I t’s time again for our weekly roundup, a way for us to keep our clients and followers well informed about important industry information and happenings that could affect their business.

Workforce Industry News for the week of September 30, 2013

This week in the workforce industry…

October Hiring to Rise, but Government Shutdown is Concern (via Staffing Industry Analysts)
“Hiring in the U.S. service and manufacturing sectors is expected to rise on a year-over-year basis in October with service-sector hiring rising for the 15th consecutive month, according to the leading indicators of national employment report released by the Society for Human Resource Management…. SHRM also released this week its jobs outlook report, which showed that 55 percent of respondents have some level of confidence in the U.S. job market for the fourth quarter of 2013.”

Independent Contractors – Keeping it Real (via Construction Citizen)
“Real independent contractors are easy to identify.  They are hired to perform a specific project, they bring their own tools, they have their own business cards, and they send you an invoice when the work is done… If you hire people to perform ongoing work for your company, tell them when to show up and what to do, those people are not independent contractors.”

Freelancing in America: Rise of the Contingent Workforce (via Fox Business)
“We live in an on-demand world where speed is everything and companies better be prepared to keep up, or get left behind… Modern companies are faced with moment-to-moment fluctuations in reaction to market demands that require quick decision-making and agility to adapt to new trends. But these characteristics are rarely seen in large organizations… To meet these new demands, companies are realizing they must change the way they view their workforce, and many are shifting toward a contingent workforce.”

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