Founded by William Russell Kelly in 1946, Kelly has provided workforce solutions to customers in a variety of industries throughout its history. Our range of workforce solutions and geographic coverage has grown steadily over 70 years to match the needs of our customers. It began with office services, call centre, light industrial, and electronic assembly staffing. Today, Kelly expertise also spans an array of outsourcing and consulting solutions for our customers, including recruitment, human resource management, vendor management and outplacement services on a global basis.
For more than 70 years, Kelly has steadily evolved from a United States-based company concentrating primarily on traditional office services into a dynamic global workforce solutions leader with a breadth of specialty businesses. Consider these milestones:
1946 – William Russell Kelly opens a service bureau in Detroit
1953 – Sales exceed $1 million
1960s – Expands to place thousands each year in light industrial, marketing, and technical roles
1968 – First Canadian office opens in Toronto, Ontario
1972 – First European office opens in Paris, France
1973 – Sales exceed $100 million
1979 – Kelly has offices in all 50 states
1986 – Sales exceed $1 billion
1995 – Kelly launches Kelly Scientific Resources
1996 – Established the industry’s first MSP program; now manage $7.2 billion in MSP spend
1997 – Kelly opens its 1,500th field office, and 500th Partnered Staffing office
1999 – Kelly launches specialized lines:
Kelly Engineering Resources
Kelly IT Resources
Kelly Educational Staffing
2003 – Kelly is named one of Fortune magazine's "Most Admired Companies"
2007 – Kelly now operates in many countries and territories and realigns into three global regions
2011 – Launched The Talent Project iPad® app
2015 – Awarded Inavero's 2015 Best of Staffing® Client Award
2015 – 4th consecutive year on the IAOP Global Outsourcing 100® list
2015 – 1 million workers connected with employment opportunities through Kelly’s staffing solutions and talent supply chain network of supplier partners
Kelly assigns professional and technical employees in the fields of finance and accounting, education, engineering, information technology, law, science and healthcare. We rank among the world's leaders in scientific, IT, engineering and financial staffing.
Kelly 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, the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services (ACSESS) Health & Safety 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”.