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Professionals working at a table together talking business strategy
February 27, 2024 Read time: 4 minutes

For decades, staffing agencies have served as strategic partners for businesses of all shapes and sizes, offering myriad advantages beyond sourcing qualified talent — chief among them being liability. When working with a staffing agency, an organization doesn’t actually hire the worker. The agency does, and that employment status decreases potential liabilities for those organizations…

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December 1, 2023 Read time: 4 minutes

Today, companies are increasingly turning to direct sourcing as an approach to recruiting talent. However, to implement direct sourcing strategies successfully, organizations need to understand how to build strong relationships, use new technologies, and overcome some of the most common challenges associated with talent acquisition optimization via direct sourcing. Several best practices can help organizations use direct sourcing strategies to access far greater…

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Digital Navy Background
November 8, 2023 Read time: 2 minutes

A growing number of companies — 80%, in fact — are turning to contingent workers for even the hardest-to-fill roles, and the trend won’t likely go away any time soon, with 65% of businesses planning to increase their use of contingent workers in the next few years. Much of this trend is a direct result of labor…

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Woman working from home on multiple screens
November 3, 2023 Read time: 3 minutes

Picture this: Your in-house team lacks a specialized skill set that an upcoming project requires. You’re considering bringing an independent contractor into the mix to fill the void. It sounds like an obvious solution, right? Hold on! The path to engaging an independent contractor is fraught with complexities that you might not have considered. If…

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Photo of Dublin Bridge in Ireland
November 1, 2023 Read time: 4 minutes

Over the last few years, the number of companies making the decision to hire internationally has grown exponentially. For many, the reason comes down to money. Companies can often save on payroll while still hiring qualified talent at a fair wage when sourcing overseas. Others go this route as a means of expanding their talent pools. Without…

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City skyline of Canada
October 20, 2023 Read time: 4 minutes

Hiring is complicated enough when you’re only dealing with one country; start crossing borders, and you open your business up to a host of challenges and considerations. Employment laws vary from country to country and state to state, bringing a number of differences that affect types of contracts, rules on paid leave, termination notices, and…

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woman in glasses talking on virtual call with german flag on desk and whiteboard behind her
October 11, 2023 Read time: 4 minutes

Over the last few years, businesses have adopted more strategic sourcing funnels to seek talent. Contingent workers, or contract workers, are one component that’s become increasingly critical for engaging labor with the skills and expertise needed to meet operating requirements. Many companies actively source these workers overseas to further expand their talent pools. Due to its…

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September 5, 2023 Read time: 1 minutes

In today’s competitive talent market — where the rate of quits increased by 2.6 percent from April to May 2023 and employers are feeling pessimistic about talent availability in the next five years — companies that rely too heavily on traditional talent acquisition might find themselves missing out on top talent. This is because traditional…

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August 2, 2023 Read time: 4 minutes

Navigating the various rules surrounding the engagement of independent contractors can be a daunting task for companies in general. If you then add to that the complexity of operating in multiple jurisdictions, that will be enough to leave even the more seasoned professionals feeling quite overwhelmed by the numerous restrictions and requirements they must observe.…

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Man laying in bed doing taxes on his laptop
April 3, 2023 Read time: 4 minutes

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent lockdown orders, millions of jobs have become at least partially remote. From 2021 to 2022, in fact, the number of employees who chose to work remotely rose by 24%. What’s more, more than 60% of companies implemented some form of flexible work. Because work-from-home jobs…

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