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What Staffing Firms Do

Temporary and contract staffing companies are a critical player in the American economy, providing job opportunities and flexible work arrangements to millions of people while also offering a wide range of workforce solutions to businesses.

Individuals who engage with staffing agencies benefit from a proven pathway to permanent employment, as well as the ability to work on their own terms to achieve work-life balance. Temporary and contract employees are present in a diverse range of industries, from skilled trades to degreed professionals, including engineering, information technology, scientific, healthcare, industrial, office/clerical and administrative, and professional/managerial roles.

As the employer of the staff they assign, staffing firms take responsibility for paying wages, withholding and remitting employment taxes (such as Social Security and unemployment), providing workers' compensation insurance, and delivering various employee benefits. By working with staffing agencies, businesses can stay fully staffed during busy periods, taking advantage of workforce flexibility to adjust their needs, whether it's a temporary assignment lasting a few months or several years, or a temp-to-hire placement.

Partnering with a staffing company is a powerful business strategy that can help companies stay competitive, providing them with a flexible workforce that can adapt to their evolving needs. Staffing agencies are also responsible for ensuring compliance with labor, employment, and employee benefit laws, including those related to worker health and safety.