Over the last year or so, the number of temporary jobs has skyrocketed, and it looks as though more companies are going to continue making use of staffing agencies like AtWork Group to fill their hiring needs.
In July 2013, Associated Press writer Christopher S. Rugaber wrote this article about the trend. We found some of the statistics within the article very interesting:
- Major companies are increasingly turning to temp and contract workers, freelancers, and consultants, such as Walmart, General Motors and PepsiCo.
- Nearly 17 million workers have a “tenuous” relationship with the companies they work for. That’s about 12 percent of everyone in the American workforce.
- Temporary employment climbed more than 50 percent between 2009 and 2013 – to the highest number since 1990.
- Last year, more than 2.7 million people were hired for temp jobs.
- Three-quarters of 37 economists surveyed last year believed that increasing temporary employment would be a long-standing trend.
- Sectors that don’t traditionally hire on a temporary basis are starting to – including law and medical offices, and information technology companies.
Continuing concerns about the economy, and the desire companies have to maintain flexibility with their workers are driving the trend. Many employers also want to avoid having to provide medical coverage under the new healthcare law – hiring temporary workers is one way to do that. Temporary workers also usually don’t require the high pay and benefits that permanent employees would.
This trend is likely to continue growing for the foreseeable future. If you’ve been thinking of investing in a staffing franchise like AtWork Group, now is the time. Contact us today to find out about our franchising opportunities.