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Temporary Employment Up 28 Percent Since 2010

careerbuilder talent factorTemporary employment has accelerated since the last recession, and new data shows that an upward trajectory will continue throughout 2014.

According to CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), more than 2.9 million U.S. workers were employed in temporary jobs in 2013, jumping 28 percent since 2010 and outpacing the 5 percent growth rate for all jobs.

To help employers identify areas where they can expect the biggest competition for talent, CareerBuilder and EMSI compiled a list of the fastest-growing occupations for temporary employment in 2014.

Below are the middle- to high-wage occupations that are expected to see the greatest percentage increase for temporary job growth in 2014:

Top Occupations for Growth in Temporary Employment in 2014 Total Temp Jobs 2013 Total Temp Jobs 2014 % Change 2013-2014 Median Earnings/Hour*
Human Resources Specialists 61,642 64,049 4% $26.83
Customer Service Representatives 90,215 93,041 3% $14.70
Construction Laborers 72,914 75,183 3% $14.42
Administrative Assistants 69,398 71,573 3% $15.58
Registered Nurses 56,233 58,000 3% $31.48
Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks 29,326 30,257 3% $16.91
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 29,260 30,183 3% $16.93
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers 27,305 28,178 3% $16.57
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 23,760 24,527 3% $18.37
Machinists 22,460 23,182 3% $18.99
Sales Representatives, Services, All Others 22,300 22,984 3% $24.45
Computer User Support Specialists 17,351 17,895 3% $22.32

*Median earnings per hour covers anyone working in that occupation whether they are temporary or full-time, permanent staff.

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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.

Interesting to see Human Resources  Specialists represented prominently in temporary employment. Seems to show how the industry is changing. 


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