The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics made one thing abundantly clear: temporary staffing is picking up again in the U.S. after declining slightly when the recession officially ended. And while this suggests businesses are expanding and needing more help to handle this growth, some experts are concerned about more temporary staffing.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, recent surveys, coupled with months of data from the BLS, show hiring contract workers is likely a trend that will keep up, especially as employers come to understand that these workers can lead to greater flexibility and resilience.
"Companies have become very comfortable using temp workers and contractors," said Scot Melland, president and chief executive of specialized technology, financial services and healthcare career website Dice Holdings. "Companies have once again discovered that they like the flexibility."
However, for all the benefits contract workers bring, there are also other factors that leave some cautious when it comes to temporary employees. For one, these individuals rarely receive benefits, and pay can be fixed at a low rate.
Still, overall, economists say the 26,000 contract jobs that were added last month is a good sign for hiring to come.
"It's good to see that start to pick up," said Keith Hall, a senior research fellow at George Mason University's Mercatus Center, adding that the sector still needs to add more to suggest robust job growth. "When you get it up to 50,000 a month, then you start to signal something like 300,000 jobs a month [overall]."
It's also worth noting that 10 percent of the jobs that were shed in the recession were contract positions, however these make up 25 percent of those that have been recovered, according to Washington D.C. Federal Governor Sarah Raskin.