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Temporary workers hired more often in 2014

Posted on July 10th, 2014 Read time: 2 minutes

A recent survey by CareerBuilder found that 33 percent of managers surveyed plan to hire contract or temporary workers. This indicates growth in the industry of 2 percent. On an industry level, information technology plans to hire the greatest number of people, followed by those in financial services.

"The results of this year's survey are indicative of a more assured employer population compared to 2013 when companies were, to some extent, irresolute when it came to adding permanent staff," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.

It is no surprise that many managers plan to hire workers for the IT department. Information technology is currently experiencing a dearth in the number of workers, leading many to be harried by their employers on their vacations, according to Computer World. A great way to take care of this problem would be through hiring temporary workers. With temps, employers can hire as many part-time workers as they need, growing or shrinking along with the economy. Additionally, if there is a special project, temps can be hired for a short time to make the work go faster and more easily than if employers had hired someone full-time.

This is a far better option than contacting IT professionals on vacation, and asking them to take what CW calls a "vacation from their vacation."

"It was pretty intense. It became just a regular workday — I just wasn't in the office," recalls Michael Adler, vice president of engineering and enterprise mobility for Symantec. "The availability of technology allowed me to do it, but it's not healthy. I literally lost a Friday of my vacation week and I was supposed to be on the beach."

Stressed out employees might make mistakes and hurt business.

Another option for streamlining companies
If companies can't afford to hire temps to take on extra work, they might consider streamlining their other departments, by hiring HR outsourcing services, for example. Through this method, they are freeing up resources to hire temps or permanent workers in more important, money-making divisions of the business.

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