We have been seeing more and more evidence of a potentially permanent boost in temporary staffing. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, 27% of the 1.1 million jobs added since December 2009 have been temporary ones. Here are a few advantages to a permanent increase in temporary jobs.
1. Companies have more flexibility and can hire according to project size and duration.
2. Companies can take the opportunity to get to know workers and their habits before determining cultural fit and making a commitment to hire them on as permanent employees.
3. Workers, like mothers or seniors, gain flexibility in that they can keep their skills current by working part time, while taking time for other obligations such as raising children.
Even with all the recent growth, temporary jobs currently make up less than 2% of the workforce. So there’s plenty of room for the upward trend in temporary staffing to continue.