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3 Key Traits of a Successful Temporary Staffing Agency

Posted by Anna Mastrandrea

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Aug 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

3 Key Traits of a Successful Temporary Staffing Agency--.jpgWith terms like ‘gig economy’ and ‘job churn’ circulating around the staffing industry in 2017, Canadian businesses are favouring temporary staffing over permanent employment. Canada’s ongoing skills shortage affects more than just the tech world, and it impacts both organizations that need expert talent and young jobseekers.

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There’s no better time than the present to start a temporary staffing agency. This type of agency is on the rise, because it’s an efficient way for companies to gain employee flexibility fast. LinkedIn’s 2017 Global Staffing Trends Report states that more than half of the industry’s leaders expect their budgets to grow and 79 percent expect to place many more candidates in the coming year.

All this means that if you’re going to start a successful temporary staffing agency during one of the most competitive eras in recruitment history, you’ll need to have a clear idea of what defines a winning staffing agency. Check out below for three traits you should have if you want to run a successful temporary staffing agency.

1. Know Your Niche

While you might think it’s better to cast your net wide when it comes to a successful temporary staffing agency strategy, it’s quite the opposite. The most prosperous staffing agencies are, in fact, those that decide to specialize in a field and become leading experts on the candidates and clients available there.

Many advantages come along with choosing a niche for your staffing agency, not least of which is being able to zero in on a target audience for marketing. When you know what your niche is, it’s easier to stay consistent with your brand, business strategy and budgeting. Not to mention that by focusing on one field, you can offer more valuable customer service.

2. Adapt to New Technology

They don’t call our current time the "digital age" for nothing. Starting a temp staffing agency today means you must prepare yourself for how data driven the industry is. Big Data, analytics, and key performance indicators are just a few of the trends that help the staffing industry run efficiently.

If you’re going to start a temp staffing agency, you’ll have to roll with the punches of digital transformation and disruption. If not, you’ll find yourself quickly falling behind. Make sure that you employ software that has features like an applicant tracking system (ATS), which allows you the ability to keep tabs on all your candidates, and a customer relationship management (CRM) system.

The best temp staffing agencies can stay on top of everyone involved in their business at any given time. That includes their staff as well and continuously monitoring their performance rates. New technology is key to streamlining daily operations.

3. Outsource Administrative Tasks

Perhaps one of the greatest underestimations people make about starting a successful staffing agency is how much effort it takes to keep admin in check. Making sure back-office duties and paperwork don’t overflow onto the front end and diminish your agency’s time management is of paramount importance.

Especially if you’re a foreign business owner, you need to give due consideration to the time and resources you’ll need for admin tasks. You must account for compliance with Canadian employment standards and province-specific business legislation, payroll and insurance. The last thing you want to sink your new agency is lack of attention to bureaucratic matters.

The above is why successful staffing agencies outsource their administrative tasks. Just as having a niche your agency can become trusted experts in, there are businesses that specialize in administration and business law. Hiring such experts can take the burden off your core business tasks and ensure you can eventually compete with the big staffing agencies.

The bottom line is this: the more decisive your staffing agency is, the better its chance at becoming a successful temporary staffing agency.

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Is Staffing Agency Software Right for Your Business?

Posted by Stacey Duggan

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Aug 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Is Staffing Agency Software Right for Your Business.jpgThink about any given day running your staffing agency. Do you find that your business is struggling to grow because admin and payroll have you drowning in paperwork? Are your operations sluggish from disorganization, both regarding tracking the thousands of applications you’re receiving, as well as staying on top of who’s who in your own staff? If you’ve said yes to any or all of these questions, it's probably time to look at getting staffing agency software.

Staffing agency software is an incredible tool for streamlining business operations, especially for those who are just launching their staffing agency for the first time. Administration and payroll management can become time-consuming activities that detract from your core business.

Read on for key indicators that you need staffing industry-specific software to help you focus on what’s most important in your business and in today’s economy.

Canadian Standards and Regulations Give You Unnecessary Headache

If you find yourself constantly worrying over whether you’ve addressed every legislative detail about operating a Canadian business, of which there are many, you should consider outsourcing your back office solutions. When you have experts that can easily lift the burden of endless admin and payroll tasks, your core business will regain its agility and efficiency.

When you have thorough software for your back office solutions, you free up more time and resources that can then go towards focusing on expanding your base of candidates. The right software also optimizes your agency, allowing you to compete with the big staffing firms. When you run a tight ship, it’s easier to find success both internally and externally with your business.

Experiencing Information Overload with Applicants

Staffing agencies are all about the talent they can offer. If you can’t keep track of everyone that keeps the cogs of your agency’s machine rolling, your customer service is going to suffer. You need a way to customize and organize all the info you have on all your applicants. That’s where an applicant tracking system (ATS) comes in handy.

ATS software gives you the ability to keep tabs on all the candidates you have and organize them into one platform that every staff member can access. You need to know how many applicants have submitted to your agency, how many candidates you have on offer for companies looking to fill positions quickly, productivity levels, etc.

But on its own, an ATS can be ungainly if it can’t coordinate applicant info along with all other proprietary data. That’s why you need staffing agency software that’s multifaceted.

You Need One-Stop Access to All Data

There is software that staffing agencies can use that have an ATS, Client Relationship Management (CRM), and financial reporting systems all rolled into one system. Stafftrak is one of these and it’s got everything an agency needs to ensure that they’re never behind on organizing their staff and applicants.

Using software like Stafftrak will boost your company’s overall performance levels because both you and your staff have easy access to all proprietary data. Tracking orders, clients and candidates, and company analytics is made much simpler when it’s all-inclusive and on a digital platform that can even be accessed via mobile devices.

The bottom line is this: if you find that your new business isn’t thriving, it’s most likely due to being anchored down by cumbersome admin strategies and systems. For your business to successfully take off in an impactful way, you need to cut all the tasks that are creating dead weight for your daily operations. Acquire a robust piece of software that’s tailored to the purposes of running a staffing business and watch as your agency starts to soar.

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5 Signs You Should Outsource Administrative Work

Posted by Laura D’Andrea

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Aug 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

5 Signs You Should Outsource Administrative Work.jpgAdministrative work takes up a good chunk of energy from a business that needs speed and efficiency to grow. Staffing agencies in recent years have become even more competitive than they have been. And the competition isn’t going to let up anytime soon, since there’s a trend towards an ongoing gig economy to address an ongoing shortage of skilled workers.

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But you might be skeptical as to whether you need extra help to handle administrative tasks. Starting a successful staffing firm means a lot of data wrangling, after all. But when your business is about managing and finding placements for people, the data might be more than your back office can handle. If you’re looking for five significant signs that you need to outsource administrative work so you can focus on your core business tasks, read on.

1. You’re Struggling with Canadian Business Legislation and Regulations

If you’re an American or foreign business expanding the branches of its staffing firm into Canada, you might find that it’s no small feat to keep all the legislative matters straight. From establishing an administrative presence, to accounting for what your jurisdiction of incorporation is, to remaining compliant with taxation and employment standards, there’s more than enough on your plate from the get go!

When you choose to outsource administrative work, you don’t have to deal with the headache of ever-changing legislation and regulations. An employer of record service can offer you the distinct advantages of having experts parse Canadian business law and keep you compliant.

2. There’s No Time to Source Candidates

Staffing firms are all vying for the same market of candidates, no matter if they’re passive or active. If your firm wastes too much time dithering about administrative tasks, other staffing firms are bound to leave you in the dust. To ensure that your business isn’t short-lived, you need to streamline your daily operations so that you can snatch up the best talent first.

A key challenge of growing your staffing firm is amassing a diverse pool of talent so that you can attract more companies. Even if your firm is dedicated towards specific industries, you won’t build a wide client base if you can’t offer candidates that are suited to different types of placements (i.e. temp/project, temp-to-permanent, permanent).

3. You Can’t Seem to Balance Overhead Costs with Revenue

This is a serious sign that your business is too bogged down by its administration. While this point is obvious, it’s worth stating that there are a lot of hidden costs that rack up when you’re a new staffing firm trying to stay competitive. Not only are you worrying about the proper management of your clients, you need to make sure you and your staff are taken care of, too.

If you find that the time and resources spent on the back end of your business, you definitely need to outsource administrative work.

4. Your Current Applicant Tracking System is Creating Extra Work

Does your applicant tracking system (ATS) have no search functions, little customization for client profiles, or no options for client relationship management (CRM)? If any of these qualities describes your current ATS, this is a problem you can’t leave unchecked for long. Although an ATS is supposed to make daily operations easier, it can sink your staffing firm if it’s too inefficient.

5. Too Much Paperwork

Let’s face it: staffing agencies require a lot of paperwork. Eliminating hours of ruminating over thousands of forms keeps your business from stagnating.

Proprietary software like The Staffing Edge’s Stafftrak can handle ATS, CRM and financial reporting. Stafftrak can also be accessed not just from office desktop computers, but mobile devices as well, making it easily accessible by your staff at anytime.

Outsource administrative work and your firm will no longer struggle to tame all the data it continuously generates.

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3 Secrets of Successful Staffing Agencies

Posted by Stacey Duggan

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Aug 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Part of running a successful staffing agency involves efficiently dealing with the inevitable operational challenges that arise in doing business. Just as all business has its ups and downs, staffing services similarly experience an ebb and flow of success. Keeping up is simply a matter of adapting to the job market and finding a place within the business world to grow.

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Here are three secrets of successful staffing agencies that your business shouldn’t ignore.

1. Finding Your Niche

As more and more people seek to enter the working world, they may encounter a job market with a wide array of staffing agencies. It is paramount, now more than ever, that staffing services find a way to stand out from the rest. To accomplish this, many staffing services discover that leaning into their strengths and finding their niche within the job market is key to their success.

By offering bespoke job-hunting services for a particular industry, staffing agencies can overcome common industry challenges and ensure that they stand above their competition.

A job seeker interested in a particular field is more likely to reach out to an agency that is fully immersed in that specific employment sector. Moreover, the job seeker may be more inclined to openly trust and advocate for an agency that has experience and proven success stories in their interested career path.

Find out where your staffing agency fits within the job market to ensure continued success.

2. Embrace Technology and Communicate

Modern technology has not only driven change in industries across all sectors, it has also revolutionized the way that job seekers, staffing agencies, and businesses all interact. On the other hand, the inability to adapt to new technology is a contributing factor to the failure of many businesses, so it’s important for staffing firms to learn to evolve and change the way they approach their services.

In today’s job market, customer relationship management (CRM) and applicant tracking system (ATS) software are vital tools that staffing services can utilize. They provide staffing firms with the ability to collect and organize a large database of job seekers and resumes. From there, they can then confidently connect their client businesses with the ideal candidate.

Social media has also quickly emerged as another avenue of communication between job seekers, staffing agencies, and businesses. More and more job seekers use social media to find out everything they can about the culture and work environment of the companies they apply to. This can be both beneficial and detrimental—if a potential job seeker can’t find what they need from your agency, they’re going to get it from one of your competitors instead.

Embracing technology can only really benefit staffing firms, in the long run, so get with the times!

3. Use a Back Office Provider

Something that goes hand-in-hand with technology is the use of a back office service provider. Administrative tasks such as payroll and compliance are often arduous, time-consuming, and a source of struggle for burgeoning businesses. However, by outsourcing these back-end processes, businesses can streamline their administrative and HR-related tasks, allowing them to focus on their core operations.

Staffing companies must be smart and use all the tools at their disposal if they wish to successfully match job seekers and businesses and effectively compete in the tough staffing and HR job market.

Adapt and Grow

These are just three secrets to finding success in the staffing world. As more people seek employment, it’s important that staffing firms provide the best, most efficient, and most effective service possible.

Whether it means learning new technology or simply outsourcing tasks, staffing businesses must be ready to adapt, integrate, and unafraid to reach out to experts for help.

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How to Keep on Top of the Latest Staffing Industry Trends

Posted by Mai Dowdie

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Aug 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

How to Keep on Top of the Latest Staffing Industry Trends.jpgLinkedIn’s Global Recruiting Trends for 2017 emphasized quality of hire amongst its top five takeaways. In the coming year, the staffing industry will need to become even more innovative at sourcing candidates to stay competitive. And for those who are just starting their temp staffing agency this year, you’ll want to know key strategies to hit the ground running inside and out.

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So how can you maximize your recruiting process’ potential? You have to stay on top of the staffing industry’s latest trends. Such trends allow you talk the talk and walk the walk when you’re aiming to compete with the big staffing firms.

So, are you curious about the best methods for staying current with industry trends? Read on o learn a few of the significant ways you and your staff can become recruiting experts from the get go down below.

LinkedIn Reports

Each year, LinkedIn releases for businesses a free to download report that is based off thousands of staffing leaders they’ve surveyed from the staffing industry.

These reports cover everything from how staffing firms evolve their recruiting tactics, key benchmarks and metrics for the year, budget breakdowns, and even future predictions of where staffing trends are heading.

These reports are invaluable to new staffing firms who are looking to gain their footing and leverage key trends (i.e. performance analytics and automation) to grow fast. You should study LinkedIn reports for their key insights, and let the major findings regarding recruiting tactics inform your techniques to grow your firm.

Social Media

Social media is a multipurpose tool for staffing firms both old and new. Staffing firms that succeed at working social media into their recruitment process find that their business brand is much stronger. And moving into 2018, a robust brand is a must-have for the staffing industry, which stresses attracting a bigger target audience.

But social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and sometimes the business side of Facebook can offer real-time updates from industry professionals. You can observe latest trends as they emerge. Your marketing staff’s efforts should include building a presence on these platforms as well, showing your expertise and passion for the industry by engaging with other professionals in the online community.

As a way to connect with people and build relationships, social media is the perfect way to network and grow your candidate pool and client base organically. Take advantage of the platform as an ideal way to spread awareness of your brand and even drum up passive candidates (those skilled yet often hesitant to sign on to a staffing firm).

Implement Back Office Solutions

Lastly, you should consider how better technology can help you keep on top of latest trends. Employing efficient administrative technology streamlines the everyday tasks that bog down the recruiting process. When you don’t have to stress so much about data entry, payroll, compliance with ever-changing business laws and HR management, you have a lot more time to devote towards furthering recruiter expertise.

Outsourcing your back office solutions to those who have years of experience in admin and finance is another way you can tighten up your daily operations. Don’t underestimate how much your front end will gain in time, resources, and efficiency when you’re relieved from repetitive administrative duties.

The more you optimize your daily operations, the more you can optimize your business plan to include effective marketing and research into latest trends. Make sure you don’t take staffing industry trends too lightly, as they can help steer your staffing firm towards greater growth.

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How to Find the Best All-in-One Software for Staffing Agencies

Posted by Anna Mastrandrea

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Aug 4, 2017 12:00:00 PM

How to Find the Best All-in-One Software for Staffing Agencies-1.jpgStarting a staffing agency means you’ll soon find yourself with a healthy share of paperwork that always needs completing. Luckily, there’s software for staffing agencies that can lessen your workload and simplify your workplace.

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What’s one of the biggest advantages of employing software for staffing agencies’ back office duties? Streamlined administration. The key to starting a successful staffing agency lies in balancing back-end and front-end efficiency. An all-in-one software solution can help you strike that balance and increase overall performance levels quickly.

How do you know you’ve found the right software for staffing agencies that addresses all your admin concerns? Read on to find out what you should be looking for in a back-end solution.

Does Your Solution Have an Effective Applicant Tracking System?

The core of your staffing business is its database of skilled candidates and clients who need those candidates placed in key roles at their companies. Since the gig economy makes up a significant portion of Canada’s economy at present, there are going to be many who engage with your staffing agency daily. Your staff needs a way to keep track of all the talent you place in order to guarantee satisfactory customer service for clients. That’s where an applicant tracking system (ATS) comes in.

But you can’t just have any old software solution for an ATS. An ineffective ATS can negatively impact your staffing agency if you aren’t careful. You need to look for software that allows for agile customization of profiles and offers a hot list function so that your staff can fill orders for candidate placements. Staffing agencies must optimize their time spent on placements in order to stay competitive in the staffing industry.

Does Your Solution Have a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Platform?

A CRM platform is essential in software for staffing agencies. A CRM maximizes the productivity of your business’s daily operations. Automating tasks that bog down your staff’s recruiting strategies, like screening candidates and data entry, is considered by LinkedIn to be one of the best ways to maximize your staffing agency’s budget.

The right CRM platform should allow your staff to make and track notes, set reminders, create lists, and run credit checks on clients. CRM’s enable your staff’s performance levels to be exceptional. When your staff approaches new candidates and clients, they are more than ready to connect the best talent with the right placement.

Does Your Solution Have an Integrated Financial Reporting System?

This feature is a must for an all-in-one software solution for staffing agencies. Payroll can be a tricky matter to handle when you have many candidates who are passing through your system. You must ensure that however you handle your timesheets that there’s a way to account for pay structure, tax calculation, overtime, and stat holiday billing. If your software doesn’t have an integrated financial reporting system, it can lead to a lot more data entry for your staff.

Stafftrak.is one excellent all-in-one software solution that possesses all the major features discussed in this blog. Stafftrak is a customizable system that can adapt to any changes in Canadian business laws as needed. It’s also a software that can be accessed by mobile devices, meaning your staff can make changes on the go as well as in the office.

Make sure your agency has maximum adaptability with a multipurpose solution.

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What Is Required to Do Business in Canada? An EOR Service

Posted by Ray Gonder

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Aug 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

What Is Required to Do Business in Canada An EOR Service.jpgAs a foreign staffing agency looking to open a few branches in Canada, you may face several complex challenges. While there might be some similarities between Canada’s legal system and yours, several details unique to Canada’s system and laws can keep you from launching your business. For instance, foreign employers must establish a Canadian administrative entity like a subsidiary or a branch office.

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To be a successful foreign business in Canada, you need to ensure you’re consistently compliant with the country’s federal and provincial rules and regulations. A daunting task for sure, especially if you have no payroll service provider. For more on how to properly start your staffing agency in Canada, and how an Employer of Record or EOR service can save you a lot of time and effort, read on.

Structuring Your Business in Canada

As mentioned above, you must establish an administrative entity before you can open shop in Canada. Whether it’s a subsidiary or a branch office, this entity must register or obtain a license for each province and territory it proposes to do business in, regardless of the jurisdiction of incorporation.

You’ll need to account for the fact that some jurisdictions require the directors of your subsidiary or branch office to be resident Canadians. There are exceptions made, however, for British Columbia, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and the three territories (Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon).

While the foreign shareholder isn’t responsible for any liabilities of this Canadian entity, you’re required to maintain accounts with all necessary Canadian government authorities (at federal and provincial levels). These regulations apply to any province or territory you employ Canadian contractors in.

Keeping Up Compliance and Taxation

The next big step in setting up your business in Canada is regularly filing and making remittances to all accounts set up in every province and territory you’ve opened your business branches in. That means keeping all your filings and remittances straight according to the different timelines of these provinces and territories.

To streamline the process of taxation and other financial matters related to operating a business in Canada and hiring Canadian contractors, you’ll need to establish an infrastructure for banking and insurance. If you want to run a successful staffing agency, you need to know about paying employees in Canada and what processes it involves.

Your foreign business must always comply with federal and provincial regulations for taxation, as well as employment standards regarding health and safety. These rules often change alongside the economy. Failing to comply can be very costly for your business.

Why an EOR Service is Vital to Your Business

If any of the above made your head spin, you probably require an expert EOR service like The Payroll Edge (TPE). TPE is one of the largest Professional Employment Organizations (PEO) offering Canadian payroll services. It has years of experience in offering foreign businesses like yours to flourish in Canada by handling all the necessary administrative tasks discussed above.

There are many advantages to engaging TPE for their EOR service, not least of which is maintaining ongoing compliance. When you’re starting your staffing agency or expanding your agency by opening branches in Canada, you literally can’t afford to make too many legal errors. Working with an EOR service will save you plenty of time and money, and will keep you up to speed with Canadian legalities.

Your business venture can be quite lucrative if you’re willing to take a calculated risk and expand into Canadian markets. The gig economy is hopping right now and will be for years to come in Canada. Staffing agencies are in more demand than ever, and TPE can help you grow your staffing business by taking the pressure off with regards to administrative duties.

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What Are the Benefits of a Temporary Staffing Agreement?

Posted by Stacey Duggan

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Jul 31, 2017 9:00:00 AM

What Are the Benefits of a Temporary Staffing Agreement.jpgWhen you’re trying to start a successful staffing firm,  it’s not enough to find the right candidates or have leads on the passive candidate market. You need to learn how to deal with all the paperwork your firm needs. Government legislation is constantly evolving to meet the demands of Canada’s diverse economy, and those in the staffing industry must stay current with this legislation in order to remain compliant.

When you’re working with temporary employees, labour laws can be tricky to navigate. Ultimately, you need to ensure your candidates are operating under fair arrangements when you recruit them for placements in other companies. A proper temporary staffing agreement can straighten out a lot of confusing employment-related administrative duties.

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Curious about what the key benefits of a thorough temporary staffing agreement are? Read on for how such an agreement can reduce multitasking and keep terms of temp employment transparent for your candidates. 

Your Firm and Your Clients Know What Your Services or Deliverables Are

There’s nothing worse than misunderstandings between employers and employees where services provided or deliverables are concerned. At present, the Canadian economy is facing an ongoing skills shortage. Supplying more employees to various industries isn’t enough; those who are filling vital positions in fields who are particularly affected by the shortage (like information technology, for instance) must be reliable.

An effective temporary staffing agreement should contain a section that outlines all services or deliverables that a candidate must fulfill. This clause will vary according to individual roles. A temp candidate may fill in for another permanent employee on leave, provide extra manpower during a busy season, or contribute their skills to a specific project. As such, it might refer to other relevant information included in the document, such as employer’s schedules or details on the deliverables a.k.a. products to be completed.

Helps Simplify Temp Staffing Firm Payroll Admin

Payroll administration can easily sidetrack your everyday staffing routine. For many organizations, payroll admin is more than a full-time job, with many factors like reconciliation, discrepancies, preparation of invoices, responding to queries and more all needing due diligence.

Having your payment terms in order with a temp staffing agreement means streamlining your payroll admin duties. Your payment terms should include your fees, schedule, and how applicable taxes affect those fees, and how clients should submit invoices to accounts payable, to name a few significant details.

Your staffing firm needs to be meticulous regarding payment terms so that you are well-compensated for the quality employees and services you provide clients. As well, your terms should make sure that your clients are properly compensated in cases of early terminations and other exceptional circumstances.

Covers All Relevant Areas of Federal and Provincial Legislation

Your temporary staffing agreement, when handled correctly, will provide you, your candidates, and your clients with all the legal information they need. Other than mountains of admin paperwork, nothing is more potentially disruptive to launching a successful staffing firm than legal disputes.

Whether it’s regarding Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) rights or federal and provincial regulations and standards of employment, your agreement should cover all relevant areas to each individual staffing arrangement.

There are enough ins and outs to the legalities of running a staffing firm that getting down to the business of providing businesses with temp employees can be difficult. That’s why many starting temp firms outsource their back-office duties to experts who can significantly lighten the admin burden. Temporary work is the future, but only when the paperwork is done right.

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Is Canadian Staffing on the Rise?

Posted by Karen McMullen

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Jul 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Is Canadian Staffing on the Rise.jpgAs more and more Canadians eagerly seek to join the workforce, the need for expert staffing services increases. Businesses often struggle with in-house hiring strategies, so outsourcing may be a means to recruit the best employees possible.

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The Canadian staffing industry is poised to grow over the next few years, so businesses must be ready to adapt, integrate, and reach out to experts for help. Here are a few factors you need to consider.

Emergence of Niche Staffing Firms

Staffing firms are faced with a variety of obstacles on a daily basis. While some are easy to surmount, many continue to weigh new companies down. In a job market that is saturated with agencies that claim to have workers’ interests at heart, it’s more important than ever that staffing firms find their niche within the job-seeking world and grow.

Some staffing firms find great success only after identifying their own areas of expertise within the job market. Any agency can hire for any role, but one that is fully immersed in a particular industry would be better suited to finding the best candidates for that field. This kind of bespoke staffing ensures that every dollar spent is working for the success of both their clients and their own enterprise.

Garnering renown within the industry is key to the success of any staffing firm and focusing resources on the core growth of the company is paramount. Canadian staffing is on the rise and businesses need to be ready!

Canadian Staffing Industry Outlook: 2017 Update

Is Canadian staffing on the rise? In 2016, Staffing Industry Analysts saw the Canadian temporary staffing industry fall flat, as steep declines in the province of Alberta were offset by modest growth in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. For 2017, Staffing Industry Analysts project that Canadian temporary staffing will see an increase in revenue of 4% year over year in 2017, reaching a market size of C$8.5 billion; the report projects a slight deceleration to 3% growth in 2018.

Before “jumping the gun” on staffing prospects, it is important to consider factors such as:

  • provincial and territorial differences;
  • metropolitan bias; and
  • targeted market size and density.

Canada is a vast nation and output of certain provinces and metropolitan areas skews growth in the country more generally. Ontario (Toronto), Alberta (Calgary), British Columbia (Vancouver), and Quebec (Montreal) are just a few examples of provinces whose large metropolitan cities drive the demand for jobs. Within these regions, staffing firms must find a balance between job market demand and the density of skilled workers within a given sector.

New Technology Drives Growth

Not only has 2017 seen Canadian staffing on the rise, but it also heralds the emergence of new technology that drives the growth of industries across the country. The inability to adapt to technology is one of many reasons why people fail in the staffing industry, so it’s important for businesses to learn to evolve.

Nowadays, customer relationship management (CRM) and applicant tracking system (ATS) software are vital to staffing operations. Staffing firms have a plethora of tools to track talent, catalog resumes, and match qualified workers with clients in need.

The days of pen and paper filing and passive interaction are numbered, and the dawn of detailed analytics is at hand. New software helps fill the gap in skill shortages for various industries and it’s easier to facilitate contact between workers and businesses.

Focus on Your Business

Although a larger pool of workers means a greater chance of finding the best candidates, it also means a longer, time-consuming ordeal of sifting through a large number of applicants. This kind of turnover may lead to an unwanted increase in administrative work. However, outsourcing basic HR tasks may be just what your company needs.

With Canadian staffing on the rise, it’s important that businesses know how to benefit from the arrival of skilled workers into the job market.

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3 Challenges New Staffing Firms Face

Posted by Corinne Camara

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Jul 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

3 Challenges New Staffing Firms Face.jpgStarting a new business is an exciting venture, filled with numerous challenges to overcome. New staffing firms in particular face a variety of obstacles on a daily basis. While some are easy to surmount, many continue to weigh new companies down.

Staffing firms are often motivated by their desire to help both candidates and companies, but sometimes good intentions are not enough in the harsh world of business.

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Here are three challenges that new staffing firms must address.

1. Competition and New Technology

Any new staffing firm must be prepared to face competition head on. Whether it comes from established recruiters or companies that in your clients’ industries, competition is an inherent part of conducting business. It’s what makes the job market so dynamic.

Competition is the name of the game. It doesn’t matter if you’re an owner of a staffing agency, a recruiter, or a job seeker; you’ll always fight to be the last one standing.

Technology is slowly emerging as a kind of “wild card” factor in the way businesses, agencies, and employees operate. Competition is what the job market is all about and technology is often what can give one candidate or business the edge over another.

The days of telephones, fax machines, and hand-written mail are waning. Now, businesses across the globe are using the internet compete at a whole new level. For staffing firms, this means adapting to new technologies, including email, social media, and online recruitment software to provide hiring companies and workers with the highest level of service possible.

However, new technology can be a double-edged sword. It allows companies and workers alike to voice their opinions directly with in real time, something that can be both beneficial and detrimental to the hiring process.

It’s not all bad, though. Potential workers now have the ability to search for job openings via the internet and staffing agencies can collect resumes online, which streamlines recruitment process. Additionally, new technologies have allowed for the collection and reporting of detailed analytics, which can be useful both for the agency and the hiring company.

2. The Cost of Competing

Despite their best intentions, there is always an underlying cost to providing employment services in the current job market. At the end of the day, staffing agencies are a business. Like any other organization, they need to balance their revenue with overhead costs.

To compete with other companies, firms often find a niche and offer tailored, personalized services to their clients. If staffing businesses take the right steps, they can ensure that every dollar spent is working for both their clients and their own enterprise.

To accomplish this, businesses often turn to outsourcing certain processes. Back end tasks are often the biggest time-sink for a business, and staffing firms are no exception. By outsourcing these tasks to a back office service provider, businesses can lower their overhead costs and focus on the services they provide.

3. A Diverse Talent Pool Means More Work

As the number of people seeking jobs grows, so too does the demand for effective staffing services.

With a larger pool of workers to choose from, firms have a greater chance of finding the best candidates for their clients. On the other hand, staffing firms run the risk of being overwhelmed by the sheer number of applicants, leading to more administrative work. Outsourcing administrative tasks may be the ultimate solution to these worries.

When starting up a staffing firm, it’s hard to learn what you don’t know. With access to more talent than ever before, staffing firms have all the right tools at their disposal to find the best candidates for their clients and focus on everyone’s success.

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