Hiring Trends for 2016: Steady increase for Freelancers & contractors

The future of the job market lies in non-employee workers, according to a study from Fieldglass, a software company that provides vendor management systems, in partnership with Ardent Partners, a research and advisory firm. The study, which surveyed 210 business professionals at small, medium and large businesses, found that as of 2015, “nearly 35 percent of today’s total workforce is comprised of non-employee workers,” which includes temps, freelancers, contractors and statement of work-based labor. As a result, 95 percent of businesses now view this new workforce as a key element to developing and running a successful business, which means big changes for hiring trends in the coming year.

Ultimately, what companies are realizing about the gig economy, says Srinivasan, is that “It affords companies access to pre-screened, pre-trained workers with niche skills, who can get to work quickly and stay on only for as long as they are needed. And, as a company’s needs change, an external workforce can be scaled up or down quickly.”


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