Manufacturing leading local temp jobs

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Local staffing agencies have noticed a steady increase in the number of temporary employees being hired by manufacturers.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
Local staffing agencies have noticed a steady increase in the number of temporary employees being hired by manufacturers.

Many Augusta-based staffing agencies are finding that the greatest local demand for temporary workers falls within the industrial category.

“I think a lot of people are actually going temp,” said Isaac Kelly, a staffing specialist at Augusta Staffing Associates. “It could be a number things. It could be the market outlook, with Obamacare coming down the pipe. They could be looking at options of sharing some of that responsibility, but also it could be that business is good. The other half of the crowd is saying, ‘I don’t have time to focus on that right now. We’re so busy.’”

At Kelly’s staffing firm, companies focused on logistics, distribution and production have recorded the bulk of new hires, he said.

D-1 Staffing branch and human resources manager Kris Mcrae believes the local upswing in temporary industrial positions has been generated from similar operations floundering in surrounding towns.

“With the warehouses in the outlying areas like Millen and Waynesboro shutting down, they’re all coming here,” he said.

The D-1 Augusta branch handles employee placement only for the packing division at Kellogg’s Marvin Griffin Road plant, but more than 350 workers have been hired since January, which is higher than usual, Mcrae said.

At Acrux Staffing and Trojan Labor, which focuses on the construction and industrial segments, the trend is similar to other local staffing groups, said office manager Raymond Johnson.

While there have been more applicants than jobs this year in construction, manufacturing has remained stable, Johnson said.

“If you look across the manufacturing sector, it’s been very steady for almost three years,” said Randy Hatcher, president of MAU Workforce Solutions. “Most of the manufacturers have maintained their volumes over the last several years, which have been good. They are continuing to slightly grow their volumes. That is obviously creating jobs.”

Hatcher also attributes the growing demand for industrial workers to companies expanding their global reach.

“It used to be a lot of manufacturers around here shipped to North America,” Hatcher said. “But now the world is their market, and so it’s helped on a local level.”

The MAU agency deals primarily with manufacturing-related businesses but Hatcher said there are also opportunities in health care and medical services, call centers and administrative services.

On a national scale, the percentage of companies turning to temporary or contract workers is expected to slightly increase this year to 40 percent from 36 percent in 2012, according to CareerBuilder’s annual hiring forecast.

About 42 percent of those employers plan to transition temporary employees into permanent workers during the years.

“Temporary jobs are attractive to employees because a lot of times they want to go to work for a really large company, but getting your foot in the door is extremely difficult,” Hatcher said. “Often, it’s an opportunity for someone to pierce the corporate veil.”

Temporary job placements also can prove beneficial to employers by building experience and job skills while fleshing out resumes, he added.

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TrukinRanger 06/02/13 - 08:56 am
This article is misleading.

This article is misleading. They make it sound like people are purposely looking for "temporary" work. The way this actually works is that these manufacturing companies are too cheap to manage the additional work force and don't want to pay wages that should be standard. They also get out of paying for health insurance by outsourcing to these staffing services. You cannot get on-board with these manufacturers without working for the temp service. A close friend of mine moved to the Augusta area from out of state and all he knew was manufacturing. He had to go with one of the staffing services just to get his foot in the door with hopes of eventually being hired on permanently. Two years later it still has not happened. They also tell you at the last minute you're working over, or working the weekend to meet the company demands. You have no chance of making plans with your friends or family because they will not give you a schedule and stick to it. Some people say these staffing companies are providing an invaluable service- in my opinion it's a step away from slavery.

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