About Kelly services
Founded by William Russell Kelly in 1946, Kelly Services has provided workforce solutions to customers in a variety of industries throughout its history. Kelly’s range of workforce solutions and geographic coverage has grown steadily over the years to match the needs of our customers. Our traditional expertise began with office services, call center, light industrial, and electronic assembly staffing. Today, we also offer a comprehensive array of outsourcing and consulting services for our customers, including recruitment, human resource management, vendor management, and outplacement services on a global basis.
Kelly has evolved from a United States-focused company concentrating primarily on traditional office services into a global workforce solutions leader with a breadth of specialty businesses. We assign professional and technical employees in the fields of finance and accounting, education, engineering, information technology, law, science, and healthcare. Kelly is the world’s largest scientific staffing provider and it ranks among the leaders in IT, engineering, and financial staffing.
William Russell Kelly founded the company in Detroit on October 7, 1946, operating as the Russell Kelly Office Service. He is widely credited with pioneering the modern temporary help industry. The company was renamed Kelly Girl Service in 1957, and it became Kelly Services® in 1966 to reflect the growing services of the company.
Established in the International Marketplace
In 1968, Kelly Services opened its first international office in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The company’s first European office opened in 1972 in Paris, France.
Revenue in 2012 was $5.5 billion.
Fortune U.S. Rank
Kelly Services is currently ranked 441 in the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest companies.
Kelly Services has been recognized for its quality processes, management practices, supplier diversity, and community involvement with the awarding of Intel Corporation’s Certified Supplier Quality Award, Johnson & Johnson’s Supplier Diversity Partnership Award, Sara Lee Corporation’s Outstanding Service and Support Award, American Red Cross/Southeast Michigan Corporate Citizen Award, Michigan Minority Business Development Council’s “Corporation of the Year”, Fortune Magazine’s “Most Admired Companies” list, and Workforce Magazine’s “80 People, Events & Trends that Shaped HR”.
Number of Staff Employees
The company has approximately 1,100 employees at its corporate headquarters in Troy, Michigan and approximately 7,000 employees in its global network of branch offices.
Number of temporary workers
Kelly Services provides employment to 560,000 employees annually.
Vision, Character and Values
To provide the world’s best workforce solutions
We are authentic, the industry founder. We believe in relationships, not transactions. We value teamwork, realizing that we are stronger together than as individuals. We take seriously the promises we make. We are passionate, dedicated and driven to excel. With us it has never been about being the biggest. It has always been about being the best and doing the right thing.
At our core, we are a community. Each day we welcome into our community the varied talents of all people who embrace our culture of service, teamwork and integrity. We offer the opportunity to work with the best companies in the world, and to make a difference in the communities in which we live and work.
We are judged, collectively and individually, by the return we provide to our shareholders. We choose to provide that return with the following values:
- We are personally responsible for our actions, outcomes and reputation.
- We build strong relationships and create Kelly advocates for life.
- We own and resolve customer and candidate issues with urgency.
- We treat every customer, employee and supplier with respect and integrity.
- We continuously seek opportunities to innovate and improve the Kelly experience.