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Staffing Snapshot

Emsi’s Staffing Snapshot report provides detailed information about the Temporary Help Services industry code (NAICS), which encompasses staffing businesses. Composed of staffing spend data, staffing competitors, and top posted positions by staffing companies, the report draws heavily on industry-level purchasing and spending data produced through Emsi’s Input-Output (I-O) model

To start the report, choose a region of study (county, city, MSA, state, or nation) and click Run. Here we will be looking at data for the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin MSA. 


Inside the Report

The report begins with a comparison of regional and national staffing data. 

On the left, Jobs Filled by Staffing shows the number of jobs filled with the help of staffing businesses. This number comes from Emsi’s job counts data for the Temporary Help Services (staffing) NAICS. Next, the Annual Spend on Staffing shows the total amount paid to the Temporary Help Services industry by businesses within the region of study. This is a high-level figure that comes from Emsi’s Input-Output model. On the right, you can see the count of Annual Jobs posted by staffing companies, which is derived from Emsi’s Job Posting Analytics (JPA) dataset. 


Staffing Spend Overview: 

This segment shows how much money the businesses in the selected region of study spend on the staffing industry, broken out into occupational categories. The sum of these occupational categories equals the Annual Spend on Staffing figure described above. 


Here we are also given insight into the split between the region’s in-region and out-of-region spending on staffing. Each defined occupational category (e.g., healthcare) is strictly in-region, meaning that the money being used to staff Healthcare positions is being spent by businesses within the region of study, on staffing companies within the region of study. 

The Miscellaneous category contains 1) spending on occupations that do not fit into the defined occupational categories, and 2) spending on staffing firms not located in the region of study. (This out-of-region spending cannot be broken out by occupation.) 


Staffing Spend Detail

This section of the report splits the occupational categories from the Staffing Spend Overview section into their constituent occupations. The top five occupations from each category are shown, along with how much money the region of study is spending on efforts to staff each of those occupations. 

In the example above, Chicago spent $173 million in 2018 to staff Construction Laborers positions. All spending listed in this section of the report is in-region spending, meaning the money listed here is being spent by the region on staffing companies inside the regions. 

Clicking the More Detail button will open a chart (see below) showing the in-region spending that goes to staffing for each detailed occupation. This table also includes a row showing total out-of-region spending on staffing. (Note again that out-of-region spending on staffing cannot be broken out by occupation.) 

The sum of the rows in this table will equal the sum of the rows in the Staffing Spend Overview section, described above. 


Top Jobs Filled by Staffing: 

This section is powered by Emsi’s staffing patterns and is essentially regular Emsi occupation data. All Emsi occupation job counts are generated by taking industry job counts and applying staffing patterns to them. A staffing pattern says what percent of each industry is made up by each occupation. These staffing patterns are particular to regions and industries (e.g., the staffing patterns for Chicago are different than the staffing patterns for Los Angeles, and the staffing patterns for hospitals are different than the staffing patterns for Temporary Help Services). 

The Top Jobs Filled by Staffing section is the result of the total number of jobs in Chicago in the Temporary Help Services industry combined with the Chicago region staffing pattern for Temporary Help Services. Transportation and Material Moving heads the chart, with over 44k jobs filled with the help of staffing companies. Further down the chart, however, we can see that staffing companies are not as crucial to the hiring processes of Healthcare or Construction. 


Top Business Sectors Spending on Staffing:

Listed here is the staffing spend in the region by 2-digit NAICS. In Chicago, businesses in the Ag sector spent the least on staffing, at $29,270 in 2018. (This information also comes from Emsi’s I-O model.)


Staffing Competitors

In the chart below, staffing data is categorized by job posting trends. The top 10 actively posting companies are listed chronologically by number of unique job postings that have been deduplicated and isolated to a single location. 

HealthCare Employment Network had over 14K postings in the last 12 months, and a Posting Intensity of 2:1, which means that each unique posting was posted to two different job boards to reach a wider audience. On the right, line graphs depict each company’s Unique Posting Trend for the previous 12 months. Sunbelt Staffing, LLC, for example, seems to have posted more aggressively during the summer months in 2019, and dropped down again near the end of the year. 


Top Posted Positions

Similar to the chart above, this section shows the most popularly posted job titles, categorized by posting activity. At the top is Registered Nurses, with over 19K unique postings and a posting intensity of 4:1, meaning every unique posting appeared on four different job boards. Registered Nurse postings increased steadily through most of the year, as shown by the line graph on the right. 

We hope this report helps you grasp the staffing trends in your region and better understand the labor market. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our customer service team by using the Submit a Question feature on the right hand side of this page. We’d love to learn more about your work and see how we can help!

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