Temporary Jobs To Grow Over Next Five Years

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Do you have job commitment phobia? Are you reluctant to sign on to a full-time staff position? Or are you in between jobs and need a temporary job in the meantime? Well then CareerBuilder has some good news for you. Temporary employment is on the rise.

When the recession ended and companies looked to slowly rebuild their workforce, temporary help services were among the first industries to add jobs. Temp work rose 15 percent from 2009 to 2010 and 57 percent from 2009 to 2014. According to a CareerBuilder study, temporary jobs are expected to grow 13 percent over the next five years, which equals more than 350,000 jobs. In addition to that, a separate CareerBuilder and Harris Poll study reported that 46 percent of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2015. Approximately 3 million people are employed in temporary jobs today.CareerBuilder looked at temporary jobs that paid both less than $15/hour and more than $15/hour. The temp jobs with the greatest amount of growth that paid less than $15/hour were home health aides, gaming dealers, childcare workers, restaurant cooks, substitute teachers, and retail salespersons.

Among occupations that pay $15 or more per hour, computer systems analysts, accountants and auditors, management analysts, and computer user support specialists saw the most growth in temporary employment.

And where are the leading metro areas for temporary jobs? Mostly major manufacturing cities. Memphis, Grand Rapids-Wyoming, and Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, are the leading metros with the highest percentage of temporary jobs in relation to overall employment.

"The outlook for the temporary hiring industry remains strong, even as the recovery for full-time, permanent employment picks up," said Ryan Hunt, Senior Career Adviser at CareerBuilder. "This is especially true in certain areas of information technology. Companies hire high-skill, well-paid temporary contractors in programming and computer systems because while their skills are essential for meeting business goals, their projects don't always mandate year-round employment. The same dynamic exists for many finance and health care occupations, as well."

CareerBuilder based their study on data from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl (EMSI), the company's labor market analysis division. The data was pulled from over 90 national and state employment resources.
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