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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.

What is a staffing agency? El Paso, Tx

by Amy White

Unless you’ve worked for a staffing agency you probably have no idea how getting a job with a staffing agency even works. In some respects, it’s no different from any other job. But in other ways it’s important you know what you’re getting yourself into. The best way to make yourself feel more comfortable about applying for a job with a staffing company is to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible.

How do staffing agencies find jobs?
When employers have an open position and doesn’t have the time or resources to recruit and employ their employees on a full-time basis, they often turn to staffing companies to fill those jobs. Staffing agencies often fill a particular type of work or industry (day-labor, warehouse, administrative, etc.) so an employer may work with one or multiple staffing companies depending on the variety of work functions within the company.

How do staffing agencies work?
Once a staffing agency is notified by an employer that a job is available, it begins actively recruiting to fill the position. The process has three basic steps:

Posting: If the agency does not have an employee on record who is a good fit for the position, it can advertise the position in the places job seekers are most likely to search. Staffing agencies may post the job on their own website or on sites like Snagajob to reach a wider audience.

Application: Once they receive applications for open positions, they follow much of the same process as any other employer. Staffing agencies will contact candidates who meet their requirements, then interview and screen (background and drug tests) to their client’s (the employer’s) specifications.

Hiring: If you find yourself in the lucky position of being the best candidate for the job, you’ll be hired by the staffing agency, not the employer (the only exception to this is a “direct hire” position, which you can read about below). Your paycheck and your benefits (if offered) will be issued from the staffing agency, but the length of your employment is determined by the employer.

What kinds of jobs do staffing agencies have?
As it turns out, not all staffing jobs are the same. Clients (your future employer) have different needs depending on the positions they’re trying to fill, so it’s important to know exactly what type of job you’ll have when you get your assignment. These are the three major types of jobs offered by staffing agencies:

Temporary: With a temporary job, you will typically know the start and end date of your assignment up front. These will sometimes change in the middle of a job (usually longer rather than shorter), but if you’re looking for a steady routine, this probably isn’t the kind of job for you.

Temporary-to-permanent (temp-to-perm): Lots of people take staffing agency jobs hoping they’ll be temp-to-perm or temp-to-hire. Temp-to-perm jobs are a way for an employer to gauge your ability to work for the company on a regular full-time basis.

Permanent (direct hire): For permanent positions the staffing agency acts as a recruiter by screening and hiring candidates for regular positions. Employees are then hired directly by the employer.


How Does an Employment Agency Work? El Paso, Tx

By Amber Keefer

Working With Employers and Applicants
An employment agency works with employers and prospective employees, trying to match an individual’s job skills with an employer’s requirements for a specific job position. In many cases, employment agencies actually act as outsourced Human Resources departments. When the agency places a qualified employee with an employer, the agency receives a commission for the services, which it has provided. But in order to successfully place qualified candidates with employers, an employment agency must foster a good working relationship with job seekers and employers both. To do so, the agency must interact with each of its clients to gain a clear idea of an applicant’s qualifications, skills, and special interests. The agency also must understand an employer’s needs, requirements, and expectations for a particular position it is seeking to fill.

Screening Potential Applicants
Job-hunting can be a tedious and time-consuming task for someone seeking a new employment opportunity. The greatest challenge is where to look for new job opportunities. Filling available positions can be an equal challenge to an employer. Again, the question is where to begin looking for qualified and reliable employees. An employment agency does the initial footwork for recruiting, bringing potential candidates and employers together, saving time for everyone. Employment agencies conduct those first interviews and background checks, eliminating any candidates who do not qualify for current vacancies, which must be filled. During this screening process, an employment agency also helps job seekers to determine what kind of job might best match their abilities and experience, offering opportunities for both temporary and long-term employment, ranging from entry-level to middle-management positions. An employment agency may be thought of as combining career counseling with placement services.

Fees/Rates Charged
Employers pay the fees charged by employment agencies because it saves them time and work. No fee is paid until an applicant is hired for the position, and the agency places the applicant on the job. In many cases, during the probationary period, an employee actually is on the payroll of the temporary employment agency. The fee charged an employer by the agency includes the employee’s hourly rate, payroll taxes deducted, workman’s compensation insurance, and any other costs associated with processing the payroll (e.g. man hours). Some employment agencies now offer employers reduced fees or discounted rates if guaranteed a certain number of positions to fill. If a candidate is offered a permanent position with the employer, the employer generally pays a fee based on a percentage of the annual salary of the position being filled. However, some employment agencies charge applicants a fee for job training programs, which they offer, as well as helping them to compose a resume or prepare for a job interview.


RMPersonnel is ranked #162 on Hispanic Business Magazine’s 2011 Top 500 List

In July, 2012, RMPersonnel, Inc. was once again recognized by the Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the largest U.S. Hispanic owned companies.  Twenty-two El Paso/Las Cruces borderland businesses were also included in the list this year.

The city of El Paso led Texas in the number of emergence of Successful Hispanic Owned Businesses according to Hispanic Business Magazine.  The twenty-two borderland businesses in the list make valuable contributions to our area. Collectively, the companies provide employment to 4,365 people with an estimated economic impact of $1.4 trillion.

Among the largest cities in Texas, El Paso pulled ahead with twenty one recognized companies, while Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas followed. Last year only eight El Paso companies were featured and today with twenty-two it shows the borderland’s growth. In Texas, there were a total of 90 companies that were recognized.

Women run businesses, such as Ceci Miles-Mulvihill of RMPersonnel, are strongly represented on this list which reflects the national growing trend of Hispanic women entrepreneurs in the United States, and more importantly the strong Hispanic women in our borderland.

Below is the complete list of El Paso companies and their ranking:

– Fred Loya Insurance (#19)

– JACO General Contractors (#70)

– Bravo Southwest LP (#121)

– R.M. Personnel Inc. (#163)

– Human Capital International (#208)

– dmDickason Personnel Services(#211)

– Pro Auto Dealers Inc. (#291)

– Miratek Corp. (#294)

– Mike Garcia Merchant Security LLC (#346)

– LGA Trucking (#399)

– MFH Environmental Corp (#411)

– ENCON International Inc. (#422)

– Five Star Automatic Fire Protection LLC (#438)

– American Packaging and Supply Co Inc. (#452)

– Milvian Solutions LLC (#457)

– Arrow Discount Automotive Inc. (#466)

– Servpro of West El Paso (#466)

– Dynatec Scientific Laboratories Inc. (#472)

– H.G. Arias & Associates LP (#477)

– Paul Meza CPA Firm (#488)

– The Saucedo Co. (#492)

– Zia Engineering & Environmental Consultants LLC (#325)  (Las Cruces)


RMPersonnel is ranked #162 on Hispanic Business Magazine’s 2011 Top 500 List

What is a Staffing Agency? El Paso, Tx & Laredo

When there is a need for qualified personnel to fill a position immediately, a staffing agency is a great resource for just about any type of company. Essentially, a staffing agency is a service that matches the labor needs of their corporate clients with individuals who have the skill sets necessary to meet those needs. Here is some information about how staffing agencies work, and why they can save a company a great deal of money.

The typical staffing agency will operate with a focus on particular sectors of the job market. As an example, a staffing agency may choose to focus on providing day laborers for manufacturing or food service positions. In other cases, the staffing agency may choose to focus on providing quality clerical personnel for various types of office work. In still other cases, the personnel agency may direct their energies toward providing corporate clients with executive and managerial personnel. Some larger personnel agencies choose to create divisions, with each division focusing on a different sector of the job market.

A staffing agency also usually focuses on providing either personnel for a short time or permanent placement. The short term personnel support is ideal for companies that may need some extra help for a three to six month period, while permanent placement staffing is a great way to find the right people without the company having to use a lot of resources in the hunt. Either way, the staffing agency provides access to a pool of talent that the corporate client probably would not have been able to access.

The staffing agency can be advantageous for several reasons. First, temporary help through a staffing agency does not require going through the hiring process. The company does not have to set up tax forms, with hold taxes or extend any benefits to the temporary personnel. All that is done through the staffing agency. This simplifies the process a great deal for the corporation. While it is true that the company may pay a slightly higher rate per hour for the agency temp, the overall cost remains much lower than bringing on an employee for a short time.

Second, people who enjoy the challenge of working in different companies find that working for a staffing agency is ideal. There is always somewhere new to go and new challenges of ways to apply skill sets. The staffing agency provides a steady source of income, and the change in assignments from time to time helps to keep the task of working new and refreshing.

Third, a staffing agency will do all the legwork in finding the right employee. This can really save the company a lot of money when the need is for a new executive or manager. Since most staffing agencies maintain a comprehensive list of prospects, the chances of having the right person in the permanent position may take days rather than weeks or months.


2013 begins with layoffs, but healthy El Paso job market is expected

By Vic Kolenc \ El Paso Times

El Paso’s job market got a jolt in recent days when two large El Paso employers announced plans to lay off almost 500 workers this year and next year.

Despite that bit of bad news, economists and employment experts expect a fairly healthy El Paso job market this year with some modest job gains, and a rate of job growth projected to be slightly better than the national rate.
Two of El Paso’s larger employers — high-tech giants Hewlett-Packard and Automatic Data Processing — increased their workforces last year, and they plan to hire more people this year.

However, Leviton Manufacturing announced last week that it would close its West Side factory and lay off more than 300 people, and on Jan. 10, Boeing announced it would cut its Northeast El Paso factory operations in half, and lay off about 160 workers by the end of 2014.

Economist Roberto Coronado, who oversees the El Paso branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, said he expects El Paso to add 5,000 to 6,000 jobs this year — better than last year.

Data released Friday show El Paso’s rate of job growth in 2012 was around 1.3 percent, when seasonally adjusted, which is near the historical annual average of 1.4 percent, Coronado said. Those data could be revised later, he noted.

“If we compare the local labor market to the national labor market, you see El Paso has actually outperformed the national economy by far” during the recession and during the post-recession recovery period, Coronado reported at the Border Economic Forum at UTEP last week. “Today, El Paso has 2.6 percent more jobs than back in 2007 (when the recession began), while the U.S. is still struggling to gain back jobs. The U.S. is down almost 3 percent” in the number of jobs since late 2007, he said.

Tom Fullerton, an economics professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, said, “Both Texas and El Paso should observe fairly healthy job growth this year. But given the policy disagreements (in Washington and Austin), it probably will be a choppier growth record than would otherwise be the case.”
He expects El Paso to add about 7,000 jobs this year and to have a job growth rate around 1.9 percent.
El Paso’s unemployment rate remains well above the state and national rates. It increased in December to 8.9 percent, compared with 8.5 percent in November, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas reported Friday. El Paso had an estimated 27,500 people unemployed and actively seeking jobs in December, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

Lorenzo Reyes, CEO of Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande, last week characterized the El Paso job market as stable. He said he expects some employment growth this year, especially in the retail industry.
“Some businesses will be opening, especially in retail and restaurants. With the Fountains at Farah (shopping center) opening in the fall, there will be some additional employment opportunities there. Unfortunately it’s in one industry, and we’d like to see growth in other areas — in manufacturing, in high-skilled jobs,” such as those being added by HP and ADP, he said.

Automatic Data Processing, or ADP, a Fortune 500 company based in New Jersey, last month announced it would add 585 jobs in El Paso from 2013 through 2017, and eventually spend about $21 million to build and equip an additional El Paso facility, probably next to its client-solution center on the West Side.

Terry McGreehan, general manager of ADP’s West Side center, said ADP expects to hire 75 to 100 people in El Paso this year. It currently has about 40 openings, he reported last week.

ADP now employs about 1,100 people at its main facility at 1854 N. Resler in the Northwest Corporate industrial park, and in the 100 N. Stanton Tower Downtown. The employees provide payroll and human resources services to business customers nationwide, and provide auto-dealer-related services. The jobs involve complex business matters, and usually require a college degree.

California based Hewlett-Packard, or HP, another Fortune 500 company, last summer completed expansion of its El Paso software applications and development center in the Northwest Corporate industrial park.
The company employs several hundred technology professionals in El Paso, but it did not divulge its local employment numbers.

Since 2011, HP has hired more than 260 people here, El Paso Times reports show, and HP officials have said the company will continue hiring in El Paso this year.

Early this month, it held a job fair to fill 50 jobs, including software developers, testers, project managers and data analysts. The jobs typically require a bachelor’s degree, or a technical degree, and experience in software-related jobs.

El Paso’s large call center industry usually has many job openings throughout the year. For example, the Dish Network, a provider of satellite TV service, plans to hire about 100 call-takers in the next two to three months at its large call center at 1285 Joe Battle on the East Side, said Aaron Johnson, a Dish spokesman at its Denver-area headquarters.

“We’re looking for people throughout the year,” because the large center always has job turnover, Johnson said.
It looks for bilingual people fluent in English and Spanish, and English speakers for the jobs, which are open to anyone age 18 and older and with a high school diploma or equivalent, he said.

“We train employees” so experience in a call center is not required, Johnson said.

Dish recently increased its starting wage to $10 and $10.50 per hour, with the higher wage for bilingual workers, he said.

The El Paso construction industry has job openings due to some large construction projects under way and more planned. Fullerton, the UTEP economics professor, said the construction industry should be an “ongoing source of strength” in El Paso’s job market this year.

About 200 people showed up Friday at a construction industry job fair at Workforce Solutions’ Downtown office. Only two companies, with only about 25 to 45 jobs, were represented at the fair, a Workforce Solutions official reported.

CF Jordan, a large El Paso general contractor, had only four jobs available at the fair. But it probably will have more jobs open later this year when it’s expected to start construction of a new minor-league baseball stadium Downtown, and start a major landscaping project at UTEP, said Bea Sanchez, human resources manager at CF Jordan’s El Paso headquarters. The company employs about 500 people in Texas, including about 280 people in El Paso.

“We’re always on the lookout for good people, and we’re always accepting applications,” Sanchez said. “We’re always looking for project managers, superintendents” and some field workers — concrete finishers, carpenters and laborers, she said.

SolarCity, a California solar-installation company, is in the process of hiring about solar-panel installers and other workers for a large project at Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range.

Ceci Miles Mulvihill, president of RMPersonnel, an El Paso employee staffing agency, said that despite the recent Leviton layoffs, El Paso’s distribution and manufacturing industries continue to have many openings for temporary workers. Many temp jobs are open for forklift operators, and manufacturing machine operators, she said. RMPersonnel employed an average of 900 temporary workers each month last year.

“The market (for temp workers) is more robust for us now, than last year at this time,” Miles Mulvihill said. Some of the temp jobs turn into permanent jobs, she noted.

Vic Kolenc may be reached at, 546-6421. Follow him on Twitter @vickolenc

Why Use A Staffing Agency? El Paso, Tx & Laredo

Most businesses can use an extra set of hands to handle a big project or a new surge in business. But most are also reluctant to hire full-time staff. A staffing agency can provide temporary employees to help with a wide variety of business tasks. Working closely with the staffing agency, a hiring manager can ensure that temporary workers possess the needed skills, education and experience to meet the needs of the company.
Improve Productivity
Bringing in temporary workers to handle work overload can prevent employee burnout of full-time staff. When work schedules are overloaded, employees can quickly become unmotivated and overwhelmed. This can increase mistakes made as well as decrease productivity. Increased absenteeism is often a side effect when this occurs. By bringing in temporary staff to handle the extra work load, full-time employees can continue to focus on their main job tasks while maintaining their productivity.
Try Before You Buy
Temporary employees give the business a chance to try out an employee before making a permanent offer of employment. In some cases, a person may have the experience and education for a job but simply does not mesh well with the business environment. Having the opportunity to have the person work on a temporary basis first gives the business a chance to evaluate how the person will fit in with the corporate culture and other employees. It also provides time to identify any weaknesses that would not typically be evident in the interview process.
Decrease Costs
Temporary staff persons are employed by the staffing agency, not the business that is using their services. This can decrease the overall costs of the employee as the business does not have to provide benefits to a temporary staff member. In addition, bringing in temporary staff may reduce other overhead costs such as overtime for regular, full-time employees. While the per-hour cost may be more than the per-hour cost of a full-time employee, temporary staff can be used as needed without a commitment of a 40-hour workweek regardless of if the work exists to support it.
Avoid Unemployment Claims
Because the temporary staff person is an employee of the staffing agency and not the business, there is no concern about the person filing for unemployment when their services are no longer needed by the business. This can also reduce overall operating costs for the business as the unemployment claims rate of the business will not be raised due to letting go of temporary staff. Human resources costs may also decrease as managers will not be spending multiple hours dealing with unemployment claims and the Department of Labor.
Increase Flexibility
Temporary employees allow businesses to use staff as needed. Temporary employees can be brought in to cover the vacation of an employee or maternity leave. Many staffing agencies can provide employees in a wide variety of disciplines to meet all of the needs of the business. The business then has the flexibility to use the services of the temporary staff as needed, whether it is a few hours a week or on a full-time basis. Using a staffing agency can avoid the permanent commitment that a full-time employee requires, saving both time and money.