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Temporary Hiring Going Strong at 42 Percent — A 7-Year High

talent statisticsIf you’re looking for a big trend for 2014, here’s one: temporary hiring. Companies are expecting to hire more temporary workers in 2014 than they did last year. That means your business will continue to grow, or even more so, in 2014. In fact, this is anticipated to be one of the biggest opportunities for you in the coming year.

Plan to Hire Temp WorkersAccording to CareerBuilder’s annual hiring forecast, 42 percent of employers say they plan to hire temporary and contract workers. That’s up 2 percent from last year and depicts a rise of 14 percent since 2009. Moreover, 43 percent of these individuals say they intend to transition some into full-time permanent staff.

Staffing firms, consider asking your clients questions such as:

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

With companies continuing to value financial flexibility and experiencing success with placing high levels of responsibilities on contingent labor, career opportunities for those workers valuing independence and flexibility will continue to rise.

So talk to your clients about the ability to be agile and control costs. The largest segment cost of an organization is its people. Utilizing a contingent workforce can help your clients maintain a leaner organization by outsourcing work or hiring contract workers

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Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.


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