Champion Services Adds Contract Staffing to Recruiting Solutions

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The recruiting consulting firm has updated its website to reflect its new service. Champion Services places contractors through the contract staffing back-office services of Top Echelon® Contracting, Inc.

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Companies have adopted a contract staffing philosophy. It makes sense for us to go in that direction.

In response to growing demand in the manufacturing industry that they serve, Champion Services has added contract staffing to its service offerings.

Champion Services, a Michigan-based recruiting consulting firm, focuses on the placement of engineers with suppliers, manufacturing companies, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Until now, they have only provided direct placement services, but Owner Patrick Patterson has noticed a shift in the industry toward contract staffing. In fact, he said he has seen statistics showing that contract staffing has increased in the manufacturing industry by 85%.

“Direct placements are not as common as they used to be,” Patterson said. “Companies have adopted a contract staffing philosophy. It makes sense for us to go in that direction.”

Specifically, companies are increasingly interested in contract-to-direct arrangements. This is particularly true in the mid-range engineering and machinist positions Champion Services places.

“It seems to me the reason there has been such an increase is there is more turnover in the mid-range,” he said. “You don’t know what you are going to get. Why risk a direct hire when you can try them out first?”

Champion Services places its contractors through the contract staffing back-office services of Top Echelon Contracting, Inc. (TEC). As the legal employer of the contractors, TEC handles all the legal, financial, and administrative details of the contract placements, including payroll funding and processing, timesheet collection, invoicing and collections, legal contracts with the clients and candidates, Workers’ Compensation, unemployment, contractor benefits, employment paperwork, and more.

You can learn more about Champion Services’ contract staffing services and Top Echelon Contracting by viewing the firm’s new contract staffing page and video at

The addition of contract staffing is just another way of providing value to the firm’s clients. Prior to establishing Champion Services, Patterson served nearly a decade as a Senior Retirement Consultant for Freedom One Financial Group, which allowed him to build long lasting relationships with over 200 automotive and manufacturing companies. As a hiring manager overseeing three departments, he became frustrated with the traditional recruiting process and recognized an opportunity to create a unique recruiting experience.

“I was on the opposite side of the fence,” Patterson said. “I worked with recruiting firms. A typical recruiter will send you over 10 candidates. What they don’t think about is the amount of time it takes the hiring manager to work through that. If we send three candidates and haven’t hit the mark, we re-meet with the client. The recruiting industry itself has gotten a bad rap. I read articles all the time about the industry, how it’s turn and burn industry, a necessary evil. My goal is to change that and make it about quality.”

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