The Contingent Workforce Will Increase by 179% in Ten Years

The Contingent Workforce Will Increase by 179% in Ten Years

According to the 2018 Future Workforce HR Report released this month by Upwork, we’re in for some fast and furious growth among the contingent workforce. More than 1,000 U.S. hiring managers, including over 200 HR managers were surveyed and 91% report that in order to combat skills and worker shortages, they have begun adopting more agile talent strategies.

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Flexibility Is The New Full-Time

Flexibility is the new full time

The gig economy may seem like it’s still among the latest financial trends, but in fact, it’s already starting to evolve into its next form: on-demand labor. And that doesn’t stop at ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber, delivery services like Grubhub and Postmates or odd job services like TaskRabbit. On-demand labor could change the entire retail industry as well — and the shift has already begun.

There are several companies working to transform the scheduling experience for retailers employing hourly workers, all the way from low-skilled positions like bussing tables up to high-end specialized retail staff in categories like fashion, beauty and cosmetics.

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These 8 Retailers are OPENING stores in the US

While news about the retail industry has had the spotlight on the demise of the larger chain stores, smaller, previously e-commerce focused brands are prime for a takeover of brick-and-mortar locations. These brands know the value of having in-person interactions with their customers and, instead of sticking to online only, are actually expanding into retail offerings around the country.

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67% of E-Commerce Brands Have Opened Physical Stores

While you may only be hearing about the doom and gloom of the retail industry lately, there is actually an interesting phenomenon happening behind the scenes. Dozens of popular e-commerce brands are actually opening brick-and-mortar stores and making the move into an interactive, omnichannel experience for their consumers. All in an effort to create a new type of ‘connected retailer’.

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Top Tips for Managing & Financing a High-Growth Staffing Company

Staffing Company

By Scott Winicour, President of Gibraltar Business Capital

Staffing companies, particularly those with a strategic niche such as IT, medical, industrial or warehouse staffing, are positioned to thrive in the current business environment, which supports outsourcing employees rather than bringing full-time employees on board.

A common question that is often asked by small and mid-market businesses including staffing companies is how can business owners successfully manage and finance growth while steering their business and focusing on day-to-day operations?

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How Technology Can (and Will) Solve Outsourcing-Related Issues

The gig economy, though continuously evolving, is not going away. Each day it becomes more obvious that things need to change because the inefficiencies of business hold us back. A top priority for all companies in the next few years needs to be to adjust to the realities of the business world. Those companies that use technology to appropriately position themselves for adaptation in the future are those who will have a competitive advantage.

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The Number of Americans Working for Themselves to Triple by 2020.

There’s no denying it, career success to most Americans no longer means just climbing the corporate ladder. Long gone are the days of staying at one company with your entire tenure. Now more than ever, Americans want flexibility and self-employment as a way to create the freedom to control their career in an otherwise unstable economy. Just how many of us want self-employment? A projected 42 million.

In a new survey released this week by Freshbooks, the number of Americans working for themselves looks to triple—to 42 million people—by 2020. The survey, conducted with Research Now, finds that Americans who already work for themselves are very content to keep doing so, with 97% of independent workers (up 10% from 2016) reporting no desire to return to traditional work. Of the next 27 million independent workers, 42% will be millennials.

Read more on Quartz.com 

5 Reasons Why 2018 is the Year That On-Demand Staffing Goes Mainstream.

On-Demand Staffing Mainstream

On-demand staffing, the idea that companies can engage their staff only when they need them and where they need them, is poised for a breakout year in 2018.

Pioneered by Uber, refined by many technology-enabled staffing platforms, who provide on-demand services to consumers, the game is now shifting to where the real action is, corporate America.  Imagine that you run a retail chain, and instead of relying on each store manager to add staff when your stores are busy, the system automatically sends out push notifications to staff based on sales by hour increases and that staff can be targeted by those with the highest employee rating, closest distance, and immediate availability to work?

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