The "Gig Economy" Is A Mystery to MostEnter the phrase "gig economy" into Google and you get almost half a million results. And many of those references are new just in the last two and a-half years.Read the rest of this entry »
Since 2014, searches for "gig economy" have taken off. So it's surprising that almost 75% of the American public haven't heard of the gig economy, and 29% can't explain what it means. Yet, that's the finding ...
The Gig Economy Is Mostly An Uber EconomyThe much ballyhooed gig economy might just more accurately be called the "Uber economy" since the ride-sharing company may account for half, or more, of all gig workers.Read the rest of this entry »
Research by labor economists Lawrence Katz and Alan Krueger puts the size of the gig workforce at a mere 600,000, in line with other estimates. Uber, the researchers found, accounts for half to two-thirds of those working via on-demand platforms, the ...
The Rise of the Temp WorkforceA Wall Street Journal article ominously titled "The End of Employees" chronicles the rise of the contingent workforce, a workforce comprised of temporary workers, freelancers and contractors.Read the rest of this entry »
"Never before have American companies tried so hard to employ so few people," says the article, describing the rise of outsourcing as a trend that cuts across all industries. Google alone has some 70,000 TVCs, its abbreviation for temps, vendors and contractors ...
Demand for Contingent Workers Will Be Strong In 2017With the economy poised for greater growth in 2017 and unemployment falling to its historic levels -- or even lower -- temporary staffing is expected to continue to expand in 2017.Read the rest of this entry »
Staffing Industry Analysts noted that "the prevailing trend for temporary help jobs over the second half of 2016 has been fairly positive." On a seasonally adjusted basis, staffing agencies employed almost 70,000 more workers in December than they did at ...
Many Employers Plan to Keep Some Seasonal WorkersWith the holiday season rapidly approaching, seasonal hiring is in full swing with retailers nationwide expected to bring on between 640,000 and 690,000 temporary workers, according to the National Retail Federation.Read the rest of this entry »
At the lower end, that would be almost 100,000 fewer seasonal workers than in 2013. However, since that holiday season more shoppers than ever have done some or even all their spending online, cutting the need ...
What Temping Can Do For YouTemping may not be your first choice for a job, but there are plenty of reasons why it shouldn't be your last.Read the rest of this entry »
College grads still looking for that first job, parents reentering the workforce after staying home to care for the children, workers who've realized their first career choice was a mistake, all have good reason to consider temping.
That was what Rachel Bitte did when she discovered ...
Staffing and the Gig Economy Are Transforming How We WorkThe number of employees working for staffing agencies reached an all-time high last December, which is always a busy month for temporary employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on a seasonally adjusted basis, 2.944 million workers were employed in temporary or contract work by the nation's staffing firms.Read the rest of this entry »
Though the total numbers have decreased some since then, contract workers are a potent part of the national ...
Flexibility, Balance Keep Workers From LookingMost working adults won't be looking for a job this year.Read the rest of this entry »
A survey conducted by the Harris Poll for the American Staffing Association found 62% of workers say it's unlikely they'll be job hunting any time soon. In fact, only 16% told pollsters it is "very likely" they'll be looking.
That's good news to employers who are finding it harder and harder to recruit talented ...
5 Hiring Tips For Small Business OwnersIt's only natural that when workers go looking for a new job, their focus is on the big companies. Global firms with tens of thousands of workers and a well-known brand get a disproportionate share of attention. Yet there are far fewer big employers than businesses that count their workforce in double-digits.Read the rest of this entry »
Filling vacancies in a small business is no easy feat. Small business owners already fill so many ...
How Big Is the Gig Economy? No One KnowsWith all that's been written about the so-called gig economy, one question remains: Just how big is it?Read the rest of this entry »
If that's surprising, consider that there's no agreement even about who should be included in the count. There's no question about including staffing agency workers, day laborers, and those hired directly by companies themselves for temporary work. But do you include the self-employed? Independent contractors? Part-timers?
Some economists ...