Mavenlink surveyed executives about their use of on-demand workers. To download the report: http://go.mavenlink.com/the-white-collar-gig-economy-four-workforce-trends.
Top findings include:
- 94 percent of business leaders plan to continue using or expand their use of skilled contractors for specialized roles in the next year.
- 79 percent of executives state leveraging contractors is a competitive advantage, citing an increase in agility as the primary benefit.
- 47 percent state they are looking to hire contractors to fill management and senior executive roles, including c-suite contractors.
- The two qualities leaders value most in potential contractors are specialized degrees (35 percent) and a decade or more of experience (29 percent).
- 69 percent of organizations have inadequate support structures and policies for managing on-demand talent, and 77 percent state they do not understand what changes are required to better manage contractors.
- 63 percent of full-time executives would switch to become a contractor, given the opportunity.
- Job security—not benefits—is the number one reason full time employees remain in their role. 62 percent of white collar workers prioritize security, while only 23 percent rate benefits as the most important.