Half of firms set to hire more gig workers

 

Organisations are set to increase their recruitment of gig workers in order to operate more flexibly and bring in a range of specialist skills, according to research by Oracle.

The research found almost 40% of UK firms already hire most of their new staff on a temporary or project basis, and half plan to hire more temporary workers by 2020.

However, while the research showed HR decision-makers acknowledge the advantages of the gig economy, they are divided on who is responsible for training and developing contract workers. Two in five respondents said they believe gig employees should manage and pay for their own training, but the same percentage felt this responsibility rests with employers.

Gig workers themselves expect businesses to improve in this area. Only one in ten (11%) believe contract workers are responsible for their own training and development, compared with 50% who say the obligation rests with the hiring company.

Andy Campbell, HCM strategy director at Oracle, said: “The way we develop talent needs a rethink if UK businesses are to stay on top of their projects and recruit skilled candidates on shorter notice.

“HR leaders who are already playing a more strategic role in the boardroom will now be tasked with finding new ways to match the right people to the right jobs at the right time.”

Oracle pointed out that while businesses are divided on their approach to training contract workers, they are in agreement on the need to adapt their approach to the realities of the gig economy.

Suggesting one potential solution, over half (56%) of HR leaders said training materials should be made publically available to freelancers so they can develop the specific skills required to fill open roles.

Campbell added: “Companies need a more fluid talent pool as new technologies disrupt their business models and the way people work.

“Equally, they need to make it easy for contract workers to add value quickly and collaborate with permanent team members. “An open-source approach” to training for contractors would make it easier to effectively on-board new people so they hit the ground running.”

Thursday, 2 February 2017

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