The new year is here and companies have already assessed what their 2015 staffing needs will be. For an employer of record, this is an opportunity to understand what openings their clients will have so that they can recruit qualified temporary workers who possess the requisite skills to fill these positions.

According to CareerBuilder's 2015 U.S. Jobs Forecast report, there are a number of business areas planning to increase their payrolls. This could include a mixture of temporary and permanent hires, but for an employer of record, it's more important to identify the roles that a client will be looking to fill in order to strategize and develop a sound recruitment plan.

Thirty-six percent of companies responding to the CareerBuilder survey stated that they would be looking to hire candidates to work in sales. Given the many positive signs that the economy is on the upswing, it makes sense that organizations will look to staff people in these roles.

In order for companies to bring on more staff members, they need to justify the additions by generating more revenue. This is the primary function of the sales department of any business, and these individuals are a crucial component to business growth.

Customer service will be another department where companies will look to expand. Thirty-three percent of CareerBuilder survey respondents revealed their intention to strengthen this crucial department. Consumers are the backbone of any business, and keeping them happy should always be a top priority.

Other areas where organizations will look to bring on more staff is information technology, production and administrative services professionals. An employer of record will need to be mindful of this information to develop a proactive recruiting strategy and have contractors onboarded and ready to go when clients call in looking for supplemental help.

The temporary workforce will continue to expand
While the economy continues to improve and businesses once again look to hire candidates in a permanent capacity, contract workers will still be a viable part of the economy. Forbes cited a survey conducted by Express Employment Professionals, a supplemental staffing agency, that found there were approximately 17.7 million temps active in the U.S. in 2013.

By 2018, that number is expected to grow by 6.3 million, bringing the total number of contract workers to roughly 24 million individuals. This is an ideal time for an employer of record to begin building its roster of workers who are eager for an opportunity to prove themselves as there will be a number of openings for them to do so, especially if they possess the talent that an organization will find attractive.

"There's opportunities out there that aren't being fulfilled," Robert Funk, CEO of Express Employment Professionals, told Forbes. "We certainly have a skills gap, there's no question about that. Some of it goes to the education system, some of it goes to people who have decided not to keep looking."

Whatever the reason there is that open positions exist, temporary workers have an opportunity to fill these holes and secure employment for themselves that will put them on a path toward being hired on permanently. 

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