The Evolution Of Staffing Industry


The staffing and workforce industry makes a vital contribution to the US economy for 16 million employees per year.

Employee staffing as we know it today originated during World War II. The staffing industry came into the picture due to the increased demand for temporary workforces resulted from the call for men to join the war efforts. A lot of emergencies emerged in the workplace that gave birth to the staffing industry.

Although the strength of the staffing industry is tied to the ebb and flow of the global economy, recent years have been going strong. The expansion is positive for the industry, but what is driving the growth? What's there for the future?

The article will guide you to look at some of the significant developments that affected the staffing industry's evolution yesterday, today, and in the future.


During the early decades, a new practice emerged: the creation of resumes. It showed applicants' profiles and skillsets. The creation of resumes gave staffing industries more focused on efficiently linking qualified applicants with the right jobs. Although there were several limitations, recruiters had to work through newspaper ads to find the best fit. Also, applying and hiring were cumbersome during this era, where applicants had to submit their typewritten resumes by hand or mail, and recruiters had to keep track of a slew of non-digital resumes.

Entry Of Computers And Internet

The entry of computers into the staffing industry has drastically altered the staffing process. It has made storing and searching of applicant's files a lot easier and quicker.

The introduction of the World Wide Web (WWW) has further revolutionized the recruiting process as it has allowed placement firms to look for candidates locally and globally. It has transformed the staffing agencies into tech-savvy companies that rely on the latest technology to recruit. The introduction of websites and social media platforms gave staffing agencies a wider reach, allowing them to find the best candidates from around the globe.

Unique And Creative Models

One reason for the staffing industry's growth is a change from the traditional staffing model. Staffing industries follow different models that fit industries, company sizes, and staffing needs. The use of vendor management systems has transformed the traditional staffing situations, where a business has an opening and then contacts a staffing firm to help fill the position. Thus, new lines of business are delivering on-demand talent directly to employers through software platforms. As clients are creatively combining staffing models, the industry itself is changing.

Rise Of Software

The staffing industry has seen a high level of technology change in recent years. The rise of software in the staffing industry has dramatically changed Americans' search for jobs and how companies find suitable candidates. Online job listings have become the industry standard as operators post new vacancies with job descriptions online. It has given potential candidates access to a large pool of job openings with ease.

Even in the last few years, the temporary staffing industry has also relied on software and web-based programs that offer more precise and effective tracking of potential candidates. With software programs, staffing agencies can create new candidate openings, schedule interviews and meetings, analyze results, and screen resumes with ease. Multiple users can log into the software and web programs with various access levels and create internal notes or message candidates. It has given companies a better opportunity to search through a large pool of potential staff quickly and efficiently when looking to fill a new temporary role.

Technology Has Changed The Way Of Staffing Industry

Earlier career fairs, newspapers, and flyers posted at colleges, apartments, and secretarial schools were the go-to ways to find job seekers. However, the staffing industry today no longer involves hitting the pavement or posting flyers. The way staffing industries made connections and handled data has changed dramatically.

The traditional trends of faxing resumes and putting ads in newspapers have faded away while internal databases and online job-search sites have become commonly used tools. The use of the internet, online job boards, and email have permanently altered the way people search for jobs. Also, social media has reshaped the staffing industry altogether, impacting ways other online tools can't match.

The Way People Work Have Changed

Today, job-hopping has become more common, and people change jobs more frequently. The staffing agencies help employers search for the right fit and help employees find their best needs. Technology has provided more benefits to agencies for better branding, worker tracking, and analytics. It helps them to communicate with candidates with ease by offering all the details they need in one place. It has also empowered workers by giving them flexibility and fit in their job selection and allows recruiters to be more targeted.


The article is trying to bridge the gap between the B2B market and new platforms as transformation overtakes staffing firms. With newer, easier-to-use tools and a changing market landscape, modern staffing firms need to adopt new tech to transform their businesses.


Written By:
Nivedita Nayak
Content Writer, Aviskaran Technologies