Temporary Jobs to Grow Across Pay Levels

05.05.2016
HR & Safety

In an increasingly competitive market for skilled workers, hiring employees for temporary jobs can help businesses sidestep talent gaps and remain nimble.
New research from CareerBuilder and Emsi shows more companies will be tapping into this labor segment with temporary employment expected to add 173,478 jobs from 2016 to 2018—an increase of 5.9%.
The analysis was based on data pulled from more 100 national and state employment resources.
“Today, nearly 3 million people are employed in temporary jobs, and that number will continue to grow at a healthy pace over the next few years as companies strive to keep agile in the midst of changing market needs,” says Kyle Braun, President of CareerBuilder’s Staffing and Recruiting Group.
“Opportunities are opening up in a variety of occupations and pay levels, and this is a trend we’re seeing in a wide range of industries and company sizes.”
CareerBuilder compiled a list of fast-growing occupations for temporary employment from 2016 to 2018. The following occupations have at least 10,000 jobs available, are expected to grow 6% or more, and pay $15 or more per hour*:

Occupation Temp Jobs (2016) Temp Jobs (2018) % Change
(2016-
2018)
Median Hourly Earnings
Computer Service Representatives 98,574 104,311 6% $15.27
Administrative Assistants (exclud-
ing legal, medical and executive)**
69,627 73,931 6% $16.22
Human Resources Specialists 67,956 73,094 8% $28.02
Construction Laborers 46,488 49,226 6% $16.23
Registered Nurses 42,260 44,885 6% $33.28
Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks 28,124 29,878 6% $17.73
Computer User Support Specialists 24,218 25,664 6% $23.27
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 21,683 23,038 6% $19.15
Machinists 21,187 22,512 6% $19.38
Software Developers, Applications 14,731 15,624 6% $46.72

The following occupations have at least 10,000 jobs available, are expected to grow at least 6 percent and pay less than $15 per hour (but well above the federal minimum wage*).

Occupation Temp Jobs (2016) Temp Jobs
(2018)
% Change
(2016-
2018)
Median Hourly Earnings
Team Assemblers 166,057 176,639 6% $13.95
Nursing Assistants 32,143 34,133 6% $12.32
Personal Care Aides 27,217 28,813 6% $10.10
Substitute Teachers 27,155 28,973 7% $13.48
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 18,067 19,198 6% $10.50
Retail Salespersons 17,490 18,569 6% $10.34
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 15,300 16,248 6% $12.01
Security Guards 13,322 14,106 6% $12.27
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 12,863 13,644 6% $14.38
Telemarketers 7,636 8,082 6% $11.24

In a separate Harris Poll study commissioned by CareerBuilder and completed in December 2015, 47% of employers reported that they plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2016, up slightly from 46 percent last year.
Of these employers, more than half (58%) plan to transition some temporary or contract workers into full-time, permanent roles.
“Temporary employment benefits both sides of the labor market,” Braun Says. “Hiring temporary and contract workers helps companies stay flexible and adapt quickly to changing market demands.”
“For workers, it opens doors for those who want to utilize various skills, build relationships with different organizations and explore career options.”
*Median hourly earnings covers anyone working in that occupation whether they are temporary or full-time, permanent staff.
**Full category name is Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical and Executive

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