Thirty-five percent of American companies are maintaining a smaller work force than before the recession, and in an effort to remain competitive, 36 percent of employers are expected to use staffing and recruiting companies to hire temporary workers in 2012.

This figure has grown from 34 percent for 2011, 30 percent for 2010 and 28 percent for 2009. Among the respondents planning to hire temporary or contract workers in 2012, 35 percent expect to hire them on a permanent basis. Twenty-seven percent of respondents plan to hire temporary or contract workers in the first quarter of 2012. 

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