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Survey: Temp Employment to Grow Faster Than All Jobs Through 2025

4 Nov, 2019


Forty-two percent of people picking up temporary work take on at least two gigs per week and new research shows they will have even more opportunities to choose from. Temporary Help Services is the largest category of gig employment and serves as a bellwether for broader growth trends. A study by TrueBlue and Emsi projects that Temporary Help Services employment will grow to more than 3.2 million jobs by 2025, an increase of nearly 254,000 jobs (8.5 percent) from 2019. This compares to 6 percent growth for all U.S. jobs from 2019 to 2025. 
 
The study is based on Emsi’s data, which is aggregated from state and federal employment sources. The analysis focuses on Temporary Help Services workers who are employed by companies as well as self-employed.
 
Key Findings:
Temporary employment has been growing steadily for the last several years as the U.S. recovered from the last recession. Nearly 480,000 jobs were added from 2012 to 2019 with companies seeking more flexibility in how they staff and workers seeking greater control over when and where they work. 
 
While temporary employment is relatively balanced among age groups, the majority (57 percent) of people working temporary assignments, or gigs, are ages 35 and older; 18 percent are ages 55 and older. The number one reason why people say they want to take on gig work is to earn extra income followed by the desire to get their foot in the door with a company.2 
o 24 and younger – 16 percent
o 25 to 34 – 27 percent
o 35 to 44 – 21 percent
o 45 to 54 – 18 percent
o 55 and older – 18 percent
 
Los Angeles, CA (adding 13,466 jobs), Dallas, TX (+13,435 jobs), Chicago, IL (+12,944 jobs), Grand Rapids, MI (+8,997 jobs) and New York, NY (+8,718 jobs) are the top five metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) projected to add the largest number of temporary jobs from 2019 to 2025.
 
Supply chain-related jobs continue to dominate the list of fastest-growing temporary occupations from production to transportation and customer service.
 
“How companies and people look at work is different today, likely inspired by the memories of a casualty-ridden recession and the emergence of new technologies that make it easy to connect in real time for on-demand employment needs,” said Patrick Beharelle, CEO of TrueBlue. “Gig employment will continue to grow in popularity as more companies choose to reduce fixed labor costs to stay nimble and workers gravitate toward flexible work experiences that fit their lifestyles.”
 
“The labor market continues to be tight, and businesses are using many avenues to find the talent to keep their competitive edge,” said Rob Sentz, Emsi’s chief innovation officer. “This analysis indicates that gigs and other forms of temporary employment are a viable way for people to enter the labor market and for companies to quickly locate talent.”  
 
The fastest-growing temporary occupations from 2019 to 2025 include:

Occupation

Temporary Employment

2019

Temporary Employment

2025

Temporary Employment

Growth  

2019 to 2025

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

544.450

598,077

53,627

10%

Helpers – Production Workers

96,191

120,900

24,709

26%

Packers and Packagers, Hand

124,098

136,565

12,467

10%

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

57,429

62,958

5,529

10%

Human Resources Specialists

54,746

60,156

5,410

10%

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

47,951

52,613

4,662

10%

Office Clerks, General

118,404

123,016

4,612

4%

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

46,843

51,356

4,513

10%

Registered Nurses

45,155

49,637

4,482

10%

Construction Laborers

44,767

49,120

4,353

10%

Substitute Teachers

40,318

44,375

4,056

10%

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

40,813

44,807

3,994

10%

Customer Service Representatives

91,746

95,475

3,729

4%

Software Developers, Applications

20,902

24,150

3,248

16%

 

1 and 2TrueBlue’s October 2019 survey of more than 4,000 U.S. gig workers. 

 

 
 
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