It wasn’t that long ago that your career use to be tied to one company until retirement, but today’s workforce has vastly changed. It’s not uncommon to switch companies or jobs every few years, an occurrence that doesn’t phase HR recruiters when they see a resume in their inbox.
Labor patterns are changing even more with the prominence of freelancers flooding the job market with their killer skills.
A freelancer is defined as an independent contractor retained for a short period of time to complete a specific task. Freelancers are often hired at scale and their expertise spans many industries — from creatives, to tech, administrative support and clerical, or specialized consultants.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, freelancers currently make up 10% of the workforce, with a prediction that between 2012 and 2022, self-employment will increase another 3.6%.
But, do freelancers really have much influence on the labor market overall? Our answer? Absolutely!
Below are four ways freelancers have changed recruiting and staffing: