The “gig economy” pool is expanding and we have our nets ready to scoop up the best talent for our clients. According to Forbes’ article “These Are The Highest Paying Jobs In The Gig Economy,” one in four Americans are part of the gig economy. These positions can start as temporary assignments and transform into permanent roles or consistent opportunities.
Research indicates a growing number of people want more flexible work hours as opposed to a 9-to-5 gig. The data doesn’t lie: According to Forbes’ “10 Great ‘Gig Economy‘ Jobs For 2017,” analysts have dubbed the trend the “agile economy” to describe workers’ transition from full-time employees to freelance guns for hire. Forbes cites a Randstad survey as evidence that the number of agile workers will continue to increase. Randstad surveyed 1,500 business executives and 3,160 workers, discovering that 11% of the participants have “full-time agile” positions. In addition, 39% of the full-time workers indicated they will likely accept a gig economy position in the future.
Freelance writers and independent contractors are a growing force in this market. Forbes predicts freelancers will make up an estimated 43% of the U.S. workforce by 2020. Clients still need candidates with traditional PR/Marketing experience. The digital space has fostered a growing need for more workers who can adapt to digital trends and tools. According Lynn Hazan, President of Lynn Hazan & Associates, “These positions allow our candidates to grow their expertise through a variety of projects,” Lynn continued. “These opportunities are a win-win for our candidates and clients.”