The labor market has undergone many fundamental shifts over the course of human history. The transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture, the transition from agriculture to widespread factory work, and the shift from industrial labor to the information economy represent some of the most important headlines in this millennia-old trend. Employers and HR professionals […]
As they struggle to fill open positions, employers may be frustrated to learn that the number of American freelancers has risen to an all-time high of 60 million people, according to Upwork. In other words, while it’s become increasingly difficult to fill traditional roles, there are more people willing to offer work on a temporary, […]
We’ve entered the Age of Acceleration—a time when change is happening faster and faster. As the workplace continues to move more rapidly, so does the market value of skills.
Freelancers have become a large part of the global workforce. According to one recent statistic, there are more than 56.7 million freelancers in the United States today. From a recruiter’s perspective, there are a few reasons why hiring freelancers makes sense. One study published by MRI found that a shortage of qualified candidates was the […]
We’ve been hearing about the tight labor market for some time now. With unemployment at historic lows, we’ve talked a lot about how hard it can be for companies to attract and retain top talent—it’s a seller’s market when it comes to labor.
A recent survey by Upwork called “Freelancing in America: 2018” confirms a trend towards workers moving increasingly into freelance and contract work. Today we are joined by Stephane Kasriel, President and CEO of Upwork, to discuss the results.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Zoe Harte, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Talent Innovation at Upwork to discuss the findings in their recently released Future Workforce HR Report 2018.
New research suggests you should consider freelancers.
Employers in an array of fields lament a shortage of talent. Sometimes employers are able to attract a flood of eager applicants, but few possess the skills and qualities needed. Other times, employers need people for special, short-term projects, and they don’t want to take on full-time, permanent employees to get the job done. No […]
by Zach Morahan and Shannon Kane New York City’s new “Freelance Isn’t Free Act,” which goes into effect May 15, requires written contracts for many freelance jobs worth $800 or more and provides for stiff monetary remedies if the hiring party tries to avoid paying the freelancer for work performed. Under the new law, a […]