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Research: Gig economy set to grow

Half of HR decision-makers say companies will hire more temporary employees on a ‘gig’ basis by 2020, according to research.

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Businesses will increasingly recruit talent on a “gig” basis to operate more flexibly and bring in a more specialist range of skills. The research by Oracle reveals that nearly 40% of UK companies surveyed already hire most of their new staff on a temporary or project basis.


While HR decision-makers see the advantages of the gig economy, they are divided on who is responsible for training and developing contract workers. Forty percent believe gig employees should manage and pay for their own training, but the same percentage say the responsibility rests with employers.


For their part, workers in the UK have made it clear they expect businesses to step up in this regard. Only 11% believe contract workers are responsible for their own training and development, compared with 50% who say the obligation rests with the hiring company.


UK businesses may be split on their obligation to train contract workers, but they are aligned on the need to adapt their approach to the realities of the gig economy.


Raising one potential solution, 56% of HR leaders believe training materials should be made publically available to freelancers so they can develop the specific skills required to fill open roles.


Andy Campbell, HCM strategy director at Oracle, commented:


“Companies need a more fluid talent pool as new technologies disrupt their business models and the way people work. Equally, they need to make it easy for contract workers to add value quickly and collaborate with permanent team members. An open-source approach to training for contractors would make it easier to effectively on-board new people so they hit the ground running.”

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