While certain trends are decidedly “out” for 2016, temporary and contract hiring is most definitely still “in.”
According to CareerBuilder’s 2016 job forecast, 47 percent of employers report they will add temporary or contract workers this year, up slightly from 46 percent last year. Of these employers, 58 percent plan to transition some temporary or contract workers into permanent roles in 2016.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
In this recovering yet still delicate economy, many employers have been relying on temporary hiring, which allows for a more flexible workforce — one that can be staffed up or staffed down depending on the state of the business.
If you’ve ramped up your temporary or contract hiring recently with the goal of eventually hiring some of those workers full time, be sure to think long term when screening candidates. Look for candidates who are not only “Mr. Right Now” but could eventually be “Mr. Right.” And make sure to ask them about their employment goals. If they aren’t looking for anything other than a temporary position, you should know that upfront so you don’t invest in someone who doesn’t have long-term potential.