Gig Economy is on the rise! More and more candidates are stirring away from traditional employment to flexible employment practice. As the numbers of gig economy workers have increased, so has the number of companies introducing new contingent positions.
However, few businesses and recruitment companies are still reluctant to accept the changing employment marketplace because of certain assumptions about gig economy workers.
Let’s take a quick look at these assumptions below.
There are many myths concerning the gig economy workforce. However, the most notable ones that prevail in everyday thinking are:
Despite the above-listed assumptions prevailing in common thinking, a study carried out by SHRM and SAP Successfactors indicated that they couldn’t be further away from the truth.
A research carried out by SHRM and SAP SuccessFactors, involving over 1700 interviews, brought stats into light that debunked these assumptions.
Another survey carried out by iCIMS, involving 1000 US gig workers, reported following numbers:
Summarising the truth about gig economy:
The above surveys show that it is important to look past these assumptions and take notice of the gig economy. Make efforts to understand it, recognise the driving force behind its growth and find ways to leverage it for your business.
Thanks to the rise of the gig economy, there is a gradual yet significant shift in the staffing methodology. Many large and mid-sized enterprises are opening up to the idea of transforming permanent positions into contingent ones.
At QX Global Group, we understand that recruitment and staffing agencies must find a way to remain a valid option for candidates as well as businesses in this growing gig economy landscape.
Rather than dreading this change, staffing segment should consider this as an opportunity to solve the serious need of companies eyeing gig workers. Of course, to achieve this, they need to transform their operational framework and approach recruitment and staffing from a fresh perspective.
Using new tech to match the supply and demand of candidates is one way to do it. There are several recruitment agencies and RPO bodies in the market already that use artificial intelligence (AIs), robots and automation tech to streamline the hiring and talent management process. Automated processes such as electronic onboarding, shift scheduling, and attendance tracking go a long way in optimising business processes for the staffing agencies. Such integration can keep the processes scalable and fluid, enabling the businesses to better cope with the gig economy landscape.
In terms of talent sourcing, the sourcing experts and recruiters must approach candidates differently and focus on skills, rather than titles or designations.
While the approach towards recruitment practices may vary, most recruiters will agree that the gig economy is bound to have a significant impact on the staffing and recruitment industry. You must make sure that you are adequately prepared with an approach towards hiring gig economy workers for your clients.
Need help? You can also opt to partner up with end-to-end RPO service providers to ease the hiring stress. At QX Global Group RPO UK Service, we provide strategic recruitment process outsourcing support from India, covering full-time as well as contingent positions, to staffing agencies spread out across the UK.
Originally published Jan 06, 2020 12:01:28, updated Nov 16 2023