The temporary job market is a reliable measure of growth, or decline, in the overall job market. Full-time hiring trends typically follow trends in the temp market, so when we see the temporary job market soaring, it is likely a sign that overall job growth is on the horizon.
As with the full-time job market, some parts of the nation have seen more growth and recovery in temporary jobs that others. Experts expect to see a growth rate of 20 percent between 2013 and 2018 in the temp help services industry, but in at least 18 of the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the country, growth in the industry is expected to exceed 20 percent.
According to CareerBuilder, these are the top 10 metros for temporary job growth between 2013 and 2018:
• Raleigh, NC
• Kansas City, MO-KS
• Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN
• Memphis, TN-MS-AR
• Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
• Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
• Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, CA
• Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN
• Jacksonville, FL
• Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
While most large markets in the country are expected to see growth in temp jobs, the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL and Virgina Beach-Norfolk-Newport, VA metros are expected to see a drop in temp workers.
Based on research by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International, career areas expected to see the most growth in these fastest growing metros include: nursing; computer user support specialists; sales and services; computer systems analysts; construction; maintenance; machinists; and secretaries and administrative assistants.
These occupations aren’t just growing, they also pay well. According to CareerBuilder, these occupations pay $15 or more in median hourly earnings (for both temp, part-time, and full-time work) .
If you are looking for a temp or temp-to-hire position, keep these trends in mind. Healthcare, technology, construction — these are all industries expected to see an increase in job openings in the next few years.
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