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.
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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