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Ventura County Job TrendsIn the Wake of the Recession

Tracy Perez, Business Development Specialist

Express Employment Professionals

About Express

Express Employment Professionals

  • ISO certified – quality guarantee

  • SBA certified

  • Best of both worlds

    • Local ownership – service/continuity/care

    • Global resources – insurance/protection/services

  • 5A1 D&B Credit Rating – Highest Possible

  • Full service Comprehensive Employment & HR consulting service

  • Industry-leading associate benefits & programs

  • Industry-leading training & development programs

Express’ Purpose and Vision

  • Economic Development and Vitality for Ventura County

  • To help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many businesses as possible find good people


  • Staffing as Economic and Employment Indicator

  • Who are the job seekers?

  • What occupations are in demand?

  • Difficult Positions to fill

  • Effects of Long Term Unemployment

  • Match Making- The Flexibility Factor

Staffing as Economic and Employment Indicator

  • ASA (American Staffing Association) published report June 22 2009 confirmed staffing job trends serve as a coincident economic indicator

  • Staffing jobs ebb and flow concurrent with economic activity

  • Economy contracts = Staffing Jobs decline

  • Economy expands = Staffing jobs increase

What We’re Seeing

  • The job market is opening up from recession layoffs

  • Light Industrial production positions have increased substantially

  • Administrative support positions will be opening up

  • Currently employers are forced to combine administrative titles

Express Staff Growth

  • In 2009 we operated with 5 employees

  • In 2010 we hired 6 staff members to help sustain the increase in job orders

  • In the first quarter of 2011 we hired again bringing our total staff to 13

  • Just opened a new office in Thousand Oaks to support the East County

Ventura County Indicators

Our business indicators show economic growth year-to-date over last year:

Ventura County Indicators,continued

Client Mix by Number of Employees

Average client size: 65.64 employees

2011 Stats

  • 80% Light Industrial associates

  • 20% Administrative/Office Services associates

  • Average number of Express associates per client: 12.09

  • Average assignment length for 2011: 121.27 days

  • Average associate pay rate for 2011: $19.55 per hour

  • In the last 12 months, Express has put 846 people out to work at 70 Ventura County Businesses.

Light IndustrialAssociates Out Workingby Job Title11/1/2010 thru 5/1/2011

Clerical Associates Out Workingby Job Title

Ventura County Job Seekers

  • 75% Light Industrial with 1-3 years experience

  • 15% Seasonal Field Workers- packaging positions

  • 10% Office Services

  • Majority referred to us by associate

  • Recent College Grads- inquiring about any position even outside of their degree

  • Professionals whose long term unemployment is running out are now engaging

Ventura County Occupations in Demand

  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control

  • CNC machinists, operators, programmers

  • Sales Positions

  • Engineers

  • IT positions

  • Web Developers

  • Graphic Designers

  • Hybrid positions

Difficult to Fill Positions

  • Skill specific technical positions

  • Hybrid Positions

EmployabilitySkills and Values Employers Look For

  • Communication Skills (aural, verbal, written).

  • Analytical/Research Skills

  • Computer/Technical Literacy

  • Flexibility/Adaptability/Managing Multiple Priorities

  • Interpersonal Abilities

  • Leadership/Management Skills

  • Multicultural Sensitivity/Awareness

  • Planning/Organizing

  • Problem-Solving/Reasoning/Creativity

  • Teamwork

Long Term Unemployment

  • Increasing number of long-term unemployed workers.

  • The long-term unemployed tend to be especially hard to get back into jobs

  • Long term unemployed lack sense of urgency to enter back into the workforce

  • Long spells of unemployment cause much greater hardship than short spells

  • Can be associated with deterioration of skills, health and long-term falls in earnings

Match Making through Flexibility

Workers want it, businesses need it and it’s good for the economy of Ventura County

Staffing Employees: Workers

  • Staffing employees are motivated people who want to work.

  • Many employees with sought after expertise prefer to work with recruiters to find permanent jobs

  • Savvy Job Seekers understand the benefits of keeping their resumes updated and skills sharp

  • Productivity statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the typical full-time employee is only productive for 4.75 hours (39% lost time) in an 8-hour shift, while temporary workers looking for full time positions and wanting to impress employers produce for more than 6.5 hours per shift (18.75% lost time).


  • Companies are cautiously optimistic

  • Most common key challenge- FORECASTING production, sales, raw material to keep in stock and STAFFING needs.

  • Flexible staffing options eliminate this challenge.

  • Traditional Temporary, Evaluation Hire, Flexible Staffing and Direct Hire

  • Companies that embrace work force flexibility and engage staffing talent do better economically

  • A report from the US dept of labor supports this notion “employers that have flexibility in adjusting labor requirements to meet product and service demands have a competitive edge over those with less flexible human resource policies”

Example of Local Client Flexible Staffing

  • Camarillo Client- company was recently acquired, the new company reduced core staff and transitioned to flexible staffing

  • 17 manufacturing light industrial positions were created, a portion will turn permanent based on performance

  • Company business model includes maintaining at least 40% of workforce from flexible staffing

  • Production Managers state that associates are exceeding performance expectations and have improved quality and efficiencies


  • Businesses in Ventura County are hiring again – cautiously

  • Light industrial production biggest increase

  • Job Seekers are inquiring and open to any position

  • Skill specific and Hybrid positions most difficult

  • Long Term Unemployed – Double edge sord

  • Flexible Staffing is cost effective

Thank you!

Tracy Perez

[email protected]

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