Staffing and recruiting industry market size in the U.S. 2012-2019

From a market size of 151.8 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, the U.S. staffing and recruiting market is predicted to decrease to 119.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak, a 21 percent decrease from the previous year.

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 2012 to 2019, with a forecast until 2021

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Release date

April 2020


United States

Survey time period

2012 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Figures are projections.

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