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Industry Report: Who Uses The Most Contingent Workers?

Posted by Tara Jones

7/10/15 11:46 AM

It’s always interesting to hear what employee staffing issues are in businesses today, especially with the rise of the contingent workforce. Whether or not you currently meet staffing demands with your workforce, you might want to know what areas your competition is servicing. Check out this report on the industries and companies that are using the most contingent workers.

1. Assembly, Maintenance & Repair

These industries cover a wide array of skilled and unskilled labor. Team assemblers are those workers who accomplish tasks related to the production of an item, whether a completed product or a component. Maintenance and repair involves work conducted on equipment, machinery and buildings. These contingent workers perform such duties as plumbing, HVAC work, construction, factory equipment maintenance; electricians, however, form a separate group.

Top Companies: Airlines, marinas, construction equipment, supply chain production, telecommunications, energy, utilities and many more.

2. Healthcare Professions

With the U.S. population in general getting older and living longer, contingent staff is critical in healthcare. Registered nurses that provide specialized patient care and support are especially in-demand and many temporary workers are filling these positions. The field of nursing aides and assistants also includes contingent labor to offer basic care, especially for patients in long-term or assisted living facilities. In addition, home health aides are often independent contractors. An HHA visits patients at home to assist with routine care and hygiene tasks, as well as dispensing medications and changing bandages.

Top Companies: Hospitals, home health care providers, clinics, medical offices, chiropractic practices, wellness centers, assisted living centers and elder care facilities, among others.

3. Computer & IT Support

This group of contingent workers falls into two general categories:

  1. Computer support specialists assist businesses and their employees in their usage of IT solutions. They may be involved with installation, hosting, troubleshooting, customization or other areas of support.
  2. Computer programmers are more behind the scenes, writing code and developing solutions used by consumers, businesses and other entities.
Top Companies: Software developers; computer, laptop, tablet and smartphone manufacturers; aerospace solution providers; web designers and hosting providers; and, many more.

4. Manufacturing

Another industry that covers numerous types of positions for contingent workers is manufacturing; it’s also another area where skilled and unskilled labor is widely used. There’s proof that manufacturing is returning to the U.S., which means more job opportunities for such positions. Plus, more companies in this industry prefer to hire contingent workers over permanent employees because of the flexibility and financial benefits the position offers. Production supply and demand fluctuate and the procurement of contingent labor can easily be adjusted. More manufacturers are looking outside the traditional employment arrangement to fill the positions they need quickly

Top Companies: Food and beverage; textiles and apparel; wood, paper and printing; electrical equipment and appliances; petroleum, coal and energy; chemical, plastics and rubber; and automotive.

Of course, this list of industries that use the most contingent workers will change periodically: Many of these companies face seasonal and cyclical demands that cause fluctuations in staffing needs. Governmental regulations and the economy also impact workforce demands, causing many organizations to either boost or reduce their contingent personnel. As a business owner, it’s wise to know what industries use the most contingent workers. This can help you determine whether you should consider using contingent workers in your workforce.

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Topics: Contingent Workers, Industry News