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Today, with over 6,000 temporary staffing agencies in the US alone, selecting the right one can be a daunting proposition. Agencies range from specialized, niche shops to huge companies with $20 billion in annual sales. In the US, the top 50 firms control 40% of industry revenue with the top 10 agencies controlling 25%. The top five agencies are Adecco, Randstad, Manpower, Allegis Group and Kelly Services.
# 1: Adecco
The Adecco Group is the world's leading staffing company and employs more than 33,000 employees. These employees staff its 5,500 branches located throughout the world. Their general staffing services provide clients with temporary expertise in these areas: automotive, manufacturing and heavy industry, construction, hospitality and transportation. Adecco also offers professional staffing in information technology, engineering, finance, legal, and medical. In other words, Adecco can provide support for a multitude of staffing needs.
Randstad is a $22.5 billion company and the second largest staffing organization in the world. It has approximately 31,100 employees in 4,700 branches in 40 countries. Randstad offers its clients three options: direct hire employees, temporary to hire workers and employees, and temporary workers. It specializes in these areas: manufacturing, administrative support, warehousing and distribution, sales, customer service, industry, banking, engineering, finance, health care, technology and human resources. The company is headquartered in The Netherlands.
#3: ManpowerGroup Solutions
ManpowerGroup Solutions is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has nearly 3,900 offices in over 80 countries. The company has several “brands,” starting with ManpowerGroup Solutions, which provides outsourcing for human resources. Experis specializes in professional resources such as engineering, IT, finance, accounting, and healthcare. Manpower provides both contingent and permanent recruitment and staffing services. Finally, Right Management offers clients its expertise in talent assessment, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, employee engagement, and workforce transition and outplacement.
#4: Allegis Group
Allegis Group is the largest privately held staffing company in the United States with 8,000 direct employees and 90,000 contract workers, and it serves a wide variety of industries. Allegis is international in scope and focuses on providing staffing for technology, industry, IT, management, professional and accredited accounting, human capital consulting, and overall workface management staffing. The company’s headquarters are in Hanover, Maryland.
#5: Kelly Services
Kelly Services is also a US based company with its headquarters in Troy, Michigan. Originally, the company focused on providing staffing for office services, call centers, light industrial, and electronic assembly. Today, Kelly’s service lineup has expanded to include outsourcing, recruitment and staffing in the areas of finance and accounting, education, engineering, information technology, law, science, and healthcare. Kelly is the world’s largest scientific staffing provider and it ranks among the leaders in IT, engineering, and financial staffing.
These are just a few firms in the otherwise huge pool of staffing agencies throughout the world. However, as the top 5, they set the pace for the industry in general. Temporary staffing is one of those industries that will never go away regardless of economic conditions. It provides alternatives for companies in need of help as well as for the unemployed who need to work.