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1 in 3 Employers Will Hire Temporary Workers in Q2

1 in 3 employers will hire temporary workers in Q2.Trends we’re a bit skeptical of: oil pulling (swishing oil in your mouth for beauty benefits) and meggings (yep, man tights). One trend we CAN get behind: temporary hiring.

That’s right — about 1 in 3 employers (33 percent) say they’ll hire temporary or contract workers over the next three months, up from 32 percent this time last year. That’s according to a recent CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers and HR professionals in the U.S. Some good news: More than a quarter of employers (26 percent) plan to transition some of these folks into permanent employees; up by 2 percent from last year.

1 in 3 employers will hire temporary workers in Q2.

Even though that may not seem like a huge increase to you at first glance, consider the fact that temporary hiring is going strong — and is at a 7-year high.

So, what’s contributing to the rise of the temporary workforce? Employers continue to exercise caution when it comes to full-time permanent hiring, and may be using this “test before you buy” tactic in lieu of hiring full-time workers directly.

If you’re in staffing, 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?

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Deanna Hartley

About Deanna Hartley

Deanna Hartley is a senior copywriter and community manager on the creative services team at CareerBuilder, where she writes about issues that are top of mind for employers and recruiters – including talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention. An avid social media user, Deanna is the face behind @CBforEmployers on Twitter as well as CBforEmployers’ Facebook and Instagram pages, so it’s easy to stay connected with her. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Deanna was a senior editor for the Human Capital Media Group, publishers of Talent Management, Chief Learning Officer, Diversity Executive and Workforce Management magazines. Deanna holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She loves caffeine, social media, pop culture and dogs – though not necessarily in that order.


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