Company Overview

Company Overview


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. 

Total Sales

Revenue in 2014 was $5.6 billion.

Fortune U.S. Rank

Kelly Services is currently ranked 468 in the Fortune 500® list of America’s largest companies.

Awards and Recognition

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 555,000 employees annually.

Stock Market Listing

Kelly Services common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols KELYA, KELYB.


Kelly Global

Kelly China