Global staffing industry sales top $400 billion

The recent RCSA International Conference held in Queenstown had a variety of industry speakers and one of the most interesting was Barry Asin, the President of Staffing Industry Analysts who, as the name suggests, compile data and undertake research on the staffing (recruitment) industry on a global basis. 

In this blog, I'll share some of the current industry data that Barry provided.

Fact #1

The global staffing market in 2013 was worth an estimated USD$416 billion (using sales rather than gross profit). 

The contribution per country breakdown saw a top ten that looked like this: 

Rank

Country

Value (USD$)

Global market share

Forecast 2014 growth

1.

USA

$124 billion 

30%

7%

2.

Japan

$58 billion   

14%

4%

3.

UK

$37 billion   

9%

7%

4.

France

$29 billion   

7%

2%

5.

Germany

$25 billion   

6%

5%

6.

Australia

$21 billion   

5%

1%

7.

Netherlands

$17 billion   

4%

0%

8.

Canada

$13 billion   

3%

Not supplied

9.

Brazil

$8 billion     

2%

4%

10.

Italy

$8 billion     

2%

Not supplied

Fact #2

The three largest staffing companies (by sales) in the world have combined global sales that equate to the combined global sales of the next thirty largest staffing companies. The three largest recruitment agencies, globally, hold a combined market share of approximately 17%, which is the same combined Australian market share that the three largest recruitment agencies in Australia (Hays, Skilled, Chandler Macleod) account for. 

The per country breakdown sees a global top ten that looks like this: 

Rank

Company

Country HQ

Global sales 2012 (USD$ million)

Global market share

1.

Adecco

China

26,407

6.51%

2.

Randstad

Netherlands

21,972

5.42%

3.

Manpower

USA

20,678

4.97%

4.

Allegis

USA

9,548

2.29%

5.

Recruit

Japan

6,265

1.50%

6.

Hays

UK

5,829

1.44%

7.

Kelly Services

USA

5,451

1.31%

8.

USG People

Netherlands

3,699

0.91%

9.

Robert Half Int.

USA

3,658

0.88%

10.

Tempstaff

Japan

2,521

0.60%

 

 

 

 

 

16.

Skilled Group

Australia

1,902

0.47%

 

 

 

 

 

23.

Chandler Macleod

Australia

1,582

0.39%

Fact #3

Employers across the globe spend over $3 trillion on contingent staff of all types. The spend is allocated as follows (2012 data):

 

  • Temporary workers from recruitment agencies (11% of global contingent worker spend)
  • Independent contractors (67%)
  • Other types of temporary workers (22% eg freelancers, independent consultants, internal temp pools, fixed term employees, statement-of-work consultants/workers) 

Fact #4

Employer contingent staffing spend through Vendor Management Systems (VMS) and Managed Service Providers (MSP) is the fastest growing segment of the contingent market (annual growth of 23% and 19% respectively). The 2014 market size of each is estimated as follows: 

  • VMS (USD$122 billion)
  • MSP (USD$82 billion) 

Statement of Work (SoW) is the fastest growing part of each of these markets with growth of 39% in VMSs and 61% in MSPs between 2012 and 2013. 

The area of almost-certain massive future growth is online staffing (eg Freelancer, Task Rabbit etc).

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