It seems the country is increasingly gravitating toward a workforce management style that puts an emphasis on contract positions and temporary labor, with one survey from CareerBuilder showing 40 percent of business respondents say they plan to hire for contract positions this year.
While the trend is certainly apparent throughout the country, it appears some pockets are leaning on contract workers more heavily than others, CBS affiliate KTVN 2 News reports.
According to the news source, temporary workers has grown by leaps and bounds in the Southwestern U.S., particularly in Nevada. In Reno, the non profit group Pronet, which helps the unemployed find jobs, provides interview tips and even business attire, has noted a tremendous boom in temporary work recently.
"The temp industry has skyrocketed over the last couple of years," said Pronet branch manager Pieter Droog. "They are the 6th fastest growing industry in the country."
Droog highlighted several reasons why employers are turning to temporary help, with one of the most important being the looming healthcare changes that will go into effect in 2014.
He added that the rise in temporary workers can be attributed to "affordable health care and the budget limitations from Congress...so [the employer is] saying, 'I am not going to grow my business until I know everything's in place and what it's going to cost me to hire people.'"
The media outlet noted that employers are increasingly seeing workers less as assets and more as a potential threat to their bottom lines. By using temporary workers, businesses can cut out salary costs as well as rising healthcare expenses.
However, this greater use of contract workers will need to be balanced with proper treatment of contract laborers to ensure productivity remains high.
Staffing firms will need to "consistently and overtly communicates with temporary workers" to demonstrate that the "staffing agency truly 'appreciates' the time and efforts of the workers," wrote Andrew Karpie, research analyst at Staffing Industry Analysts.