Contract workers are growing in importance for many throughout the country as a result of a changing economic climate that has been further complicated by new healthcare reforms.
Contract workers offer flexibility to many companies and employees, while providing the potential for future employment to job seekers who are looking to build toward a full-time career. As companies begin to wonder about the effects that President Obama's healthcare reform will have on their business, many are beginning to look toward alternative staffing solutions to meet demands of a growing, though changing workplace and economy.
New information from IQNavigator indicates that contract staffing agencies have continued to be a large source of employment throughout the second fiscal quarter of 2013. The IQNdex report explains that contract staffing agencies were responsible for 54,000 jobs making up over 9 percent of all nonfarm jobs from that time period, while bill rates for the service remained relatively the same.
These new figures have continued to grow into the third fiscal quarter according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics with the month of June seeing an additional 10,000 jobs created in the contract employment industry.
Temp labor can provide an element of flexibility for both hiring companies and job seekers, as it allows companies to take on employment as their business requests demand, and gives job seekers the ability to set their own schedule. However, it can also be convenient for those who are looking to transition into full-time work as the jobs can provide work experience to include on a resume.
Some performance-based labor options include training for employees on the job so that they can develop new skills in the field while the hiring company does not need to spend time away from business obligations. Additionally, workers are compensated based on performance so that they have extra incentive to complete their job properly, benefiting both the worker and company.