New report details fastest growing temporary jobs

04.09.2013


New report details top sectors for temporary job growth.
New report details top sectors for temporary job growth.

A new report from CareerBuilder has outlined the fastest-growing jobs being filled by temporary staffing agencies. The list suggests that anyone seeking such positions may want to contact such a firm, as these services have become a wildly popular option for both job seekers and employers.

The report noted that 40 percent of employers expect to bring on contract employees in 2013, compared with the 36 percent last year. What's more, about 42 percent of employers who plan to take on contract workers say they will add them to their permanent payroll. 

CareerBuilder compiled the list to help job seekers find several specific positions that are increasingly being performed by temporary employees. 

"More companies are turning to temporary and contract workers to meet evolving market demands and quickly scale up their businesses," said Eric Gilpin, President of CareerBuilder's Staffing and Recruiting Group. "For job seekers, it's a great way to build relationships with employers and expand your resume, and is often an in-road into permanent placement within firms."

One of the fastest-growing temporary jobs is that of a computer programmer, who writes code and develops software programs. Currently, 11,487 temporary workers are employed in these positions, and in the last two years, 1,821 of these temporary jobs have been added in in the U.S., marking a growth of 19 percent during the period. 

Electricians were also ranked among the fastest-growing temporary jobs in the country. These workers are responsible for installing and maintaining electrical systems. The report noted that 7,657 temporary electricians are currently employed, and between 2010 and 2012, 1,245 people started work in this position. This marked some of the strongest growth, at 19 percent. 

Computer support specialists also made it to the list, with 16,197 people working as temporary employees and 2,574 jobs being added in the last two years. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment for maintenance and repair workers is expected to rise by 11 percent by 2020, as there will be new demand from more building and real estate construction.