In the not so distant past, freelancers were hired as part of a strategy to help control payroll costs. They often lived within close proximity of their employer and usually worked on a project basis.
Today, outsourcing to global freelancers has become the norm, but for very different reasons. Businesses need to fill in workforce gaps without compromising the quality skills they need – about 70% of U.S. businesses are now hiring national and international freelancers.
This recent data, taken from the Global Online Employment Report by Elance, showed that hiring for cost savings, is down 45% and businesses are hiring freelancers to fill skill gaps instead. The Elance study also showed that:
- 89% of businesses try to gain a competitive edge by hiring freelancers
- Half of businesses are hiring freelancers for long-term commitments
- Freelancers most in demand are data scientists, mobile app/software developers and online security professionals
No matter the quality or type of freelancer, every employer should protect against the various potential risks of legal actions relating to hiring them.
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