by Chad Brooks, BusinessNewsDaily Senior Writer
If you're looking for a temporary job, this could be your year.
Temporary employment has accelerated since the last recession, and new data from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) shows that the upward trend will continue throughout 2014. The research found that more than 2.9 million U.S. workers were employed in temporary jobs in 2013, jumping 28 percent since 2010 and outpacing the 5-percent growth rate for all jobs.
Additionally, 42 percent of employers reported that they plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2014, up from 40 percent last year.
"Coming off of a hard-hitting recession, companies want more flexibility in their workforce, to quickly ramp up and ramp down their businesses as needed," said Eric Gilpin, president of CareerBuilder's staffing and recruiting group. "Temporary workers provide that flexibility."
To help workers identify promising areas for their job searches, CareerBuilder and EMSI compiled a list of the fastest-growing occupations for temporary employment this year. Among jobs that pay in the middle-wage to high-wage range, the ones expected to see the greatest percentage increase for temporary job growth in 2014 are:
- Human resources specialists: 64,049 jobs in 2014 — up 4 percent
- Customer service representatives: 93,041 jobs in 2014 — up 3 percent
- Construction laborers: 75,183 jobs in 2014 — up 3 percent
- Administrative assistants: 71,573 jobs in 2014 — up 3 percent
- Registered nurses: 58,000 jobs in 2014 — up 3 percent
- Bookkeeping, accounting, auditing clerks: 30,257 jobs in 2014 — up 3 percent
- Maintenance and repair workers: 30,183 jobs in 2014 — up 3 percent
- Inspectors, testers, sorts, samplers, weighers: 28,178 jobs in 2014 — up 3 percent
- Heavy truck and tractor trailer truck drivers: 24,527 jobs in 2014 — up 3 percent
- Machinists: 23,182 jobs in 2014 — up 3 percent
- Sales representatives: 22,984 jobs in 2014 — up 3 percent
- Computer user support specialist: 17,895 jobs in 2014 — up 3 percent
The study shows that many of these temporary positions could lead to full-time employment. Of the employers hiring temporary workers this year, 43 percent plan to transition some of these employees into full-time, permanent staff positions.
"Temporary employment is growing across industries and metros, and providing great opportunities for workers to test drive different work experiences and network with employers," Gilpin said.
The cities expected to hire the most temporary workers this year include Grand Rapids, Mich.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.; Orlando, Fla.; Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.; and Memphis, Tenn.
The study's results are based on EMSI's extensive labor market database, which pulls from over 90 national and state employment resources and includes detailed information on employees and self-employed workers.
Originally published on Business News Daily.