Employers should not ignore the rise of the ‘gig-economy’
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Umbrella company contractors might be interested to learn that a recent report has urged employers not to ignore the significant growth that has been seen recently in the gig-economy sector.
The advice, given by Alexander Mann Solutions has come as a direct response from Mercer’s 2017 Global Talent Trends Study, where it was revealed that despite as many as 77% of permanent workers saying that they would consider working on a contract basis, HR leaders said that they don’t expect the gig-economy to have any sort of impact on their business over the next 24 months.
Lisa Forrest, Global Head of Internal Talent Acquisition, at Alexander Mann Solutions, said, “As Mercer’s study shows, the disconnect between the intentions of employees and business leaders around the rise of contracting as a career choice is stark. Consequently, organisations which do not recognise the rise of the flexible workforce risk finding themselves in a situation where they are unable to access the skills their business needs to thrive.”
“The rise of the ‘gig-economy’ is encouraging a more ‘Uber-esque’ approach to recruitment – and workforce planning strategies must respond to reflect this. Employers who embrace the rise of the flexible workforce will benefit from being in a position to bring on board specialist skills to help manage demand without the burden of permanent headcount costs. Those who ignore the rise of the gig-economy do so at commercial risk.”