Billing Rate for Temp Workers Rises

Change could signal salary increases for permanent employees

Staffing agencies are charging companies more for temporary workers, a possible harbinger of a bump up in salaries for permanent employees later this year.

The bill rate at Calabasas, California-based On Assignment Inc., which places temporary staff primarily in the information technology and health-care fields, climbed 6.3 percent in the quarter ended March 31 from the same time last year, the largest 12-month gain since 2008.

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