The world's top five staffing agencies are responsible for generating more than $25 billion in annual revenue, while accounting for around 18 percent of overall market share. But these staffing "giants" aren't just for large multinationals — in fact, most can deliver specialized services and solutions to companies of nearly every size. Plus, they have established best practices that you should look for in any staffing provider, no matter which vendor you ultimately settle on.
Why they're in the top five: Founded in 1946, Kelly Services is credited with pioneering the modern temporary staffing agency model. Since then, the company has broadened its reach to cover the entire hiring spectrum.
What they can do for you: Like all the companies in the top five, Kelly Services can provide talent solutions for diverse needs, from education to engineering, finance and accounting, government, IT, law, manufacturing, technology, marketing and more.
Why they're in the top five: Founded in 1948 by husband and wife duo Robert and Maxine Half, Robert Half International, Inc. has since expanded to become truly global in scale, and is also recognized as the largest accounting and finance staffing company in the world.
What they can do for you: Robert Half International, Inc. has multiple specialized practice areas, including finance and accounting, tech/IT, legal, marketing and office and administration, in addition to dedicated executive search services.
Why they're in the top five: As the parent company for Aerotek, TEKsystems and other well-known staffing firms, Allegis Group has a sizable footprint in the U.S. It's also the only privately owned staffing agency on this top-five list.
What they can do for you: Allegis Group provides wide-ranging talent solutions to companies around the globe through a network of operating companies, which enables the company to deliver solutions tailored to needs across a variety of industries.
Why they're in the top five: With more than 50 years of experience delivering staffing and HR solutions, Adecco has long been an industry leader in the staffing space.
What they can do for you: Adecco provides staffing and partnership solutions across a number of different specialty areas, including call center and customer service, hospitality, retail and sales, transportation and warehousing.
Why we're in the top five: Randstad recently claimed the number-one position for market share among staffing providers around the globe, and the Netherlands-based company shows no signs of slowing down. With more than 4,400 branches around the world — including several hundred in the U.S. — we're capable of providing highly localized service and consultative expertise to businesses across nearly every industry.
What we can do for you: Randstad offers a full suite of innovative, end-to-end talent solutions, from recruitment and freelancer management systems to process outsourcing, talent acquisition, career transition services, permanent workforce/RPO, contingent workforce/MSP and payroll and independent contractor services. By leveraging dedicated lines of business spread across a host of specific industries — including engineering, accounting and finance, manufacturing and logistics, office and administration, life sciences, technology and more — we can able to provide customized talent solutions that power business growth.
From high-volume hiring initiatives, like staffing a new contact center, to direct hires for key full-time roles, Randstad has a solution to every talent pain point in virtually every industry.
A lot of the big names sound more or less identical, right? But don't assume just any major staffing agency can deliver the right talent for you. To see the most value from the partnership, however, you have to choose the right vendor, and that means asking the right questions of any potential partner — so be sure to check out our list of essential questions to ask when evaluating potential staffing partners.