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Temporary Hiring Expected to Reach a Six-Year High

As market demands for skilled labor increase, more companies are turning to staffing and recruiting companies and temporary workers to help meet increased market demands. Forty percent of employers plan to hire temporary and contract workers in 2013, up four percent since last year and up 12 percent since 2009.

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Among these employers, 42 percent plan to transition some temporary workers  into full-time, permanent employees in the next 12 months. While companies remain cautiously optimistic about the economic recovery, temporary workers provide an opportunity to meet their labor demands while being attentive to budgeting plans. The increased focus on temporary staffing and contingent labor also indicates a growing opportunity for staffing firms to grow their own businesses and increase their brand awareness.

Moving forward in these hiring plans, employers – and the staffing firms who work with them – should consider the following questions:

  1. What percentage of your workers are temp vs. permanent?
  2. What role do temporary workers play at your company?
  3. What verticals need more temporary help than others?
  4. How will temporary workers help your company meet its strategic and financial goals?

Even as the economy recovers, it remains crucial to figure out ways to be agile and control costs. The largest segment cost of an organization is its people. Utilizing a contingent workforce can help employers and staffing firm clients maintain a leaner organization by outsourcing work or hiring contract workers.

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Stephanie Gaspary

About Stephanie Gaspary

Stephanie is the managing director of content strategy at CareerBuilder, tasked with creating opportunities to share the CareerBuilder story across job seeker and employer channels. Stephanie, a lifelong learner, holds a Master's in Business Administration and a Master's in Management - both from North Park University and a Bachelor's degree in Art from Bethel University. A Minnesotan at heart, Stephanie has lived in Chicago for nearly 20 years, is the doting mother to two wacky german shorthaired pointer pups, looks forward to her morning run *almost* as much as that first cup of coffee and vows to one day live in the mountains.


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