Staffing for Canada Week is upon us once again. It’s an annual celebration that gives us the opportunity to recognize the many contributions of Canadians who are employed through staffing firms. At Adecco, we know that our outstanding temporary associates are the reason for our success, which is why we’re proud to give over 9,000 people a chance to work at great companies every week.
Here at Adecco, we recognize the valuable contributions that temporary workers make to our clients. Whether it’s providing support during peak periods of increased business or additional assistance to ensure projects meet their deadlines, temporary workers are often the unsung heroes of a business. So this week, we take a moment (and some blog space) to acknowledge the MVPs of the staffing world: temporary workers.
There are a lot of recruitment agencies out there. Some big, some small; however, all propose a variety of competitive advantages, sometimes in direct relation to their sizes. We’ve discussed the validity of some of these declarations in a previous article that spoke more broadly about industry-specific recruitment. But now it’s time to delve into a particular group of industries. If you need to enlist the help of a recruitment agency to find IT, engineering, or other types of technical professionals, how do you tell the difference between the big successes and the big talkers? Read more
Adecco is Canada’s largest employment agency, staffing both temps and permanent employees. That means that we’re keenly aware of the line many people draw between what they think a temp would do for work versus what a permanent placement would. Typically, people associate temps with clerical, administrative, and labour jobs while permanent placements are more often associated with specialized professional roles, such as roles within sales, marketing, law, or finance. But the line is much blurrier than employers and the general public assume. Read more
Despite the long history of the employment agency, many job seekers still have misconceptions about how employment agencies work and how to spot a bad one. That’s why it’s time to finally demystify the most common employment agency myths out there and to expose the underhanded and exploitative tricks that only the least ethical agencies would exercise. Read more
Ever wonder how employment agencies first got started? Would you believe it all began in ancient times? Here’s a quick look at where we came from and where we’re going.
The International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett), which consists of 49 national federations of private employment agencies along with eight of the largest ones in the world, including Adecco, recently published its 2014 economic report, shining a light on the role that employment agencies play in the world economy.
Among their many findings, Ciett points out that when an economy is in recovery, emerging employment opportunities tend to be jobs made available via employment agencies. In fact, fluctuations in agency work occur in tandem with changes in GDP. Ciett also uncovered that companies do not in fact hire employment agencies to substitute for permanent positions in a slow economy. Rather, employment agencies allow companies the flexibility they require during the initial stages of economic improvement. These findings are potentially good news for Canada since, despite having a comparatively small number of employment agencies (750), we have one of the fastest-growing employment agency markets in the world.
The infographic below distills even more of the most interesting findings in Ciett’s report relevant to Canadian employers and job seekers.