4 Things Companies Must Do Before Hiring Contingent Workers

By Brenda Do

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If you’re thinking about hiring a contingent worker, the question isn’t if, but when. And that time is coming sooner than you may think.

One reason is because the talent pool is becoming shallower, especially if you are filling tech roles. The ratio of unemployed Americans to open jobs is a low 1.4 to 1. It’s worse for roles involving digital and big data where technology is moving faster than we can keep up.

  • 1.3 million software jobs opened last year, and it’s estimated nearly 513,000 remain unfilled
  • 73 percent of businesses with <1,000 employees are having a hard time finding tech employees

What’s more, many of the professionals you need are rejecting traditional jobs for the life of a freelancer. Nearly 4 out of 10 workers in the U.S. are freelancers. That’s a 55 million strong workforce—and it’s growing.

What is a contingent worker?

Before going further, let’s clarify what a contingent worker is. Contingent workers are people who only work on a project or temporary basis. This label applies to all workers of any skill type or experience level.

The workforce includes a large variety of workers from temporary employees provided by an outside staffing agency to freelancers and other independent contractors.

An agile way to stay competitive

In our fast-paced, tech-driven world, contingent workers can provide companies significant flexibility and advantages. Many companies make this workforce part of their growth strategy.

One large web hosting company wanted to drive additional revenue by creating a new add-on service—affordable website design. Needing a cost-effective way to create and test different designs, the company built a virtual team of 70 freelance website designers. Customers enjoy the new service because they can get a modern website within 72 hours for a low cost. The company enjoys a new revenue stream, another way to attract new customers, and more revenue per customer.

Hiring contingent workers can provide so many advantages, over half of employers admit that’s how they plan to get more done. For greater success, consider these four tips.

4 things to do before hiring contingent workers

1. Brainstorm use cases
There are numerous ways contingent workers can help companies grow by expanding market reach, taking advantage of customer trends, and so much more. That’s why before you engage freelancers, think beyond getting help for typical projects.

A leading university built an eLearning platform in three months, within budget, and with a single staff member. How? By using remote talent to complete the entire project, and by bringing on highly experienced talent at the right time. They brought on project managers, developers, added continuous integration and deployment capabilities, had an expert manage the code acceptance, and had a usability expert transform the design in under four weeks.

One tech company engages users by innovating constantly, and by responding quickly to user trends. New ideas flow at a rapid pace and usually require fast execution at high-quality levels. To keep up with their many projects, they hired Go to the full article.

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