It’s a common enough scenario—you have a candidate that’d be perfect for a temporary role you’re trying to fill, but the word “temporary” scares them off due to misconceptions about career security or compensation.
Now’s the time to change the reputation of temporary employment. Nearly 3 million people are employed in temporary jobs, and data from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. shows that number will continue to rise in 2015 and the future. Temporary employment is expected to grow 13 percent (354,877 jobs) from 2014 to 2019, and was among the first industries to add jobs when the recession officially ended, growing 15 percent from 2009 to 2010 and 57 percent from 2009 to 2014.
Here’s the information that can help bring new talent to the temporary workforce.
High-paying, fast-growing temporary employment
Temping in the new economy can actually lead to more lucrative options that—contrary to common misconceptions—offer job security workers are looking for, as two in five U.S. employers expect to hire temporary or contract workers this year.
Fast-growing occupations for temporary employment from 2014 to 2019 that pay $15 or more per hour* include:
|Occupation||Temp Jobs (2014)||Temp Jobs (2019)||% Change (2014 – 2019)||Median Hourly Earnings|
|Computer Systems Analysts||11,802||14,024||19%||$39.15|
|Accountants and Auditors||11,130||12,654||14%||$31.40|
|Computer User Support Specialists||19,597||22,276||14%||$22.68|
|Software Developers, Applications||11,698||13,292||14%||$44.95|
|Customer Service Representatives||88,610||100,642||14%||$15.02|
|Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers||25,075||28,479||14%||$18.67|
|Maintenance and Repair Workers, General||23,806||27,027||14%||$17.26|
|Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, except Legal, Medical, and Executive||68,486||77,660||13%||$15.89|
New talent for temp positions
With such bright opportunities ahead in temporary employment, this can be an opportune moment to attract job candidates who are unfamiliar with temp work, but might be a good fit for the role.
For instance, workers who might be good candidates to consider offering temporary roles include those who identify as:
- Underemployed (39 percent of respondents in a separate CareerBuilder survey said they felt underemployed and 31 percent of those who answered such are planning to change jobs in 2015)
- Overlooked (23 percent feel overlooked for a promotion in their current job; 31 percent of these workers plan to change jobs in 2015)
- Immobile (26 percent are dissatisfied with career advancement opportunities in their firm; 37 percent of these workers plan to change jobs in 2015)
- Underpaid (41 percent didn’t receive a pay increase in 2014; 22 percent of these workers plan to change jobs in 2015)
- Imbalanced (17 percent are dissatisfied with their work/life balance; 33 percent of these workers plan to change jobs in 2015).
Discussing career goals can often reveal pain points in a person’s job or past work that they’re interested in moving past now. And highlighting the new opportunities for growth, earning power and experience in an economy that’s embracing temporary workers is a smart way to bring smart talent to temporary roles.
*Median hourly earnings covers anyone working in that occupation whether they are temporary or full-time, permanent staff.