Staffing and recruiting industry market size in the U.S. 2013-2020

From a market size of 148.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, the U.S. staffing and recruiting market is predicted to increase to 157.8 billion U.S. dollars in 2020.

Staffing and recruiting

The staffing and recruiting industry includes companies which help other organizations find staff. This can be achieved through either assisting companies to recruit new internal staff (recruiting), or directly providing temporary staff to fill specific functions (temporary or agency staffing). The temporary staffing segment is significantly larger than recruitment segment.

Temporary workers

Contrary to popular belief, the number of temporary workers in the United States is not higher now than it was in the year 2000. Nor is the portion of temporary workers any larger in the U.S. than in other developed economies – in fact, it is lower than most. However, owing to the size of the overall economy, the U.S. temporary worker industry is the world’s largest. On average, temporary workers in the U.S. are engaged for 10 to 11 weeks.

Staffing and recruiting industry market size in the United States from 2013 to 2020 (in billion U.S. dollars)*

Market size in billion U.S. dollars
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Release date

April 2019


United States

Survey time period

2013 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* 2019 and 2020 figures are projections.
Values prior to 2018 were taken from a previous edition.

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