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Temporary Staffing or Temp to Hire Employees RMPersonnel El Paso, Tx

Many small and medium sized companies recognize the benefit of the co-employer arrangement offered through Professional Employer Organization (PEO) services. RMPersonnel is licensed as a PEO (also known as staff leasing) in many states. Licensing insures that we have the integrity and financial resources to fulfill our commitment to you.



The client company enters into an agreement with a PEO to establish a three-way relationship between the PEO, client company and the employees. This now becomes a co-employment arrangement. This allows for the PEO to provide you with the following:

PEO role:

Human Resources Management Assistance, Employee Benefits – to include Group Medical Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, Safety Training, Risk Management and Payroll functions are outsourced to RMPersonnel.

What it means to you:

Saves time and allows you the opportunity to build your business.

No need to keep up with tax compliance laws (we do it for you!).

Unemployment claims are managed by RMP.

We audit and review worker compensation claims as well as maintain contact with the employee, medical providers and the insurance company.

Employees are eligible for OUR group benefits, including medical insurance and 401k retirement savings plan.

Safer work environment for your employees with reduced risk and exposure to liability.

We work with you to return injured employees to work faster through a light duty program if approved by the attending physician.

Improved cash flow! No year-end premium audit is needed for workers’ comp because your expense is billed for the same amount every month.

Client role:

Growing your business

Management of operations

Contact us for more information at 915-565-7674 or toll-free at 866-333-7176.



“If unemployment’s high, why are jobs vacant?” RMPersonnel El Paso, Tx

By Robert Gray El Paso Inc. staff writer

El Paso staffing agency Integrated Human Capital has many job openings and finds some incredibly hard to fill.

T&T Staff Management says it has to reach out to 50 people to get five to show up for an interview.

Some workers who do accept a job then quickly leave the position, says RMPersonnel Inc.

Even as joblessness remains high in El Paso, 10.2 percent in October, a surprising number of local staffing agencies report they can’t find workers to fill a good number of positions.

It’s “really goofy” says Amber Vargas, human resources manager at RMPersonnel, headquartered in El Paso. She has worked at the staffing agency for 14 years.

The agencies say there are many reasons. Workers have less motivation to work as unemployment benefits have been extended, they say.

Also, many workers aren’t qualified to fill positions that have become increasingly technical in nature and require skill sets that El Paso’s workforce hasn’t had historically.

“You have people who refuse the job and don’t show up for interviews,” says Hector Enriquez, business development executive at T &T Staff Management headquartered in El Paso. The agency has 500 clients that generate about $200 million in payroll annually.

Some of those refusing job offers are workers who are passing up less desirable job offers in hopes of finding “the perfect job” Enriquez says.

In general, job seekers have become more optimistic, especially after recent reports that the U.S. unemployment rate fell in November to its lowest level in 32 months, and the number willing to settle on a job has declined further.

“How about the fact that there is hope out there? The labor force has hope in the fact that the economy will turn around, so you might not go for that $19.50 an hour job and hold out for a better salary,” Enriquez says.

A nationwide survey of laid-off workers suggests those holding out for “the perfect job” are in the minority.

The survey, published last month by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, found that 80 percent of respondents who receive unemployment benefits are willing to take a cut in pay in order to get a new job.

Jobless benefits

Executives with El Paso staffing agencies say the extension of unemployment benefits has also made it harder to fill positions. Workers that collect unemployment benefits are less likely to take whatever job comes along, they say.

The Texas Workforce Commission recently announced that unemployment benefits in Texas will be extended, effective Sunday (Dec. 11). That means the unemployed in Texas can receive support for up to 99 weeks, 26 at the state level and the rest at the federal level.

The benefits from the federal government are set to expire at the end of the year and more than 5,500 El Pasoans stand to lose the benefit if they are not extended by Congress, an El Paso Inc. analysis of Texas Workforce Commission data show.

The increase in unemployment benefit claims since the economy slid into recession in 2008 has strained the Texas Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, which has led to higher unemployment taxes.

As a result, Vargas with RMPersonnel says they have had to raise the fees they charge some of their clients, which makes it harder to compete with the very large national staffing agencies that can better absorb the costs.

The trend has turned recently, and overall, the number of unemployment claims in El Paso County has declined since 2010, dropping from 14,072 in 2010 to 13,398 this year.

The unemployment tax will also drop slightly for many Texas employers next year, although it remains much higher than pre recession levels, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Misaligned skills

Rosa Santana, CEO and owner of Integrated Human Capital, says there is another reason it’s hard to fill some positions at the same time that unemployment has remained high.

A long-time effort to increase salaries in El Paso by growing a healthcare industry here and attracting companies with skilled jobs is paying off, and the El Paso economy is transforming, Santana says. But the local workforce hasn’t kept up with the needs, she says.

That has created a glut of jobs that workers here aren’t qualified for.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of people to present to clients to fill those needs,” Santana says. She has worked in El Paso’s staffing industry for 30 years.

“We are moving to a very different base of jobs that El Paso will have in the future,” she adds.

All of the staffing agencies interviewed for this article agreed the positions that are hardest to fill in El Paso are those related to the healthcare industry, and some of the positions that are more technical in nature.

“Today, we do need to look at the quality of the workforce. We need to encourage the education of the workforce,” Enriquez says.


In El Paso, the jobless rate fell slightly to 10.2 percent in October, from 10.5 percent the month before. That compares to a Texas jobless rate of 8.4 percent in October.

But the decline in the jobless rate in El Paso is not necessarily good news, says Raul Muñoz, a labor market analyst with Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande.

As the jobless rate fell, employers shed 1,200 jobs, suggesting some job seekers in El Paso have become discouraged and dropped out of the job market altogether, according to Muñoz.

The November numbers for El Paso aren’t due out until next Friday, but, nationally, the U.S. jobless rate dipped to 8.6 percent in November, the lowest level since the economic slide in March 2009.

How to Choose a Staffing Service El Paso, Tx

Are you looking for a staffing service in El Paso? Find out how to choose the right one for your business.

Any company is only as good as its employees. This applies everywhere in your company, from your top executives to the people in the mail room. Because your employees are vital to your business, you need the right staffing services to make sure you get the right people on board.

Whatever position you need to fill, there’s a staffing service that can do it. Temporary staffing services can provide flexible staffing that will work as long as you need them to-from a few days to a few months. Temp-to-hire agencies will send you temporary employees with the option of becoming a full-time worker- if the relationship works out.

Some staffing services provide high-level executives, some specialize in a certain skill sets (like graphic designers or computer programmers), and some concentrate on specific industries. There are staffing services available for accounting, HR staffing, IT staffing, medical and healthcare staffing, scientific staffing, etc. Whatever your staffing needs may be, here are a few questions to ask to ensure you are hiring the right staffing firm for your company:

Is the firm able to fill the position I’m looking for?
Because many firms specialize these days, its important to know if the firm you are considering can fill the position you are looking for. If you are looking for a very specialized employee-someone with nursing skills, certain technical knowledge, or certain creative experience, for example-it can sometimes be better to hire a firm that specializes in placing this type of employee. Specialized firms sometimes attract more highly qualified workers than general staffing firms.

What are the firms pay rate and benefit packages?
Because the employee is officially working for the staffing firm, its the firm who will be determining his or her wages and benefits. Make sure they offer good compensation and benefits packages. The better their compensation, the higher caliber of workers they’ll attract.

Has the firm worked in my industry before?
In general, it is better to find a firm with experience staffing companies like yours. Some staffing firms specialize in certain industries, and these firms may have a better understanding of what your company needs in its employees than a firm with a more general focus.

“It isn’t the hours you put in your work that count; it is the work you put in the hours.”

Are they more focused on quality or quantity?
Some staffing services will spend time and effort narrowing down their candidates to find the perfect fit. Others will throw every qualified resume your way, in the hopes that one will stick. Most businesses prefer quality over quantity, depending on the position to be filled-although some prefer lots of options. Talk to the staffing services you are considering and make sure their selection process works for your company.

Can they provide references?
Ask for references-preferably in your industry-and make sure you give them a call before you take the final step in hiring a staffing agency. An outside opinion from someone who has worked with the agency before can make all the difference in your hiring decisions.

How do they qualify applicants?
Many staffing services will test their applicants to determine which skills they have. Make sure the tests they use do a thorough job of attracting prospective employees for the skills you are looking for.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy- to everyone but his employer.”

How do they charge?
Some agencies charge placement fees while others charge a certain percentage of the employees wages. For example, if you pay the staffing agency $15 per hour for the employee, the agency might take $7.50 per hour, and give $7.50 to the employee.

Hiring the right staffing firm can make a big impact on your company-it is not a decision to be made quickly. Don’t wait until your staffing needs are urgent to check out the agencies available before selecting one to work with. Give yourself some time and ask the right questions, and you are sure to find the right staffing agency for your business.

RMPersonnel Does It All El Paso, Tx

RMPersonnel (RMP) is an employment agency that provides a variety of services to fit the need of any employer. RMPersonnel is a full service company specializing in the following areas:

Temporary Workers
When a clerical staff member is out on vacation, sick leave or other planned or unplanned absence, we can provide capable, temporary replacements. We screen and test skill levels of our temps so your office will continue to function smoothly with as little interruption as possible.

If you need to find a permanent replacement, we’ll do that, too. RMPersonnel. will provide a temporary and, if you feel they are a fit for your organization, you have the option of hiring them as a permanent employee.

PEO (Professional Employer Organization)
We are a state licensed PEO that provides integrated business services to more cost effectively manage critical human resource responsibilities and employer risks for its clients. As a PEO, we deliver these services by establishing and maintaining an employment relationship with your staff. RMPersonnel contractually assumes a co-employment arrangement with you whereby we handle payroll, employment taxes, benefits plans and other HR functions. This frees you up to focus on your business.

Executive Recruiting
Our experienced recruiters find qualified professionals with the track record of success you require. This service is highly confidential and our placements are guaranteed.

Human Resource Consulting
Is your benefits program cost effective? Worker’s Comp got you down? Worried how PPACA (Obamacare) will affect your business? Our customized HR Consulting has the expertise to handle these challenges & more.