To be successful, contingent workforce programs must have at their back high-quality suppliers. One way to measure a staffing firm is by its growth trajectory. The 2018 list of Fastest-Growing US Staffing Firms comprises 94 companies that have posted solid growth over a five-year period.

Together, the companies on the list had a median compound average growth rate in revenue of 26.9% between 2013 and 2017. For the 10 fastest-growing, the median CAGR was 97.8%.

When looking at above-average growth in staffing — and what it takes for companies to achieve that — it comes down to people. It’s about prioritizing people, creating a great culture, building up leadership and hiring the right internal staff in the first place.

That leads to taking care of contingent workers, keeping internal workers engaged and making clients a high-level priority; it’s these factors and efforts that drive growth, say executives of this year’s fast-growing staffing firms in the United States.

“If you make the nurse working at the hospital your No. 1 priority, and you don’t waiver from that, then you’re going to succeed,” says Rich Smith, VP at Atlas MedStaff, the top-ranked fastest-growing staffing firm on SIA’s 2018 list.

And finding the right internal workers is crucial. “What we look for is potential — it tends not to be about exam grades, degrees or qualifications, it’s much more fundamental than that,” says Steven Talbot, co-founder and CEO of second-ranked GQR. “It’s really about character and having the same core character values as the business — essentially being ambitious and being committed to being the best at what you do.”

This year’s top 10 are:

  1. Atlas MedStaff
  2. GQR
  3. Peak Workforce Solutions LLC
  4. Stability Healthcare
  5. Dedicated Nursing Associates (DNA)
  6. Host Healthcare
  7. Morson Group
  8. GrapeTree Medical Staffing LLC
  9. KPG Healthcare
  10. OneStaff Medical

Seven of the firms in the top 10 provide healthcare staffing, and almost 42% of firms on the full list cited healthcare staffing as one of their primary segments served. It’s a high-growth segment, although growth cooled a bit as of late. Healthcare staffing revenue rose 7% in 2017, according to SIA research. That was down from 15% in 2016 and 20% in 2015.

IT ranked as the second-most common primary segment for staffing firms on the fastest-growing list.

Read the stories of the top 10 firms and see the rest of the list online.