Employment up, ASA Staffing Index confirms
That week is the same one used in the March monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on April 4.
Temporary and contract staffing employment increased 1.18% from the prior week.
All U.S. staffing firms are invited to participate in the ASA Staffing Index survey. There are no fees for participation, and the survey takes only a couple of minutes each week to complete. Participants receive three emails per week: an invitation sent Thursday night to complete the survey by Monday evening, a Monday morning reminder, and a report on the weekly results (usually sent Tuesday morning).
The baseline value for the ASA Staffing Index was set at 100 in June 2006.
Results are reported typically nine days after the close of the work week.
The methodology mirrors that of the quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey, based on a model developed by Standard and Poor's DRI/McGraw Hill in 1992.
Data for the index are gathered by ASA research partner Inavero, a market research firm based in Portland, OR. Data are obtained through a secure Web-based questionnaire accessed via a customized invitation email sent to participants.
Participants receive a weekly email report on the survey results, which includes performance based on company size in four annual sales categories: less than $7.5 million, $7.5–$25 million, $25–$100 million, and more than $100 million.