IT Organizations Turn to Contingent Tech Workers

By Dennis McCafferty
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    69% of IT leaders surveyed think contingent labor is a critical component to the success of their company's business operations.

Technology organizations will increasingly turn to contingent workers to get critical IT projects done, according to a survey from TEKsystems. Whether called temps, contract workers or hired guns, this breed of professional often joins teams without expectations (and, quite commonly, without any intentions) of landing a permanent, full-time position. As for the results? It depends on whether you're asking an IT manager or staffer, as the latter gives far higher marks for a contingent contributor's ability to meet expectations and integrate into teams. "If there is one thing that IT professionals and their bosses can agree on, it is that the use of contingent workers is not going away," says Jason Hayman, market research manager for TEKsystems. "In fact, as organizations increasingly encounter the need for more specialized skill sets, the use of contingent workers will only increase. In order to be successful in the future, organizations need to build stronger workforce planning strategies that account for the influx of contingent labor into the workforce and ensure that talent management best practices are followed with every employee, regardless of their status." More than 1,500 North American IT leaders and professionals took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-06-03
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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