The world's top five staffing firms 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: Kelly Services is credited with pioneering the modern temporary staffing agency model. Founded in 1946, the company has broadened its reach to cover the entire hiring spectrum since then. Today, the company has a global talent footprint.
What they can do for you: Kelly Services can provide talent solutions for diverse needs, from education to engineering, finance and accounting, government, IT, law, manufacturing, technology, marketing and more. Recently, the company has bolstered its position in niche markets — most recently, for example, by acquiring Teachers On Call, the sixth-largest provider of on-demand substitute teachers in the U.S. Kelly Services is also building relationships with partners to support the training and upskilling needs of companies and candidates alike.
Why they're in the top five: Founded in 1948 by husband and wife duo Bob and Maxine Half, Robert Half International, Inc. has since expanded to become truly global in scale, and can deliver temporary and full-time talent for companies across nearly every industry. The company is also recognized as the largest accounting and finance staffing firm 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: Allegis Group landed the number-one spot on last year's list of the largest staffing firms in the U.S. by Staffing Industry Analysts’ (SIA), recognizing the company as largest revenue earner in the country. Allegis Group is also the only privately owned staffing firm 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 like Aerotek (for engineering, scientific and industrial talent), TEKsystems (for tech/IT talent) and MarketSource (for sales and marketing talent), which enable the company to deliver solutions tailored to the needs of each industry.
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. Today, the company services more than 100,000 clients in North America alone.
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. The company also has a large global network of on-demand talent.
Why they're in the top five: youtube-linkRandstad 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 over 4,400 branches around the world, Randstad is capable of providing highly localized service and consultative expertise to businesses across nearly every industry.
What they 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 finance and accounting, manufacturing and logistics, office and administration, life sciences and more — Randstad is able to provide customized talent solutions that power business growth.
Staffing firms can serve as strategic partners for your business, delivering on a wide range of different goals, from cost reductions to productivity and workforce management improvements. 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.