The GigaOm Research report The modern workforce part 3: a changing culture of work (paid subscription required) covers the shift to what they call the "3D Workforce".
They describe this as a decentralized, discontinuous and distributed workforce. By this they mean work is:
- increasingly distributed across geographically dispersed workers, different parts of companies, and different companies.
- often done discontinuously as a series of short-term, time shifted projects.
- done in a decentralized manner with little organizational infrastructure and oversight.
One of the more interesting findings from their study is how often traditional employees interact with temporary or contract workers.
As the report chart below shows, almost 25% of traditional employees report they work with freelancers on a daily (10%) or weekly (13%) basis. Half of all employees interact with temps at least occasionally.
This clearly shows the growing importance contingent labor is playing.