Companies began using contingent workers more during our recent economic crisis, and have been reaping the benefits since. I recently read an article from Workforce that discusses how the staffing industry is still experiencing high demand for temporary workers.
There are a number of reasons for this trend which shows no signs of slowing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that temp jobs increased by 8,500 this past July. The continued rise in demand for temporary workers is a good indication that the economy is growing. By using a temporary staff, companies have the opportunity to see if workers are a good fit, and if they are a good hire for a full-time position. Companies can avoid the costly risk of making the wrong choice by getting a sense of the employee before offering a permanent job.
Since different employment arrangements apply to temporary and contingent workers, it is important for management to have a strong understanding of the legal implications of worker classification. As demand for temporary workers increases, so does the need for skilled professionals who are knowledgeable about contingent workforce best practices.