5 Reasons To Hire Flexible Talent

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Having a hard time finding the right employee for the job? You may be looking at the wrong group of candidates. According to recent reports, hiring within the flexible job market has steadily increased over the past 12 months. In addition, employers plan to hire more flexible workers this year than any other year before.

So, why is it in your best interest to consider flexible workers?

This infographic, compiled by Hourly (an employment network that quickly matches people who are interested in flexible positions with the right opportunities), illustrates why the flexible talent pool is the group to watch. Some noteworthy takeaways:

  • 40% of employers plan to hire temp workers this year, and more than 80% plan to increase their flexible workforce;
  • 25 million Americans work part-time, 20 million telecommute, and 10 million are independent contractors;
  • 39% of temporary workers will transition into full-time jobs.

If you’re an employer, what role do flexible workers play in your talent strategy? Or, if you’re on the other side of the table, as part of the flexible workforce, tell us how flexible options have helped or hindered you.

Check out the full infographic below, and share your thoughts in the comments section!

What do you think? What are some other reasons to hire flexible workers?

(Image Credit: Nicole LaPointe-McKay)
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Heather Huhman

Heather Huhman

Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for organizations with products that target job seekers and/or employers. She is also the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle (2011), #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.Visit Heather at http://www.heatherhuhman.com.


  1. These stats paints a clear message why flexible work hours are becoming more attractive. What I like about flexible work hours is that I can adapt my work hours around other responsibilities at home and I feel more productive and energy focus at work. Great visual graphic.

  2. Flexible work is a big deal because it’s more closely aligned with how workers across the generation want to live their work lives. They want control over their careers, and to do work they love. So Heather-we agree it’s a group to watch. Look out for MBO’s 2013 report on independent workers, including some new stats on freelancers. I’ll think you’ll find it fascinating. If you’d like a sneak peek, just let me know!

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