Kelly Services is a temporary staffing agency that operates worldwide.
The company was founded by William Russell Kelly as Russell Kelly Office Services in 1946. The company originally provided office services at its own offices.
Since workers were primarily women, employees became known as “Kelly’s Girls” in 1946.
In the 1960’s the term had become so widely used that it referred to any temporary worker.
Today Kelly Services has expanded to include both males and females in light industrial, technical, and professional sectors. The company places about 550,000 temporary workers worldwide each year.
Kelly Services trades publicly on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol KELYA, is #468 in the Fortune 500, has 8,100 employees, and had $5.47 billion in revenue in 2013.