Contingent Workforce

A growing proportion of today’s workforce is “non-traditional,” meaning they work for outsourcing firms, are contingent employees, consultants or gig workers. As employers invest more time and money in their employees’ experience, more HCM technology vendors are designing and developing systems that allow companies to manage their people in a unified way, whatever their status. The challenge goes beyond technology: It involves culture, collaboration between HR and Procurement and a retuning of management’s mindset. And, it involves every aspect of people management, from talent acquisition and engagement to workforce strategy.

Businesses that want to leverage their workforce as a true strategic asset should include contingent workers in their overall strategy. Otherwise, they won’t take advantage of the skills, knowledge and energy that’s come along with their complete talent pool. Organizations that take such a holistic view outperform competitors that follow...
Background screening firm InfoMart launched Career Wallet, an app that works much like a smartphone’s digital wallet does for retail purchases. With it, users can compile, verify and share information such as employment history, education qualifications, online courses and skills training through their phone. After users build their profile on...
Vendor management system provider Beeline introduced what it calls an “extended workforce platform” to help businesses manage and optimize their contingent workforce. The platform takes an approach that is less spend-focused and more “talent-centric and intelligence-driven,” Beeline said, and is designed around the specific dynamics of managing an external workforce. “The...
SAP Fieldglass launched External Talent Marketplace, a free platform that connects employers and staffing agencies when they need temporary workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Available through Dec. 31, 2020, the marketplace is available whether or not organizations are customers of Fieldglass. External Talent Marketplace is meant to provide a single place...
Upwork has enhanced its enterprise capabilities to help large companies identify and hire contingent workers. The platform is designed to simplify the tasks involved with centrally managing a remote workforce strategy while accessing talent. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a range of companies have shifted to remote work....
Alexander Mann Solutions announced Hourly, a platform that helps employers identify and hire hourly workers. The product, the first which the company has built for itself, offers a mobile-based, conversational-style interface. The company said the product’s genesis began with its acquisition of Karen HR in 2019. Karen HR developed a “cognitive recruiting assistant”...
Employers shouldn’t expect regulatory pressure to ease up any time soon, according to compliance professionals at Paychex. The company believes that employers next year will face changes at all levels of government on issues ranging from worker classification to privacy and, of course, nuts-and-bolts tasks such as W-4 and overtime rule changes. Some of these...
Bullhorn launched a new version of its marketplace that includes resources for building customer technology stacks, an increased focus on enabling its teams to develop partner solutions and a new web site. The company said the new Bullhorn Marketplace offers staffing firms more than 100 pre-built integrations. Its support team validates...
Workforce management platform provider Workforce Logiq has acquired ENGAGE Talent, which delivers predictive analytics and AI software. Through the acquisition, Workforce Logiq customers will gain access to proprietary benchmarks and real-time intelligence to use in their recruiting efforts. Workforce Logiq CEO Jim Burke said ENGAGE’s products will give customers “an analytical advantage to make...
Weeks after Uber focused a whiff of attention on gig technology by launching a pilot of its Uber Works platform in Chicago, the space continues to simmer with fresh funding and new entrants. We say a “whiff” of attention because the continued growth of gig technology and services has become an accepted...