The Canadian Staffing Index was 90 in December. The Canadian Staffing Index reflects the volume of demand for temporary staffing in Canada. It is based upon the number of billed hours reported by a monthly panel of leading staffing firms, and the index is not adjusted for seasonal factors. The index value of 100 corresponds to the size of the industry in July 2008, when the index began.
“The index was sharply lower in December signifying lower total volume of business, especially since the number of working days in the month was the same compared to a year ago,” says Timothy Landhuis, research director at Staffing Industry Analysts. “The lower index could be indicative of weaker macroeconomic conditions or could be the result of pullbacks specific to the firms reflected in the index.”
The Canadian Staffing Index measures the hours of labour performed by a sampling of temporary and contract staffing in the staffing industry. The data collected is the largest sample size done in Canada provided by a number of Canadian staffing companies and accounts for approximately one third of total staffing industry sales. To preserve confidentiality the data is collected by Staffing Industry Analysts www.staffingindustry.com; an independent company specialized in staffing industry statistics. Data is available for the months starting July 2008 (the benchmark month) to the current month.
In review of similar Index research from the USA, many experts agree staffing industry employment data serves as an economic indicator. Historically, temporary employment improves as overtime hours increase and as unemployment claims decrease. This means the Index can provide a "near real time" indication of how the Canadian economy is performing.
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