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More Workers & Companies Interested in Contract Work

BY IN employer news, staffing trends On 16-07-2015

More Workers & Companies Interested in Contract Work

The job market is changing.  Increasingly, employees want to own their careers.  They are seeking flexibility and choice; workers no longer want to be shackled to a 9-5 job.  The Star Tribune recently published an article that discussed this trend; the article, titled: Is the future of working in going solo? More companies and workers are saying yes  cited an uptick in the number of American’s who are self-employed.

In 2013, 23 million people were self-employed, according the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s up 1.2 percent from the year before and up about 24 percent from 2003.

 Star Tribune

The changing landscape

Several factors contribute to the rise of self-employed and contract workers, including:

  • Technology
    Working remotely has never been easier.  Technology advances, like high-speed internet access and secure VPN connections, allow people to be productive while working from home or a nearby cafe.


  • Affordable Health Insurance
    The Affordable Care Act makes health insurance more accessible.  This means Americans are no longer completely reliant on their employers for quality health care coverage.  If workers choose to go solo, affordable health insurance plans are available.


  • Cultural Shifts
    The old school way of doing things was for employees to work 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday, 50 weeks out of each year.  But, experiments with flexibility and work-from-home hours have paid off for companies.  These new, agile management methods can’t be ignored.  Offering contract work is a great way for companies to minimize over-head costs, and it’s a great solution for employees who are seeking a healthier work/life balance.


Want to try working differently?  Turn to staffing agencies.

Staffing agencies are a great resource for employers and contractors alike.  Agencies bridge the gap between the two groups.  By reducing search and qualification time, staffing agencies create value for companies.

At food company Cargill, Michael Balay hires independent contractors with specialized skills to manage projects, such as combining groups of workers inside the company. Balay, who is a vice president of strategy and business development, has increasingly turned to hiring agencies.

“It cuts the search and qualification time down,” says Balay. “It’s way easier now.”

Star Tribune

Let us help

Are you a contractor looking for more flexibility and an improved work life balance?  Don’t hesitate – send us your resume, and let’s schedule a time to discuss your options!

Employers; are you intrigued by the idea of reducing over head costs while maintaining productivity?  Let’s discuss how we can help!

Read the full Star Tribune article here.
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