As the world becomes more digital and new innovations such as autonomous vehicles, electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, robotics and AI driven technologies emerge, organizations are turning to different staffing models to better compete in the fast evolving world of high tech and deliver these modern inventions. While full- and part-time employees are the standard, employers are rapidly increasing their use of contingent workforces to deliver more complex innovations.
A contingent workforce is one that uses on-demand employees as part of the labor force. It’s a broad categorization of labor comprising various employment categories. Most often, employers turn to specialized staffing agencies for contingent workforce management.
Contingent workforces work alongside full- and part-time staff. It is a staffing strategy to complement existing staff and address technical skills gaps or urgent needs.
It’s not just a trend, it’s happening now and here are some reasons why.
According to a Staffing Industry Analysts report, the contingent workforce has grown considerably. The average percentage of workers who are contingent is expected to grow to 29 percent by 2030.
There are many categories of employees that comprise the contingent workforce. They include:
Roles where you’ve struggled to find the ideal candidate are perfect candidates to use as a contingent worker. Who one chooses is based on the need and deliverables that support clients needs and strategies.
Where to find them? Often, engineering and other technical firms use contingent workers to fill highly technical, in-demand positions.
Looking for an example?
Consider the following contingent workforce example.
Your software engineering firm has a new client who needs a massive overhaul of their website and development of a new application quickly. The app launch has been set and is fast approaching, but your team is fully committed.
Your project manager and customer support staff have met with the client and developed the project scope. But you need a full-stack developer and web designer who can commit to the project.
You work with your strategic staffing partner to identify the skill set necessary and they recommend two professionals. Both have previous experience with the staffing partner and get rave reviews.
You bring the contingent workers on board to complete the project on time, on budget and to the client’s delight.
Finding the right candidates can be challenging, especially for highly competitive, technical positions. There are many options for you to consider:
While each of these sources may do the job, it can be difficult to find candidates quickly. Those times are when using a contingent workforce makes sense.
OSI goes beyond acquisition — we find the right talent, help prepare you for the hiring process, and make sure that you get the skills your team needs to grow and innovate.
We don’t simply fill positions, we become a strategic partner in building powerful teams that ensure speed-to-market and innovation in the critical areas that drive business success.
OSI Engineering has expertise in placing contract staff who are qualified, responsive, and ready. Using innovative technologies paired with years of experience, OSI Engineering delivers talented staff when needed most.
Our pools of technically skilled staff can help solve your most pressing staffing challenges. To learn more about how OSI Engineering can be your strategic staffing partner, contact us today.