Contingent Workforce Staffing

Contingent Workforce Staffing

The term “contingent workforce” at one time referred to a relatively small group of workers employed in temporary positions either through an agency or directly with the employer. In the last decade, the size and scope of the contingent workforce in the United States has expanded dramatically; it now includes many new forms of non-traditional employment, such as leased labor, temporary labor, contractors, etc.

Rising labor costs, especially those associated with workers’ compensation insurance, health benefits and unemployment taxes, have led to an increased use of contingent workers. Leveraging these workers can reduce these labor costs. This is especially so when partnering with a 3rd party human capital management (i.e. staffing) firm mainly due to the economies of scale that they bring to the table.

But what exactly is a “contingent worker”. Well, the term does not have a set standardized meaning; it is an umbrella term that describes many different types of employment scenarios, including:

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