I recently ran into Meryl Schoen, who was in a networking group with me about seven years ago. Meryl is a senior account exec who develops business for the temp/contract division at Green Key Resources. Meryl told me that she sees an uptick in the job market—the reason she sees that is because she is placing people faster than she can breathe, and candidates are receiving multiple offers.
So what is the big change?
Meryl places temps. She has always placed temps, but now she is placing temps for jobs that used to be direct-hire, and are now in the process of being restructured as temp-to-hire opportunities.
Companies are reluctant to make “permanent” hires today, at least right away. Plus, by hiring temps, companies don’t have vacation, retirement, and other expenses.
I see this as a trend that will continue in the form of temps and consultants. I also think this is an opportunity to utilize different human resources that were previously unattainable because of cost and commitment.
What do you think?
Robert Levin is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of The New York Enterprise Report. Levin has extensive experience with midsize and small businesses, having previously held CEO, CFO, and COO positions with companies in several industries. He is also a contributor for The Huffington Post. Levin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (212) 307-6760.