Amid financial turmoil, the economy has struggled to improve. However, job growth from one important sector, the contract staffing industry, has helped fight both unemployment and underemployment.
More than 2.91 million people are employed by staffing companies every business day, according to the American Staffing Association – that's nearly three million people involved in the industry. In addition, a total of 11.5 million contract employees are hired by staffing firms every year, 80 percent of them working full time.
Contract work provides a valuable service for companies looking to hire but may be unsure of the current job market as four out of five clients believe staffing firms provide a good service in finding people who can become permanent employees.
Among other benefits of contract work, the staffing industry offers opportunities for workers to find their way to permanent employment, according to the Association. The merits are recognized by workers, too, as 88 percent of contract employees believe temporary or contract work made them more employable overall, the Association's numbers revealed. They also found another 77 percent believe it's a good way to obtain a permanent job.
Flexibility a growing desire among workers
Some critics say that the lack of structure for contract employees should be a deterrent, but many workers believe differently, as the added flexibility and choice in projects and daily work is seen as a plus. Two-thirds of staffing employees say their job decisions were based on their choice of assignments, while 23 percent prefer the shifting responsibilities of contract work to traditional employment, according to the Association's figures. A third of staffing employees said they enjoy the challenges different jobs present.
In honor of American Staffing Association's National Staffing Employee Week being celebrated this week, we want to recognize all those who make an impact to our nation's workforce and economy as a contract worker. Contact us to learn more about Aerotek's job opportunities and staffing services.