Express Reaches New Heights As A Top Global Franchise

Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Top Global Franchise 2021

While an estimated 750,000+ franchise businesses exist in the United States alone, franchising is big business worldwide—and getting bigger all the time. That’s why we’re honored to announce our latest accolade of making Entrepreneur’s Top Global Franchise list—a sure sign our reputation for brand excellence is garnering international recognition.

We Met Rigorous Criteria & Beat Stiff Competition

With more than 46 years of franchise industry knowledge and analysis, Entrepreneur magazine is known as the gold standard in franchise ranking and compiles annual rankings for its Franchise 500 list based on these 5 pillars:  


  • Franchise fee
  • Total investment
  • Royalty fees


  • Training times
  • Marketing & ops support
  • Franchisor infrastructure
  • Financing availability


  • Open & operating units
  • Growth rate
  • Closures


  • Social media
  • System size
  • Years in business
  • Years in franchising


  • Franchisor’s audited financial statements

To compile its Top Global Franchise rankings, Entrepreneur tweaked this formula to give extra weight to international size and growth. Only companies seeking new franchisees outside the U.S. that had a minimum of five units open abroad as of July 2020 were considered.

What Makes Express A Top Staffing Franchise?

No matter where they’re located, every country in the world has job seekers looking for work and companies searching for the right people to hire. Express has tapped into the global demand for staffing solutions and brings a wealth of experience and proven performance to people, businesses and communities everywhere. We collaborate with job seekers to help them find the right job for their skills and experience, and we annually employ over 552,000 people across 830+ franchise locations worldwide.

Our Numbers Are Outstanding

We’ve been recognized as a top staffing franchise category leader on Entrepreneurmagazine’s prestigious and highly competitive Franchise 500 ranking of the top franchise opportunities for 11 consecutive years, and our Franchise Owners have average annual sales per territory of over $5.4M* in the U.S. Right now, we have immediate availabilities to own Express franchises in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.

Another Score As Forbes’ Top Staffing Firm

And while we’re thrilled with our Top Global Franchise ranking, we’re not done celebrating 2021 wins. We’re proud to announce we’ve been named a Forbes’ top staffing firm, ranking on the 2021 Forbes’ List of America’s Best Temporary Staffing Firms and America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms. In partnership with Statista, Forbes carefully analyzed data and then ranked executive, professional and temporary staffing recruiting firms that were able to thrive in 2020 and move to the head of the pack in 2021.   

To create its list, Statista surveyed 31,000 recruiters and 7,200 job candidates and human resources managers who worked with recruitment agencies. Respondents were asked to nominate up to 10 recruiting firms in the executive search, professional search and temporary staffing categories. They collected 26,000 nominations, and firms with the most recommendations ranked highest. Firms could not nominate themselves, and last year’s rankings were taken into account.

When It Comes To Excellence, We’re On The Job

In a year like no other, we were able to dominate. Innovating, pivoting and rising to both the challenges and opportunities sparked by a global pandemic, Express never lost sight of our mission to help connect job seekers and companies. From service sector surge demands to rolling furloughs, our offices and teams had to meet the rapidly changing employment needs of their clients, all while working remotely and during the worst-ever month for recruiting firm placements, according to the American Staffing Association.

Our Franchise Owners Lead The Way

Express CEO Bill Stoller knows that wins like these are driven by our passionate Franchise Owners who believe in our brand and help make us a top staffing firm. “These franchisees strengthened our brand so much that we were able to expand franchising internationally to Australia and New Zealand, as well as exceed our franchise sales goals for the year in the midst of a global pandemic,” Bill said. “When faced with hardship, I’m proud to say Express passed the test and is built to last for years to come.”

A Franchise System Designed To Thrive

From sourcing executive talent to help guide clients through crisis modes or placing employees to keep vital services running, recruiting and staffing firms played a key role in helping our economy weather the pandemic. Express Franchise Owners praised our strong corporate leadership, industry knowledge and business model as integral tools for their success.

“Prior to owning the Express franchise, I was actually doing sales. I knew I could have success with the Express system because A) I believed in my sales ability, and B) Express’s system was simple to follow. It’s almost like a recipe book. If you know the ingredients and you know how much of each item you need, you are going to have a delicious dish,” says Franchise Owner KV Aulahk.

Visit our Awards page to see even more of our recent 2021 accolades.

If you’re ready to join a top staffing franchise committed to making a difference in communities worldwide, now’s the time to make your move and own your market before it’s gone. Fill out the form below to get started.

*For territories open more than sixty months, average sales in 2020 were $5,417,303.86. First-year offices averaged $940,994.43 according to Item 19 in the Franchise Disclosure Document.

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with Fast Track

As a new Express staffing Franchise Owner, you can earn back up to 100% of your franchise fee* by successfully completing our Fast Track program. Get $20K back when you earn the Fast Track award by billing 16 clients in one week OR $60K gross margin during your first 26 weeks of business. Do both and you’ll hit Double Fast Track and can earn back the entire $40K franchise fee.

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