The Cycles of Hiring

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The expertise behind the cyclical nature of temporary, permanent and industry-specific hiring

 Sometimes you can be too close to a current circumstance to get the larger picture.

That’s especially the case when you’re a job seeker or a company looking to hire someone to fill a crucial role. It’s hard to realize that today’s reality might not be tomorrow’s.

Which is why having someone who knows the larger picture can be a great advantage.

At Frontline Source Group, we’ve been watching the hiring weather-map for over ten years. We’ve learned a great deal about the cyclical nature of the way the hiring winds blow.


The recession/recovery cycle

The state of the economy has a major effect on hiring cycles. When the economy is down, unemployment rises. Companies have a greater pool of eager candidates who will jump at opportunities and not be picky. When the economy is humming, unemployment is down. Companies have a harder time finding qualified employees, and candidates often enjoy multiple offers, each with higher bids.


The temporary vs. permanent cycle

Recession and recovery affects the temp versus permanent hire-cycle. When we go into a recession, more people are on the bench due to layoffs. Direct-hire business drops and temporary hiring increases. During recovery, qualified temps or temp-to hires are less available, and direct hires rise.


The rise and fall of salaries

 Salaries fluctuate based on the state of the economy as well. During a recession, when the talent pool is more available (and hungrier), wages tend to drop. During recovery, direct hires find salaries and benefits higher. This is something companies don’t always fully grasp; they are frequently surprised at just how off they are in their salary offers. Frontline has been at the forefront of helping them get the right picture by providing a proprietary, Supply and Demand Report that objectively clarifies appropriate, salary expectations.


Industry specific trends

Beyond the general cycles, it’s possible to point to some long-term, industry-specific trends:


Accounting and Finance

After 9/11, there was a slow-down in high-end training. Now, these fields are very hot. People coming out of college with accounting degrees often have multiple, job offers before they even graduate.

IT ­ 

Information technology remains very strong. Qualified candidates can earn very strong incomes and find companies bidding for their services.


You might think that with lowering energy prices, hiring would go down. Quite the opposite. Energy continues to boom, including alternative types. Also, firms anticipate retirement of many, older employees and are bracing to replace them.


Frontline takes a very active role in educating our clients, whether they are job seekers or companies looking to hire. With our long view of the industry and extensive experience, we’re in a prime position to see which way the hiring winds are blowing and which way they will likely blow.

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Bill Kasko

Bill Kasko is President and CEO of Frontline Source Group, Inc which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Bill founded Frontline in 2004 and provides both temporary and direct placements for Technical Services, IT, Accounting/Finance, Oil and Gas Energy, HR, Medical and Administrative/Clerical positions. The company has grown from the original location in Dallas to over 24 regional locations throughout Texas, Tennessee, Colorado, Oklahoma and Arizona. In 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 The Dallas Business Journal named Frontline Source Group the #1 Best Small Company to Work for in Dallas Fort Worth. Dallas Morning News Top 100 Places to work in 2014. Frontline made the list for the Inc. 500 in 2013 and Inc. 5000 in 2014 and 2015. The only staffing agency in the US to be awarded the #1 Best Staffing Firm to Work for by the Staffing Industry Analysts two years in a row: 2014 & 2015. The SMU School of Business awarded the company with the Dallas 100 award for being one of the fastest growing companies in Dallas Fort Worth in 2008, 2009 and again in 2013. At the 2008 American Staffing Association Staffing World convention in San Diego, Frontline was honored as the leader in marketing communications for staffing agencies throughout the United States and received the 2008 ASA Staffing Voice Award for Excellence. Best of Staffing Client and Talent 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, presented by and Inavero based on reviews from Clients and Candidates. Bill also hosted the first all Employment Talk radio show weekly on CBS radio in Dallas. Prior to starting Frontline Source Group, Bill was the IT Division Director with Robert Half International and Sapphire Technologies.

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