Healthcare Staff Recruitment Agencies in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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High unemployment during the recession slowed industry expansion, but the aging baby boomers and shortages of physicians have returned the industry to growth. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Healthcare Staff Recruitment Agencies industry to its growing industry report collection.

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As baby boomers in the health field retire, a shortage of labor has sparked demand for recruitment

IBISWorld estimates that revenue for the Healthcare Staff Recruitment Agencies industry has declined at an average rate of 2.5% per year to $14.0 billion in the five years to 2013. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Kevin Culbert, “The decline has come in spite of growth across the healthcare sector and shortages of healthcare personnel.” Industry demand suffered greatly in 2009 and 2010, when high unemployment wreaked havoc on recruitment agencies across the board. During those years, industry revenue fell an estimated 23.9% and 12.7%, respectively.

Because temp workers provided by this industry remain employees of their agencies, industry employment also declined significantly during 2009 and 2010. Consequently, IBISWorld estimates that industry employment has declined at an average rate of 0.9% annually to 203,276 in the five years to 2013. High unemployment has not only made it easier for hospitals and clinics to find suitable staff on their own, it has also forced industry operators to reduce prices, eating into profit margins. The trend of reducing prices was exacerbated by the Healthcare Staff Recruitment Agencies industry’s low market share concentration. “Because the industry is mainly made of up small-scale companies and nonemployers, price-based competition became essential to retain clients,” says Culbert.

Although the recession was tough on the industry, it has since experienced a rebound, including expected revenue growth of 5.8% in 2013. Over the next five years, continued growth in the healthcare sector, coupled with improvement in the labor market, will increase the rates that can be charged to clients. Furthermore, the number of adults aged 65 and older is forecast to increase at an average rate of 3.1% per year. The aging of the Baby Boomer generation will pose an important growth opportunity over the next five years because they will necessitate a greater number of healthcare professionals to compensate for their health needs.

At the same time, the industry will also benefit from a continuing personnel shortage of nurses and doctors. Many doctors belong to this generation, so it will fuel a personnel shortage as they retire, boosting demand for recruitment agencies. Hospitals and clinics that do not have enough staff will turn to recruitment agencies to fill their roster, especially as the healthcare sector grows. As a result of these factors, IBISWorld estimates that industry revenue will increase strongly in the five years to 2018. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Healthcare Staff Recruitment Agencies in the US industry report page.

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Healthcare staff recruitment agencies list employment vacancies for individuals that work to improve the well-being and social functioning capacity of others. These companies also refer and place applicants for employment. Individuals who are referred or placed are not employees of the agencies. While temp workers remain employees of the temp agency, temp agencies do not provide direct supervision of their employees at clients' work sites.

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