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Temporary Employees Are Where Hiring Is Going

Posted March 26, 2015 & filed under Hiring Resources

Temporary Employees Are Where Hiring Is Going

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Over the last 6 years, temporary employees have stepped out of the shadows to become a larger part of the workforce. CareerBuilder reports that temporary employment services have grown 57 percent from 2009 to 2014, and it’s not just for clerical roles or day laborers.

Anyone from accountants and system analysts to developers and machinists can now be ordered to fit a business’ workload fluctuations and short-term niche projects. That has very far-reaching implications for the job market.

Which Roles Are Expected to See a Boom?

A recent CareerBuilder report shows just how pervasive the demand for temporary employees has become. Almost every discipline that General Employment Enterprises serves was included in some part among the hot occupations for temporary employment.

In fact, each of the following occupations is expected to increase their numbers of temporary employees between 2014 and 2019:

Computer Systems Analysts 19%

Accountants and Auditors 14%

Management Analysts 14%

Computer User Support Specialists 14%

Software & Applications Developers 14%

Machinists 13%

Expected growth of temporary employees in these occupations means a number of things for any business hiring them.

Keep an Eye on Recent Grads

First and foremost, the job market is going to require a greater volume of highly educated STEM graduates entering the workforce.

According to Inside Higher Ed, that’s already on track to happen. STEM program enrollment, attracting students who might have otherwise gone into professional fields (business and education). Savvy employers will keep their eyes trained on cutting-edge graduates as much as innovators already in the workforce.

Hunt Down Passive Candidates

Increased demand means higher expectations for temporary workers. STEM workers will need to have a larger, more specialized array of technical skills. Since niche skills can already be difficult to find, it will be far more critical for businesses to hunt down subject matter experts and passive candidates in diverse ways.

Hackathons can attract people with niche programming skills. Referrals from new hires can help you find passive subject matter experts. Recruiters, with the time available to search for you, can fine-tune their attention on specific searches for you. The successful acquisition of new talent is going to depend more and more on the resourcefulness of those hiring.

Whether or not you are already incorporating temporary employees into your team, now may be the time to do it. More businesses are poised to adopt this model and those who don’t may have a harder time locking down the increasingly flexible workforce. In the long run, those open position can cost your business thousands.

by James Walsh

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