New York, NY (PRWEB) March 06, 2014
Operators in the Intern Recruitment Agencies industry help individuals attain internships to help with professional development. This includes maintaining a database of curricula vitae (CV) that employers can browse, providing CV development services, site advertising and training services. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Jeremy Edwards, “Over the past five years, this has become an increasingly important service as internships have become highly valuable to young professionals looking to enter the workforce.” Rising competition between current and recently graduated students has caused businesses to seek employees with work experience for entry-level jobs. As a result, demand for internships has risen as many students see it as the only way to build experience to then secure full-time work.
However, although demand for internships continued to be high, the onset of the recession precipitated plummeting corporate profit and business confidence. Consequently, businesses cut back their workforces to meet subdued demand, including the hiring of interns. The number of businesses in the United States also fell, which reduced the pool of demand for internships. The industry has since recovered as corporate profit increases and businesses have begun to expand once more, but the recession caused a temporary shock to industry operators. The online space is also providing room for growth, particularly for large online recruitment sites. Overall, the industry has grown an annualized 4.2% to $109.4 million over the five years to 2014. Revenue is projected to grow a further 3.0% in 2014 as businesses expand and take on new interns.
Over the next five years, the industry is expected to grow in line with the overall economy because it relies on overall business growth and confidence. “Demand for internships is expected to remain high, but the industry will be constrained by the number of businesses hiring,” says Edwards. Furthermore, the industry is expected to see more regulatory vigilance following concerns regarding the exploitation of interns and their pay structure. This will also be exacerbated by a rising minimum wage over the next three years. Therefore, the industry is forecast to grow over the five years to 2019.
The Intern Recruitment Agencies industry has a low level of market share concentration. The industry is composed largely of small-size players that provide employment services through regionally based job placement services or through online job listings. Industry concentration decreased over the five years to 2014, with the total number of industry enterprises increasing from 124 to 132 over the period. There has, however, been some degree of consolidation among the industry's largest players. Monster Worldwide acquired Yahoo's HotJobs online job search website in 2010, while foreign companies Adecco and Randstad have ramped up aggressive merger and acquisition activity over the past five years.
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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics
This Intern Recruitment Agencies industry comprises establishments that primarily list internship opportunities and maintain databases of curricula vitae (CV) that employers can search. Some companies offer tools to directly communicate with potential interns through their website. Industry services also include CV and career development services.
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