Staffing and Recruiting in a Recession.

Over the last 100 years, the United States has gone through many recessions, some longer than others. The one that sticks out the most is probably the great recession from 2007-2009 when the mortgage bubble burst. We also experienced a short recession with the recent pandemic. With interest rates rising, it seems as though another one might be on the horizon. So, what does that mean for the staffing / recruiting industry? And why might now be a good time to invest in a staffing / recruiting franchise business. While some specific sectors may see a sharp drop in business, staffing / recruiting has historically been one of the safer industries to be in. As a major recruiting firm in the U.S., we serve two customers, the candidates we are assisting in their job search, and the clients that need help with hiring. Normally, we see an influx of one or the other, depending on the market, but in general, there will always be needs on both sides of the equation.

Right now, we are experiencing a heightened demand from clients, the entities that need help with hiring. We focus primarily on restaurant, hospitality, and food & beverage markets, and consumers have been rushing back into food establishments and entertainment venues. Travel bookings are back in full swing. Our clients are trying to keep up with this surge while getting employment numbers back to pre-pandemic levels. Should we dip into recession, perhaps we will see a small pull back in hiring, but not as much in other sectors because there are still hundreds of thousands of jobs that need to be filled to meet consumer demand. Regardless of economic conditions, people are always going to go out to eat, just maybe not at that high end steak dinner!

There are other factors that will contribute to more demand for staffing and recruiting services. You may have heard of the Great Attrition, which is the mass exodus of individuals leaving the work force. This was fueled by a pandemic where we saw almost 30 million baby boomers leave the work force in the third quarter of 2020 alone. We are seeing millions of people leave industries they’ve been in for their whole career and migrate to a completely new one. Employers are having to be more aggressive with their packages, offer more opportunities for remote work, and be more open to hiring people from different industries. You can also look at factors like the U.S. birth rate. The birth rate has been declining exponentially over the past decade. For those reasons, we are projecting a strong demand for professional staffing / recruiting services.

One thing that is always in demand, is a strong recruiter. One that is prompt and professional, follows through, and coaches the candidate through the entire interview process. That is what we do here at Patrice & Associates. While we do focus primarily on restaurant, hospitality, and food & beverage, our franchisees are skilled in many categories, and have made placements in oil & gas, real estate, insurance, healthcare, technology, education, and other industries. If you are looking for your next career, or need top talent, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today. Or maybe you are wanting to be THAT connector, to provide value, to feel fulfilled in your role, perhaps consider becoming a Patrice & Associates franchise owner. With low investment and low overhead, and a nationwide book of business, now might be the best time to start the next chapter of your life.


Duke Witte absolutely was amazing! 

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to Duke Witte for his assistance in finding me a new job in the hospitality industry. I was disgruntled with my previous job, and I was feeling very discouraged about my prospects. I had been working in the restaurant industry for many years, and I had a lot of experience and skills, but I was having a hard time finding a better opportunity.

I was contacted via LinkedIn by Duke, and thank goodness I was.  Mr. Witte was incredibly helpful and supportive throughout the entire process. He took the time to understand my skills and experience, and worked tirelessly to find me a job that was a good fit.

Duke was also very honest and upfront with me about the job market. He didn't sugarcoat things, but also didn't give up on me. He kept me motivated and encouraged, and never gave up on finding me a job that I would love.

I am so grateful to Duke Witte and his team for their help. I am now happily employed, and I am so happy that I was able to find a job that I love. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a job in the restaurant industry. He is a true professional, and is dedicated to helping his clients find the perfect job!

Thank you again for everything!

Nick Grubbs

Working with Chris Bovio made job searching so much easier! 

Not only was he available and involved in my search, but also knowledgeable regarding the position. Chris used his industry experience and recruiting network to find the best position for me and my skill set. My only regret is that my new job is so perfect for me that I won’t need to use Chris or Patrice & Associates later.


Nick Guarino

Michael Greig was absolutely fantastic in every way! 

He gave me options and suggestions & eventually found a great for me. Communication was easy and he went above & beyond. Also, he seems like an all around good dude. Thanks again Michael. Solid work out there. You’re hired :)

Nic Callahan

Bryan Curtis was fantastic to work with!

Bryan was very on top of things throughout my recruiting process to the engineering firm I accepted my position with.  I responded to his LinkedIn posting and heard back from him within 24 hours. He continually spoke with me throughout the process checking in regularly and answering all my questions. Bryan was instrumental in helping me find a great job.



Frank Rondeau was a really big help! 

When it came to helping me find my new job, he knocked it out of the park!  He was very honest and thorough throughout the entire process. We had multiple conversations along the way and he always checked in after interviews. Frank was amazing to work with, and I'm super excited to start my new journey thanks to him.       

Many Thanks,


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