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What’s causing employers to hire more temporary workers?

September 3, 2013

Kforce was recently featured in the news discussing the difference between part-time and temporary work, as well as the benefits of working as a consultant. Watch the video above! 


What’s causing employers to hire more temporary workers?

  • With the economic and regulatory uncertainty that has been prevalent the past few years, employers are becoming more sophisticated in managing their workforce by utilizing temporary and contract workers as a larger percentage of their workforce. Specialized roles, such as those in information technology and finance and accounting, are also becoming a major driving force behind the hiring of temporary employees.
  • Temporary staffing provides these employers with the support they need on project efforts, allowing them to control costs, manage results, as well as helping to reduce the concern around the economic and regulatory uncertainties. 


Isn’t part-time and temporary work the same?


Temporary roles and part-time jobs are two very different things.

  • The first misconception is that temporary employees are part time. In actuality, most temporary workers have an 8-hour per day assignment and that assignment timeframe can average anywhere from four months to more than a year.
  • Another common misconception is that temporary employees do not have benefits. However, many staffing firms like Kforce offer consultants benefits including medical, dental, 401k and other benefits typically associated with permanent jobs.  


What are the benefits of being a temporary worker or consultant?


Temporary work offers a variety of benefits including that these professionals can become more marketable for future positions.

  • Temporary workers can learn new skills and are many times exposed to new technologies and environments, which can stand out to a potential employer.
  • Temporary roles offer flexibility. For example, you may have the option to work on an assignment for six months and then take a one month-long vacation before being placed into your next role.
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About the author

Rachel GrannanRachel Grannan is a client development manager at Kforce Inc. in Tampa, FL. She assists hiring managers in identifying and placing top talent for contract, contract-to-hire and permanent roles in Technology and Finance & Accounting. Rachel is a graduate of the University of South Florida, with a B.A. in Communications. Connect with Rachel on LinkedIn.

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Comments (9) -


Daniel United States
10/24/2013 2:43:28 PM #

I do not  have a problem with contract work but unfortunately the majority of companies require contractors to work at their locations, which can proof to be rather difficult for some, especially with a family, a house etc.

If companies were to offer the ability to work from home, where possible, even in a one-week-a-month-in-the-office-and-the-rest-of-the-month-home-office sort of arrangement, I'd sign up for contract work.

evans owiti

evans owiti Kenya
10/24/2013 3:15:17 PM #

Most people employ  temporarily or short term employment  so as to cut cost on  taxes while a voiding   comment to the law while paying low wages for short  contracts

George McConnaghey

George McConnaghey United States
10/24/2013 3:32:59 PM #

I agree as it allows the Company to control costs and the temporary employee to determine if it is a good fit should it be offered as a permanent position.


Carlos United States
10/24/2013 3:37:59 PM #

Excellent, but; If I've applied for a temporal jobs, for to obtain new skills and experience, How I can to get  job, If the recruiter give me experience.

Greg McDonald

Greg McDonald United States
10/24/2013 6:47:45 PM #

That's great for those who want to work only for a specific period of time and such. But for us who actually are looking to make a career out of things rather than just a job, it doesn't work.. An employer will look at it and see you bouncing from job to job and pass you over for someone with a more solid job history

Thomas Carroll

Thomas Carroll United States
10/24/2013 8:49:40 PM #

Temporary work is ok, I guess, but when you need a steady income, temporary work just doesn't cut it. I'm trying to subsist on Social Security, and getting a  position that is only good for 6 months to a year isn't going to give me any peace of mind because it will end soon and then what do I do? I need something, even part-time, that will be something I can depend on. Temporary just isn't good enough.


marquis United States
10/24/2013 10:26:10 PM #

How do you explain temporary and part time in one sentence? I see that a lot in job ads. I am finding out how employers only want to hire professionals for temp work not anyone who doesn't have work experience.


Adrian United States
10/25/2013 10:00:22 PM #

Working as a Temp may not be the perfect fit for everyone. Even if you are open to the idea you still have to consider the pro's & con's like you would a regular job. One thing I noticed is that this article did not mention "Temp to Perm positions". Many companies are using temp services to find potential employees who they choose to hire later - once they know if the person can do the job & will fit the position. I have had 2 jobs that started that way (one I temped for 4 months then was hired & worked there for 7 years!). Ask your recruiter about these types of jobs if you are looking for a permanent position.


Gwen United States
10/27/2013 8:20:10 AM #

I think it depends on the temp service and the employer you are temping for. My first experience in a temporary position was awful. I worked for 1.5 years and then they hired 5 new people and wanted me to train them but, refused to hire me. Needless to say I left the position the Friday before I was to start training the new employee's. They also treated me like an outsider and I wasn't allowed to go to meetings or wasn't informed about things happening in the company.
Since then I am now on a 6 month contract through a different temp agency and I love the position and working with my associates. From the attitude and positive comments I believe I will be hired as a permanent employee when my contract is up.

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