When businesses begin planning and budgeting for 2015, evaluating the state of the staffing industry can offer insight into new strategies and needed changes for improved hiring practices. As a staffing franchise, it is our responsibility to stay on top of industry trends in the ever-changing climate.

Here are three of our predictions for the staffing industry in 2015:

1. Mobile recruitment: According to USA Today, 83 percent of job seekers use their phone or tablet to look at job openings. Optimizing websites for mobile viewing is a necessity to keep up with on-the-go, real-time demands of job seekers. As a whole, the industry will need to stay up-to-date with the changes and develop new ways to reach mobile users while increasing engagement.

2. Increase in contract workers: Because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) changes taking effect in 2015, many businesses are increasing the number of contract workers hired to avoid the employer mandate. As businesses try to stay below the 50 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee minimum, employers will rely on contract workers to ensure productivity remains the same with less FTEs. The workplace model will become more blended to form a mixed staff of full-time employees and contract workers, as many could see the lengths of their temporary contracts extended.

3. Big data analytics: Big data is an evolving term describing large amounts of information that can be used for analysis. Data comes at a real-time high velocity, in a wide array of forms, from social media posts to measured numbers. Big data can help staffing experts improve time-to-fill numbers, analyze interview-to-hire ratios, find better qualified candidates, as well as make advanced improvements to staffing agency database systems. Big data analytics is impacting industries across the board, and the staffing industry is no exception.

As we look ahead to 2015, there is no denying that constant changes in technology and government mandates will impact the staffing industry. Whether a need for contract workers leaves you with questions or mobile advancements require you change recruitment procedures, staffing agencies, like AtWork Group, can help. We know how to navigate these changes while staying current with new procedures, offering maximized service to your business.

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