It’s hard to imagine we’ve been in the midst of the epidemic for over a year. Since March, I’ve been writing articles about how to modify company strategy, how to adapt to changing circumstances, how to stay successful with technology, and more. When I published my first essay on the pandemic in March, I never imagined the epidemic would still be as prevalent in our lives over a year later.

What has changed in the last ten months, however, are the opportunities that the epidemic has presented to the staffing business. Since March, a lot has changed, and businesses have reacted. In the industry, we’ve witnessed significant spikes and declines in demand. Among many other developments, we’ve witnessed a considerable increase in people working from home. We’re starting to see some of the long-term repercussions of these industry shifts on the workforce now. For the near future, one of these shifts will be the increase of temporary labour and flexible positions.

The Reason for the Increase in Temporary Jobs

There are various reasons why experts believe contract work will become more prevalent in the future. Temporary jobs have rebounded quicker than direct hire ones, according to the staffing sector.

Many occupations, such as temperature checks and contact tracers, have been introduced to the temporary workforce as a result of COVID-19. Currently, there is a high demand for positions aiding with the vaccination rollout, which might be a wonderful opportunity for staffing firms if they can find the necessary skilled personnel.

Aside from the COVID-19 positions, the pandemic has resulted in a rise in contract work demand in other sectors. Some businesses are still treading water and are hesitant to hire full-time personnel. Contract workers require less investment, which is beneficial during times of uncertainty and when businesses recover. Without the extra expenditure of benefit packages and other fees connected with a new full-time employment, the job can still be completed.

More people are turning to freelance labour to supplement their income after losing their employment due to the epidemic. According to an Upwork poll performed between June and July 2020, 36% of the American workforce has freelanced in the previous year. During the pandemic, 12 percent began freelancing (54 percent out of need) and 75 percent in quest of financial security. Eighty-eight percent of respondents polled stated they want to freelance in the future.

Workers, on the whole, are yearning for a more flexible work environment. More individuals want to be able to undertake a range of jobs and have more control over their schedule. According to a recent Monster poll, 92% of respondents believe now is a good time to investigate the gig economy. In addition, 57% of respondents indicated they would take a part-time work while looking for a full-time employment, and 52% said they would prefer a long-term contract with flexible hours.

All of these factors have contributed to the rise in demand for temporary workers. Whether it’s the demand for COVID-19 positions or the way the epidemic has prompted the workforce and employers to change their ways of doing things, the pandemic has pushed the workforce and businesses to change their ways of doing things. We’ve responded to these changes in the process, which has resulted in new prospects for both employees and companies.

The Reason for the Increase in Remote Work

There has been a surge in remote work, as we all know and have undoubtedly experienced at some point. Until March, I had never worked remotely on a full-time basis. Now that I’ve been working remotely for ten months, it’s become the new normal for me. It seems like such a long time ago when I recall the days when we all walked into the workplace. If they haven’t already, workers and employers are starting to feel the same way. Remote work has become the new normal, and it will continue to exist in some form.

Employers have realised that working from home is a viable option. Employees have been able to finish their jobs and, in some circumstances, have noticed an improvement in productivity. Operating expenses are likely to have decreased as a result of workers working remotely spending less money (no more café snacks, staff lunches, etc.). Employers will consider introducing more work-at-home options in the future and/or removing the need for an office altogether as a result of this. According to a Verizon poll, 86 percent of global organisations believe that after COVID-19, the digital workplace will coexist alongside the physical workspace, and 78 percent anticipate to grow remote working.

Employees have also become accustomed to working from home and desire to maintain it in some manner. This might mean coming into the office a few days a week or working full-time from home. According to a PWC poll, more than half of employees (55%) desire to work remotely three days a week or more.

However, remote work is not limited to full-time workers. Since the pandemic began, the staffing market has witnessed an increase in remote work from temps, and it is expected that this trend will continue post-pandemic. Employers that are accustomed to having temporary personnel on site have discovered that this is not always the case. The epidemic has shown that not all temp employment require employees to work on-site. This opens up a lot of doors for companies looking to hire temporary workers.