The latest round of employment data from the Bureau of Labor statistics show that the number of contract positions across the country rose by 30,800 last month, pushing the trend in upward growth that has been going on for months deeper into the spring quarter, Staffing Industry Analysts reports.
According to the news source, contract staffing has been on the incline since October, and on a year-over-year basis, contract jobs were 184,200 higher in April 2013. The group revised its overall data for March upward, which included a 9,300-position jump in contract jobs to a total of 20,300.
Staffing analyst Bruce Steinberg recently compiled years of national data to identify which areas are seeing the best growth in the contract staffing industry, and found that North Dakota had the highest growth rate in the country. The state saw 21.8 percent growth in contract positions in the first three quarters of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, while Arizona's rate came in second place with growth of 16.5 percent. Throughout the country, the number of contract jobs increased 7.2 percent.
This pickup in contract staffing has been reported all over, which many experts say bodes well for overall hiring, according to The Sacramento Bee.
A recent report conducted by the California Employment Development Department, titled "Help Wanted Online," found that among all online job postings in March, the majority were for contract positions. Technology-focused staffing company Aerotek, for example, was among the top firms in March, posting 158 positions in the Sacramento area alone. Positions included software engineers, electrical engineers and others in technical fields.
According to the news source, local market analyst Rick Reed said the report suggests employers are showing demand for new workers, but they're also demonstrating hesitancy in bringing permanent workers on.
Reed went onto explain how employers are increasingly seeing the benefits of taking a "try-before-you-buy" approach to hiring. This allows them to see not only if a candidate has all the necessary skills to thrive in a particular position, but if the individual can fit in with the company culture, which is quickly being recognized as a major aspect of the right hire.