Temporary Hiring Trends in 2017 and Beyond

January 26th, 2017 Comments off
Temporary Hiring Trends in 2017 and Beyond

The new year has ushered in a renewed focus on the nearly 3 million-strong temporary workforce continuing on a growth trajectory as a result of the increasingly competitive talent market and shifting labor force.

According to CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast, the demand for temporary labor is projected to remain strong as employers strive for greater flexibility in their staffing needs. More than half of employers (51 percent) have divulged their plans to hire temporary/contract workers in 2017, an increase from 47 percent last year. Moreover, nearly 2 in 3 (63 percent) intend to transition some temporary/contract workers into permanent roles this year, up from 58 percent last year.

Where Are Temp Jobs Growing?

According to a CareerBuilder nationwide survey of employers looking at temporary hiring in 2017, industries that are trending above the national average — which is 51 percent — include:
• IT (75 percent)
• Manufacturing (59 percent)
• Large health care organizations (56 percent)

If you extend that out to a three-year projection — from 2017 to 2020 — 199,639 new jobs are expected to be added in the temporary help services industry, which amounts to a solid 7 percent growth, according to Emsi data.

Here’s a sampling of some of the fastest-growing temp jobs over the next three years (2017-2020).

Occupation Temp Jobs (2017) Temp Jobs (2020) % Change (2017 – 2020) Median Hourly Earnings
Software developers, Applications 18,157 19,443 %7 $47.68
RNs 41,419 43,752 %6 $33.83
Accountants and auditors 10,353 11,077 %7 $32.40
HR specialists 48,076 51,054 %6 $28.45
Machinists 19,621 21,569 %10 $19.63

Furthermore, the duration of temporary assignments is also expanding.

According to a Harris poll conducted for CareerBuilder, when employers were asked on average how much longer temporary/contract assignments were at their firm compared to pre-recession,

      • 17 percent said six months or longer
      • 27 percent said three months or longer
      • 55 percent said one month or longer
How It Impacts You

Today’s employers are increasingly turning to temporary hiring when structuring their workforce, as it affords them the ability to remain flexible and agile in their staffing needs and therefore scale up their businesses with ease. They oftentimes look to temporary hiring as a vehicle to be able to test drive candidates to better determine which ones are best suited for permanent placement.

As the demand for temporary and contract jobs across all industries, company sizes and geographies continues to expand for the foreseeable future, so does the need for staffing and recruiting services to support it. You can capitalize on this opportunity by creating a pipeline of recruiters who will be ready to hit the ground running and help your clients expand their businesses.

CareerBuilder, in partnership with the American Staffing Association and Capella Learning Solutions, has launched the RightSkill recruiter program aimed at creating a new supply of job-ready, entry-level recruiters for the staffing and recruiting industry.

Learn more about RightSkill and how you can secure a pipeline of job-ready recruiters.

Kyle Braun is the president of the staffing and recruiting group at CareerBuilder. A thought leader in the staffing space, Kyle is a regular speaker at major industry events providing exclusive research and advising staffing firms on the latest news and trends shaping the industry.

47% of Employers Plan to Add Temporary or Contract Workers in 2016

January 25th, 2016 Comments off

While certain trends are decidedly “out” for 2016, temporary and contract hiring is most definitely still “in.”

According to CareerBuilder’s 2016 job forecast, 47 percent of employers report they will add temporary or contract workers this year, up slightly from 46 percent last year. Of these employers, 58 percent plan to transition some temporary or contract workers into permanent roles in 2016.


In this recovering yet still delicate economy, many employers have been relying on temporary hiring, which allows for a more flexible workforce — one that can be staffed up or staffed down depending on the state of the business.

If you’ve ramped up your temporary or contract hiring recently with the goal of eventually hiring some of those workers full time, be sure to think long term when screening candidates. Look for candidates who are not only “Mr. Right Now” but could eventually be “Mr. Right.” And make sure to ask them about their employment goals. If they aren’t looking for anything other than a temporary position, you should know that upfront so you don’t invest in someone who doesn’t have long-term potential.

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Temporary Jobs Will Grow 13% Over the Next 5 Years

March 9th, 2015 Comments off
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Temporary employment is expected to increase by 3 percent (75,384 jobs) from 2014 to 2015 and 13 percent (354,877 jobs) from 2014 to 2019, according to a new CareerBuilder study based on data from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl, CareerBuilder’s labor market analysis arm.

That’s good news for anyone in or looking to fill temporary jobs because the number of people employed in such positions today is almost 3 million, and is expected to grow.

Some of the fast-growing occupations expected to add temporary jobs from 2014 to 2019 include home health aides, gaming dealers, childcare workers, cooks/restaurant and substitute teachers.

Eric Gilpin, president of vertical sales, CareerBuilder, outlined the significance of this trend:

“Temporary employment will continue on an upward trajectory as companies look for ways to quickly adapt to market dynamics. Two in five U.S. employers expect to hire temporary or contract workers this year, which opens new doors for workers who want to build relationships with different organizations and explore career options.”

What does this mean for you?

Temporary help services was one of the leading sectors to add jobs once the recession was behind us and will continue to be a significant source of employment in the years to come.

Some employers are still exercising caution when it comes to full-time permanent hiring, and use temporary employment as a way to “test before they buy.” If you’re hiring in an industry that’s in constant flux or you’re unsure about your company’s long-term employment needs, take a look at temporary workers to see how they can help meet your company’s strategic and financial goals.

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