Lot's of recent news about the continued growth of the contingent workforce, which is the term the corporate world uses for what we call the independent workforce - freelancers, contractors, independent consultants, temps, etc.
Recent articles on this topic from the corporate point of view include:
1. Aberdeen Research reports that 26% of the average company’s workforce is contingent. This is up from the 24% they found in last year's study. Both studies focused on larger companies.
2. Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) is reports that employers of contingent workers should expect to pay more due to increasing demand.
3. Also from Staffing Industry Analysts is an article on their new certification program for contingent workforce professionals. The program is targeted at people who manage contingent workforce programs at corporations. Creating a new program like this shows SIA is convinced this is a growing field.
4. Workforce is reporting that staffing industry revenues are growing faster than expected in 2012 due to the increasing demand for temporary workers.
5. What You'll Need to Know to be the Boss in 2020, from Forbes, examines what it means to be a manager when many of your workers is contingent.
6. GigaOm looks at the future of contingent workers hired and managed online.
Large corporations are moving rapidly to expand and better manage their contingent workforce. They see this group as a strategic asset that will grow in scope and importance.