Good News for Contingent Workers: Survey Finds Healthy Staffing Trends

By Staff Reports

(DGIwire) – Americans looking for work in 2018 may find some recent news encouraging. In addition to plans to hire permanent employees during the year, just more than half of companies—51 percent—will hire temporary employees, according to an annual survey released by the employment website CareerBuilder.

An increased reliance on temporary labor will characterize the year’s hiring trends, as companies work to maintain flexibility in their workforce and test-drive candidates for permanent roles. The percentage of employers that plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2018 is on par with 2017, and 64 percent of these employers plan to transition some temporary or contract workers into permanent roles in 2018.

One interesting question is how quickly and easily those roles can be filled. According to the CareerBuilder survey, 45 percent of HR managers currently have jobs they cannot fill because they cannot find qualified talent, and 58 percent report that they have jobs that stay open for 12 weeks or longer. At the same time, the survey suggests, employers will have a harder time holding onto current employees, with 40 percent of workers planning to change jobs in the New Year.

“As companies gear up for the challenges of attracting and retaining the best talent available this year, they are likely to find that these tasks now involve a significant increase in the level of time and expertise they require,” says Rebecca Cenni, founder and CEO of Atrium Staffing, which is focused on providing permanent placement and contingent workforce solutions for mid-size and Fortune 500 companies in nearly every industry. “These organizations may find it beneficial to partner with an external agency that has a proven track record when it comes to identifying and onboarding talent.”

As CareerBuilder reports, low unemployment paired with lagging labor force participation and a growing skills gap is making it very difficult for companies to find qualified candidates. For employers to remain competitive, they are going to have to look to new talent pools and significantly increase their investment in training workers to build up the skills they require. Specifically, says CareerBuilder, employers may start courting college students early to find talent, and increasing their outreach to workers who know their business and have a history with them.

Atrium may offer valuable assistance in these and related tasks, thanks to the company’s expertise in regional Temporary and Direct Hire Staffing, national Payrolling Services, national Independent Contractor Engagement and Intern Program Design. The company has extensive experience matching the right candidates for a range of positions within a variety of industries.

“Partnering with an experienced talent management firm can help a company seamlessly fulfill its staffing needs,” Cenni adds.

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