Prospects for Temp Workers Look Good in 2012

February 24th, 2012

As the U.S. economy begins picking up steam again, businesses are cautiously hiring more employees. That’s good news for anyone seeking work, but the best news may be the job outlook for temporary workers in 2012. Consider some uplifting statistics:,

  • According to the research firm Staffing Industry Analytics, businesses plan to expand the volume of temporary labor they use by 26 percent in the next two years.
  • A Harris Interactive survey of more than 3,000 hiring managers and HR professionals, recently released by CareerBuilder, indicates that 36 percent of companies surveyed will hire contract or temp workers this year, up from 28 percent in 2009.
  • Temp workers are staying in their jobs longer – an average of 13.8 weeks – according to the American Staffing Association.
  • Forecasts for holiday/seasonal hiring look good, says the National Retail Federation. It predicts retailers will hire up to 500,000 seasonal workers in 2012.

What does all this mean? Keeping a close eye on the strength of the recovery, companies are looking for short-term help rather than risk wholesale hiring of permanent employees. They’re also facing a transformed talent pool as laid-off and unemployed workers build new careers as temps, contractors, consultants and freelancers.

These options appeal both to young workers, who like the mobility and freedom of temp work, and retirees who want to keep working in a limited capacity.

There are plenty of compelling reasons to consider temp work as an option. Here are just five:

  1. It gives you purpose and activity every day.
  2. It gets you in the door. A temp assignment can lead to a full-time position.
  3. It fills gaps in your resume.
  4. It keeps your skills sharp.
  5. It expands your professional network. You’ll make plenty of new contacts in your temporary assignments – contacts that can pay off down the road, especially as referrals for future positions.

Learn more about how Meador Staffing can help you find the ideal staffing position – temporary or permanent.