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What services do staffing companies offer? Your first thought is likely temporary employees who work on a short-term basis. And while staffing firms do offer short-term temps, most offer a variety of services that can meet an employer’s various hiring needs. Let’s take a look at the three major staffing offerings.

Temporary staffing is probably the most commonly-known type of staffing. Temporary staff can provide assistance in a variety of situations – like seasonal fluctuations in business, project work or to cover vacations – and in all positions, from administrative to light industrial to skilled trades to high-tech.

But just because staffing is temporary doesn’t mean it’s only short-term; staffing agencies can provide employees for a period of weeks or months. This flexibility saves businesses money, and is a key reason why they staffing.

Temporary-to-hire staffing offers employers the chance to “try before you buy.” The temporary period before an employee is hired permanently serves as an extended job interview, allowing the employer to ensure that the candidate is the right fit for their team.

Hiring mistakes and turnover are incredibly costly to both a company’s bottom line and to employee morale, so taking extra steps to ensure that you get the right hire the first time is incredibly beneficial.

Direct hire means you outsource the recruiting and screening process of a permanent employee to a staffing company. With a fee typically charged as a fixed rate, you’ll pay the same amount no matter how long it takes the recruiter to find your next employee.

The staffing agency does the time-consuming (and expensive) legwork of sorting through resumes, interviewing and deciding on the top candidates to present you with, ensuring that they have the skills, attitude and cultural fit needed to succeed at your company.

Today, temp-to-hire and direct hire staffing are of particular interest to government contractors. Contractors are now subject to updates to the Final Rule to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, which establishes a 7% utilization goal for hiring qualified individuals with disabilities. Those contractors who need assistance meeting the 7% goal should consider enlisting the services of a staffing agency that specializes in employing people with disabilities.