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What is alternative staffing?

Alternative staffing enterprises deliver competitive staffing services that connect employers with qualified, motivated talent while supporting thousands of marginalized job seekers to enter the labor market and achieve their employment goals.

Value to Employers

Employers cite four reasons they prefer using alternative staffing suppliers: better understanding of their business needs and priorities, higher quality screening and matching, greater responsiveness, and worker supports that improve performance and reliability.

Opportunities for Job Seekers

Temporary staffing is the fastest growing segment of the workforce and a key pathway to employment. Temporary placements offer job seekers a way to build their resume, develop skills and self confidence, and demonstrate their reliability and value to potential employers

Returns to Funders

Alternative Staffing Organizations (ASOs) leverage foundation and government grants with fee revenues from employers, lowering the cost to serve job seekers compared with other transitional employment.

for ASO 

Read our Introductory Guide and let us introduce you to practitioners serving similar job seekers. Join the Alliance to access benchmarking data, sales webinars, operating tools, and other business development resources. Read More


Member enterprises use creative solutions to stabilize workers' housing

Stable housing improves job retention, supports workers' health and well-being.

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New reports make strong case for hiring jobseekers with criminal records

Evidence aims to dispel misperceptions, help employers make informed hiring decisions.

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Employers see value of skills-based hiring but struggle to implement

Alternative staffing operators can help employers source, screen, coach and train non-degreed talent.

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Resources and Events

2022 Voice of the Blue-Collar Worker Survey

EmployBridge’s national survey of nearly 19,500 light industrial workers finds that pay rates, shift and schedule flexibility, and advancement opportunities are top factors in decisions about taking and staying in jobs.

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Workforce Realigned: How New Partnerships are Advancing Economic Mobility

A new publication from Social Finance and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia features First Step Staffing and 18 other case studies about innovative, results-based workforce development models of funding and risk-sharing.

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Virtual RoundTables

Spend 90 minutes each month to discuss current business challenges, issues and opportunities with fellow operators and industry experts.

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