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Employment services, 2014

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Released: 2016-03-09

Operating revenue for the employment services industry group rose 4.8% to $13.3 billion in 2014.

The employment services industry group consists of establishments primarily engaged in permanent placement, executive search, contract staffing, temporary staffing and co-employment staffing services.

Most of the industry group's operating revenue was generated in Ontario (52.6%), Alberta (25.2%) and Quebec (10.8%).

Operating expenses grew at a similar pace as operating revenue, resulting in an operating profit margin of 3.6% in 2014, up slightly from 3.4% in 2013.

Salaries, wages and benefits represented the largest expense item for the industry group, accounting for 63.7% of total operating expenses, followed by subcontract expenses at 24.8%.

Temporary staffing services contributed 52.8% to the industry group's sales, followed by permanent placement and contract staffing services (38.5%), and other goods and services (8.8%).

The business sector, which is the primary client of the employment services industry group, accounted for 86.5% of sales in 2014. The government and public institutions sector accounted for 9.1% of total sales, while the remainder of sales (4.4%) was to individuals and clients outside Canada.

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Data for 2012 and 2013 have been revised.

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