Why Hire an Employee or Contingent Worker?

picking worker“Why do you care?” That was the question posed by an Atlanta thought leader during a great discussion about the increased use of contingent workers. His point was “If you need the talent … take it however you can get it!” Another participant spoke up and said there are “three reasons to move forward with contingent workforce from a business perspective: cost, core competencies and flexibility. Balancing cost and productivity is the latest business focus.”

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With the use of contingent workers steadily growing since 2005 and significantly increasing as a percentage of overall workforce — 16 percent in 2012 and projected to grow to 18 percent by end of this year — some companies report up to 50 percent of their workforce is now contingent! What are your thoughts on this? When would you definitely use one — or the other — and how important is this decision?

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Kay Colson

Kay Colson
Kay Colson is VP, service delivery, Texas Children's Hospital, Kinetix. She can be reached at kcolson (at) kinetixhr (dot) com.

Kay Colson

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