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Last September’s U.S. Staffing Industry Forecast, released by the Staffing Industry Analysts, predicted that the U.S. temporary staffing industry will grow by six percent in 2015 and reach a total market size of $115 billion by the end of the year.

In early January, CareerBuilder’s job forecast survey revealed that 46 percent of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2015, up from 42 percent in last year’s survey.

These two findings alone prove the staffing industry is poised for continued growth in the coming years. Now, more than ever, is the time to ensure you have the technology solutions in place that will grow with your business, well into the future.

Here are four predictions for the staffing industry this year, and suggestions for technology tools you’ll need that will help you keep up with the industry changes.

  1. Greater shift to mobile. According to USA today, 83 percent of job seekers now use their phone or tablet devices to search for job opportunities. If your website and job postings aren’t optimized for mobile, it’s likely you’re missing out on some great candidates and key opportunities.
  2. Focus on quality hires. What some term “talent targeting” has grown its wings over the past few years and is predicted to take off in 2015, as new and improved digital tools have made it easier to find quality fits for more specific positions. The growing skills gap in the industry means the need for key skills, so ensure your technology is helping you best track and organize your growing candidate base.
  3. Shift from manual processes. Technology is all about making day-to-day tasks simpler and more streamlined. We’ve been shifting from manual for quite some time now – so if your staff is still spending time on things that can be automated by an ATS, you’re behind! As a staffing firm, you can save countless hours and money by investing in staffing software that meshes well with your business needs and values.
  4. Online staffing boom. Online staffing enables hirers and specific workers to arrange work assignments through a “human cloud” model. Today, as Elance and oDesk merge as leaders, and other platforms cross the $100M level, online staffing is gaining traction in the market. In a SIA article, SIA Affiliate Analyst Andrew Karpie recognizes online staffing platforms as industry innovators, which provides further proof that staffing firms need to have solid online footing, and an ever-expanding online footprint.

As 2015 begins, it’s time to evaluate whether your staffing firm has the technology tools in place that will help your team reach new heights in 2015. With a continuing drive towards innovation and a heavy investment in R&D, Avionte is dedicated to providing the ultimate staffing software product: one that’s highly customizable, and continuously improving based on the requests and needs of its end users.

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