The Lede: Temporary staffing agencies are playing an increasingly important role in a job market battered by the coronavirus pandemic. To help companies and workers find the best ones, Forbes released its inaugural list of America’s top temporary staffing firms. The list includes several members of a group captive that works with Captive Resources (CRI), underscoring the quality of company attracted to this captive model.
Since mid-March, the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the job market and disrupted workers’ lives in a variety of ways. Many workers have been sent home to work remotely, others have had their hours reduced dramatically and millions more have lost their jobs entirely as companies are forced to rethink their business operations.
The crisis has presented unique challenges for the companies tasked with matching an expanding pool of candidates to a host of rapidly evolving job openings. Since the beginning of the pandemic, temporary staffing agencies have been on a proverbial rollercoaster with a full assortment of twists, turns and loops.
When the pandemic hit in earnest in March, there were roughly 2.9 million Temporary Help Employment (THE) workers in the United States. By April, that number plunged to less than 2.1 million as many small and medium-sized businesses shuttered, diminishing the demand for temporary employees. Since April, however, temporary employment numbers have ticked upward as companies adjust operations to meet the needs of the time.
In turn, the best temporary staffing agencies have adapted their business operations to meet the variable needs of both employers and employees during this time. One such agency is ATC Healthcare Services — a company with more than 30 years’ experience in the staffing industry and member of a group captive that works with CRI.
In March, ATC Healthcare’s CEO, David Savitsky, predicted New York City hospitals would need an army of nurses and medical support staff as reinforcements on the front line in the fight against COVID-19. By the end of March, ATC Healthcare helped New York City hospitals add hundreds of new nurses to their ranks while increasing its business by 35 percent.
“They wanted to do the meaningful, necessary work to take care of the people who were affected by the pandemic,” Savitsky says.
“Our role is really to find jobs for people, find institutions that are looking for personnel and facilitate that.”
ATC Healthcare is not alone in this pursuit — there are more than 10,000 temporary staffing agencies in the United States, according to Forbes. And, as the pandemic continues, there are some significant indications that employers and employees will increasingly look to these firms to find suitable matches, namely:
But with so many firms to choose from, it’s tough to determine which temporary staffing agencies to trust. To address this issue, Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to create its first annual list of America’s Best Temporary Staffing Firms. Statista surveyed 26,000 recruiters and 5,400 job seekers and human resource professionals. In the end, the list included 138 of the most elite temporary staffing agencies in the country.
Given the list’s exclusivity, group captive members were well represented: Of the 138 firms on Forbes’ list, nine are members of a group captive that works with CRI. In recognition of their accomplishment, CRI would like to congratulate the following companies:
Year Founded: 1982
Headquarters: North New Hyde Park, New York
Year Founded: 2003
Headquarters: Pleasanton, California
Year Founded: 1980
Headquarters: Columbus, Indiana
Year Founded: 1998
Headquarters: Newark, Deleware
Year Founded: 1980
Headquarters: Houston, Texas
Year Founded: 1976
Headquarters: Canton, Ohio
Year Founded: 1986
Headquarters: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Year Founded: 1998
Headquarters: Petaluma, California
Year Founded: 1981
Headquarters: Jackson, Mississippi