With plenty of resources available to research full-time job growth, it’s easy to forget about a job category that is key to filling in talent gaps and helping a company remain flexible in today’s marketplace – temporary and contract workers.
According to new research from Emsi and CareerBuilder, labor market data shows that employers plan to add 173,478 temp and contract jobs from 2016 to 2018 – an overall increase of about 6 percent. These new jobs will be created various industries and levels of pay giving every job seeker the opportunity to tap into this new job market.
The CareerBuilder study found the fastest growing temporary occupations with median hourly earnings both above and below $15 per hour. These jobs ranged from Software Application Developers growing by 6 percent and paying a median of $46.72 per hour, to Personal Care Aides (also growing by 6 percent) making a median $10.10 per hour.
What does this mean for you?
Your business needs to remain agile in today’s candidate market. As unemployment remains at one of the lowest rates we’ve seen in recent years, talent will be harder and harder to come by for full-time, essential positions. Nearly 3 million people are employed in temporary and contract jobs today, so keep this group of motivated workers in mind as you continue to develop a nimble recruitment strategy.
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