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Kelly Services, Inc.
Industry Professional services
Founded 1946
Founder William Russell Kelly
Area served
Key people
Terence E. Adderley (Chairman)
Carl T. Camden (President & CEO)
Services Human resources consulting, outsourcing, consulting, recruitment, career transition and vendor management services
Revenue $5.551 billion (2012)
Profit $63.70 million (2012)
Number of employees
8,200 (2012)

Kelly Services, Inc. is an American temporary staffing agency that operates throughout the world.[1] It is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, and offers services that include temporary staffing services, outsourcing, vendor on-site and full-time placement.[2] Kelly operates in 41 countries and territories.[3] Kelly employs more than 530,000 individuals annually, in areas including office services, accounting, engineering, information technology, law, science, marketing, creative services, light industrial, education, and health care. Revenue in 2011 was $5.3 billion.


William Russell Kelly founded Russell Kelly Office Service in 1946,[4][5] initially providing office services performed at Kelly's offices, rather than providing temporary staffing at the client's location. However, customers asked for the work to be performed at their locations, and the temporary staffing concept was born out of responding to this type of request. It was in 1946 that the first 'Kelly Girls' came into scope and the first 'Kelly Girl' was Adelaide Hess Moran who was able to demonstrate that this new working sphere for women could be one to enjoy.

The temporary workers, who were usually female, became known as 'Kelly girls'.[6] In recognition of this, the name of the company was changed to Kelly Girl Service, Inc. in 1957.[4] The term 'Kelly girl' became a widely used term for a temporary worker, regardless of the worker's company affiliation or gender. In 1966 the name of the company was changed to Kelly Services, Inc., in order to reflect an expanding range of services.[4]

The current Chairman of the Board of Directors is Terence E. Adderley,[7] and the CEO is Carl T. Camden.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Kelly Services FORM 10-K". SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. Retrieved 2013-07-08. Kelly provides workforce solutions to a diversified group of customers in three regions: the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (“EMEA”), and Asia Pacific (“APAC”) . 
  2. ^ "Kelly Services, Inc.". National Employer Team. AARP. Archived from the original on 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  3. ^ "Kelly Services, Inc. (KELYA)". Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  4. ^ a b c "William Russell Kelly Tribute". Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  5. ^ Eaton, Leslie (1998-01-08). "William Kelly, 92, Founder Of Temporary Jobs Company". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  6. ^ Hatton, Erin (2011). The Temp Economy: From Kelly Girls to Permatemps in Postwar America. Temple University Press. ISBN 978-1439900826. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  7. ^ "Kelly Services Executives". Hoover's. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  8. ^ "Our annual ranking of America's largest corporations". CNN. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 

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