The hiring surge in contingent labor accounts for 15% of all job growth nationally from 2009 - 2013, even though the industry accounts for a relatively small portion of the nationâ€™s workforce.
And in some metropolitan areas, the share of job growth that can be credited to the staffing sector is much, much higher.
More than 2.9 million U.S. workers were employed in temporary jobs in 2013, jumping 28% since 2010 and outpacing the 5% growth rate for all jobs.
Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) stated in this post that since 2009, the contingent labor sector accounted for 65% of the job growth in Cincinnati, 51% in Milwaukee, 46% in Kansas City, and more than 40% even in bigger metros such as Chicago and Philadelphia.
According to new data fromÂ CareerBuilder and EMSI, more than 2.9 million U.S. workers were employed in temporary jobs in 2013, jumping 28% since 2010 and outpacing the 5% growth rate for all jobs.
Among occupations that pay in the middle-wage to high-wage range, and are expected to see the greatest percentage increase for temporary job growth in 2014 are:
|TOP OCCUPATIONS FOR GROWTH IN TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT IN 2014||TOTAL TEMP JOBS 2013||TOTAL TEMP JOBS 2014||% CHANGE 2013-2014||MEDIAN EARNINGS PER HOUR1|
|HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALISTS||61,642||64,049||4%||$26.83|
|CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES||90,215||93,041||3%||$14.70|
|BOOKKEEPING, ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING CLERKS||29,326||30,257||3%||$16.91|
|MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR WORKERS, GENERAL||29,260||30,183||3%||$16.93|
|INSPECTORS, TESTERS, SORTERS, SAMPLERS AND WEIGHERS||27,305||28,178||3%||$16.57|
|HEAVY AND TRACTOR-TRAILER TRUCK DRIVERS||23,760||24,527||3%||$18.37|
|SALES REPRESENTATIVES, SERVICES, ALL OTHER3||22,300||22,984||3%||$24.45|
|COMPUTER USER SUPPORT SPECIALISTS||17,351||17,895||3%||$22.32|
In a separate CareerBuilder and Harris Poll study, 42% of employers report theyÂ plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2014, up from 40% last year. Of these employers, two in five (43%) plan to transition some temporary employees into full-time, permanent staff.
"Coming off of a hard-hitting recession, companies want more flexibility in their workforce to quickly ramp up and ramp down their businesses as needed. Temporary workers provide that flexibility," said Eric Gilpin, president of CareerBuilder's Staffing & Recruiting Group.