Contract employment is growing in the United States because it offers employers and job seekers something they can both agree on - flexibility.
Companies are noting an increase in contractual labor as they are able to generate productive work that employers and employees can be happy with. The 2013 CareerBuilder Hiring Forecast predicts 40 percent of employers will hire contract workers, up from 36 percent in 2012 showing that the market for contract employees is growing.
Growing Contract Labor in the Manufacturing Industry
These national trends can be seen on local levels. A recent article published in the Augusta Chronicle (Georgia) noted an increase in contract labor hires within the manufacturing industry. According to the news source, a Kellogg's packing plant in the region saw 350 new contract hires since the start of the new year.
The story attributes this growth to the expanding markets manufacturers can now sell to. American manufacturers used to be limited to North American markets but now they are able to ship globally. With these rapidly expanding markets, manufacturers are looking to increase their output, and in doing so expand their labor force.
Freedoms for Contract Workers
Contract work offers a number of valuable benefits to the employee. Many of these positions build experience that could aid the employee's future opportunities, and develop relationships with companies for new projects.
An article published in the Houston Chronicle, explains that this rise in contract employment can be beneficial to the contract worker. Contracts allow for flexible working hours because the worker can choose which projects to take. Additionally, a contract employee can work on multiple projects depending on the nature of the work, thus maintaining a steady work flow at the employee's discretion.
Happy Workers, Happy Employers
Employers stand to benefit from the flexibility contract workers seek. Through alternative staffing agencies, employers save money by hiring workers who are paid based on their performance rather than by the hour like most temporary staffing agencies do.
Ultimately, the measure of a company's overall achievement comes down to the collective success of its operations, and by hiring contract labor they can more reliably ensure this success on a project to project basis.