The workforce is rapidly changing. What can we expect to see in 2016? I recently read a Spend Matters article about 2016 predictions for the contingent workforce.
The contingent workforce sector is being exposed to new digital technologies, which are changing the way people work. More firms are moving from vendor management systems with specific suppliers to more advanced source to pay solutions. Online platforms and marketplaces are allowing hiring companies to go directly to skilled independent workers. This broader model matches what we see in other sectors.
Another trend is contingent workforce groups becoming more customer-centric, serving internal customers and providing staffing support. The talent gap and labor skills shortage is contributing to the need for more contingent workers. This is leading to more direct sourced labor, instead of the indirect sourced model used in the past. While these trends are already occurring, 2016 will bring them into greater focus and exposure to different types of companies in many industries. We are also going to see different parts of the contingent workforce combine to give companies multiple services.
All in all, the underlying trend is that skilled work is a service. More independent workers are available in specialized areas and are using workforce sourcing platforms for their skills. This work is being consumed in different categories, so these workers are no longer viewed as just temporary, fill-in workers.