Posts tagged with 'temp'
Business Indicators, Staffing Hires Point to an Improving EconomyRead the rest of this entry »
After falling in the first quarter to the lowest level since 2014, staffing employment came roaring back in the second quarter that ended June 30, adding almost 200,000 new temporary and contract workers to the US economy.
The numbers from the Labor Department released July 2 bear out the trend first seen in the weekly Staffing Index produced by the American Staffing Association. The Index, which tracks weekly changes in …
Outsourcing Jobs Is Changing What It Means to Be An EmployeeRead the rest of this entry »
What will the future workforce look like?
That's a question economists, labor analysts and human resources professionals have been wrestling with for years. Outsourcing, automation, contracting, freelancing and contingent employment are all having an impact on what it means to have employees and to be one.
Now comes a Wall Street Journal article with the provocative title "The End of Employees" declaring, "Never before have American companies tried so hard …
Staffing Employment Reaches New June HighTemporary and contract staffing continues to grow, reports the American Staffing Association, which said its Staffing Index set a 10 year high in June. The Index came in at 96.3 last week, the highest its been for that week since 2007.Read the rest of this entry »
Since staffing is highly seasonal, with employment peaking during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's, the Index compares similar weekly periods over the years. Compared to the same …
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 …
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 labor …
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 say yes. Others argue …
Study Says 70% Of Companies Expect to Grow Their Temp StaffingTemps, freelancers and independent contractors make up almost 35% of today's workforce and that percentage will climb this year and continue to increase in the years ahead. In the annual State of Contingent Workforce Management from Field Nation and Ardent Partners, 70% of companies -- including small and mid-sized firms -- see their use of temporary and on-demand labor growing this year. And, as they rely more on contingent workers, …Read the rest of this entry »
On-Demand Services: A Slippery Slope for WorkersThere's a huge difference between being an "on-demand" worker and being employed as a temp.Read the rest of this entry »
Sure, both types offer flexibility in scheduling, the opportunity to accept - or not - an engagement if it isn't right, and variety. But as Leah Busque told The Huffington Post, the on-demand business model isn't taking into account the quality of life of the workers who sign on.
If anyone is in a …
The 'Flex Work' Nation is Here and GrowingRead the rest of this entry »
"From the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley to the bedsides of hospital patients, from Miami to Seattle, a growing number of people are forgoing full-time jobs in order to work independently – either by starting their own businesses, freelancing, or becoming contract, on-call, or temp workers.
"The rise of the independent workforce is reshaping the life-work balance for thousands of Americans and altering the relationship many others have with their employers. Its …
Older Workers Bring Experience, Skill to the JobRead the rest of this entry »
More and more employers are finding it cost effective to utilize boomers, seniors and even retirees on a part-time or project assignment basis. Temp firms have been using this resource successfully for years. An older worker generally needs less training, has a better work ethic, and won't take a temporary or project assignment simply to tide them over until a full-time position comes along. Unfortunately, misconceptions abound about older workers, which shortchanges …