TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Express Employment Professionals’ 35th year of business proved to be one of breaking records, innovative technology and topping lists.

The staffing firm saw a record $3.56 billion in sales in 2018, up 5 per cent  from the previous year and found jobs for more than 566,000 people, a 5 per cent  increase year-over-year. Every time Express places a job seeker with a quality client company, that paycheck helps support four other people on average. In 2018, roughly 2.2 million people were positively impacted because of employment alone through Express.

“Our franchise owners, their teams and everyone at Express International Headquarters work tirelessly day in and day out to help make sure families can put food on the table,” said Express CEO Bill Stoller. “What sets Express apart from other companies is our culture of servanthood. We believe our continued success comes from the idea that if we put people first, everything else will fall in line.”

Express now boasts more than 800 franchise locations in the United States, Canada and South Africa, and has made it easier than ever for job seekers in North America to connect with local offices through the rollout of the ExpressJobs app. This much anticipated app was a significant step in the digital transformation of the company, offering real-time, location-based services for job seekers and current Express associates.

“Technology is an extremely vital component in today’s modern workforce, but we wanted to utilize it in a way that maintained a personalized recruiting process,” Stoller said. “At the end of the day, job seekers want to know their applications don’t disappear into a black hole, and we are proud to say the ExpressJobs app streamlines that process, quickly matching top talent with exceptional companies.”

As Express constantly strives to provide the best applicant experience possible, the company was recently rewarded with ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing® Talent Award for the third consecutive year. This distinction is the only award in North America that recognizes staffing agencies based solely on ratings provided by clients and job seekers.

Express also received several other awards throughout the year, including being named one of Forbes’ Best Franchises to Buy and landing on Staffing Industry Analyst’s Largest Global Staffing Firms list. Entrepreneur recognized Express as the top staffing franchise on its annual Franchise 500 Ranking for the eighth consecutive year, as well as one of the top five business services franchises and top franchises to buy under $150,000.

 “Whether at our international headquarters or at one of our more than 800 offices, we had an incredible 2018 with so many milestones and successes,” Stoller said. “We have big plans for 2019, which include technology upgrades, associate appreciation programs and continuing to strive to put a million people to work, annually, just to name a few. This is an exciting time to be part of the Express family!”

Express Employment Professionals offers a full range of employment solutions, including evaluation hire, temporary staffing, professional search and human resources. Designated a World-Class Franchise by FranSurvey for the past 13 years, the staffing company has available territories in Boston, Miami, Toronto, Columbus, Milwaukee, and Los Angeles.

For more information about Express Employment Professionals, visit ExpressPros.com. If you are interested in owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.

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About Bill Stoller
William H. "Bill" Stoller is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has more than 800 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Since its inception, Express has put more than 7.7 million people to work worldwide.

About Express Employment Professionals
Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.56 billion in sales and employed a record 566,000 people in 2018. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com.