 Employment Trends Infographic.

December 2014 Employment Situation Infographic


Karah Bradshaw

StaffTrack: Workforce & Vendor Management System (WVMS)

Need more insight into your contingent workforce management program? StaffTrack, our proprietary Workforce and Vendor Management System (WVMS), provides granular contingent workforce visibility. StaffTrack helps us capture key metrics to allow for greater efficiencies and continuous program improvement. To learn more about our award-winning WVMS technology, contact us at sales-marketing@staffmanagement.com for a StaffTrack demo today!

Karah Bradshaw

November Employment Trends Report [Infographic]

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), total non-farm payroll employment was up by 214,000 in October with an unemployment rate of 5.8%. Temporary help services continued its upward trend, adding 15,100 in October – as reported by the American Staffing Association (ASA).

Check out the November Employment Trends Report below for key information from the BLS’s November Employment Situation report as well as some of the latest statistics and commentary on the staffing industry from the ASA. To download the PDF, follow this link: November Employment Trends Infographic.

November 2014 Employment Trends Infographic


Karah Bradshaw

Social Recruiting Video Helps Those Looking for Work Find Entry Level Jobs

The recruiting landscape has changed significantly over the last decade. With the rise of social media, new opportunities for more creative recruiting efforts have emerged. Now, social recruiting is a critical part of every modern recruitment strategy and has been key to our recruiting plans for client staffing solutions in 2014.

To enhance our efforts, we created this video to connect those who are looking for work with entry level job openings. These job openings include positions in manufacturing, distribution and call centers. If you’re looking for work, check out the video below to learn how to apply for a new manufacturing, distribution or call center job today!

Visit apply.smjobs.com to search:
Manufacturing Jobs
Distribution Center Jobs
Call Center Jobs

Staff Management | SMX is committed to serving our clients in every creative way possible. This social recruiting video provides a new tool for our on-site teams to enhance their social recruiting efforts for clients across the country. What are some creative ways you have incorporated social into your recruiting strategy? Share with us by leaving a comment!

Karah Bradshaw

MSP Provider or In-House Management – What’s Right for You?

The Choice: MSP Provider or In-House Management – What’s Right for You?

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When you’re involved with developing, maintaining and optimizing a sustainable contingent workforce strategy for your organization, you know it’s crucial to get all of the information needed to make the right decision. During this decision-making process, one question you might consider is – why outsource the management of your contingent workforce to an MSP provider?

There are many factors that come into play when answering this question thoroughly. One major piece of the puzzle is finding relevant and up-to-date industry information on which you can base your decision. If you’re the one doing research, you may have already discovered that sufficient statistics and expert commentary can be hard to find. That’s why we put together some of the latest information and are sharing it with you in our ebook, The Choice.

In this ebook, you’ll find some of the most recent industry statistics and expert commentary on outsourcing the management of your contingent workforce program. For example, did you know that spend under management by Managed Service Providers (MSPs) has more than doubled over the last 5 years? Or that Best-in-Class organizations realize 43% more cost savings year-over-year as a direct result of contingent workforce management program capabilities and efficiencies?

There are many reasons why outsourcing may or may not be a good fit for your contingent workforce program. With 63% of ‘Best-in-Class’ organizations relying heavily on contingent labor, it is now more important than ever to evaluate and re-evaluate your contingent workforce management strategy. So, what’s right for you? Do you have what you need to become or remain a ‘Best-in-Class’ organization? Read our latest ebook to help you determine whether outsourcing your program management or keeping it in-house is the best choice for your organization.

Karah Bradshaw

September Employment Trends Report [Infographic]

Total non-farm payroll employment was up by 142,000 this month with an unemployment rate of 6.1%. Check out the September Employment Trends Report below to find more statistics and the latest news from the staffing industry. To download the PDF, click here: September Employment Trends Infographic.

September 2014 Employment Trends Infographic

Karah Bradshaw