Deloitte's The Open Talent Economy suggests the traditional employment model is giving way to a networked model that consists of a "portfolio of full-time employees, contract and freelance talent, and, increasingly, talent with no formal ties to a company at all."
Key quote from the article:
The classical employment model—vertically integrated companies hiring full-time employees to work eight- to nine-hour shifts—has given way to a new approach: the open talent economy—a collaborative, transparent, technology-enabled, rapid-cycle way of doing business through networks and ecosystems.
This new talent model consists of 4 broad categories of talent that are increasingly being mixed and integrated as needed to produce goods and services.
The chart below (from the article) describes each of these categories.
The Deloitte article is targeted at larger organizations, but we see the same talent trends happening in both the small business and solopreneur spaces.
We just got the data back from our annual survey of independent workers (freelancers, independent consultants, self-employed, etc.). It shows about 25% of these "solopreneurs" aren't really solo - they hire contingent labor on a regular basis.
We'll have more on this topic in September when we release the 3rd annual MBO Partners State of Independence report. To see last year's report, click here.