Use of Contract Talent and Independent Contractors Growing, According to MBO Partners and HCI; Findings of Research Study Revealed in Live Webcast

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According to new research by MBO Partners and HCI, the segment of the U.S. workforce that includes contract talent, such as independent contractors, freelancers, and independent consultants, is growing at more than twice the rate of traditional employment. The study indicates human resources and procurement professionals will need to collaborate to manage contract talent strategically. Results will be discussed in a live webcast.

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As the workforce changes to reflect the emerging knowledge economy, organizations increasingly rely on contract talent - independent contractors, freelancers, and project-based consultants -- to augment and even replace their traditional workforce.

According to new research announced today by MBO Partners and the Human Capital Institute (HCI), the segment of the U.S. workforce that includes contract talent, such as independent contractors, freelancers, and independent consultants, is growing at more than twice the rate of traditional employment.

The study, released today by MBO Partners, HCI, and industry partners, examines the use of contract talent in U.S. organizations. Gene Zaino, President & CEO of MBO Partners, noted, "As the workforce changes to reflect the emerging knowledge economy, organizations increasingly rely on contract talent - independent contractors, freelancers, and project-based consultants -- to augment and even replace their traditional workforce."

The Contract Talent Research Practice Area at HCI, which produced the study, was formed to examine the use of contract talent and provide strategic thought leadership.

Over 90% of organizations surveyed use contract talent, and 34 percent said use has increased or increased dramatically in the past three years. The composition of the contract workforce is also changing in this economy; more than half are skilled consultants performing mission critical functions. The study indicates that human resources and procurement professionals will need to collaborate to manage contract talent strategically.

MBO and HCI will present the findings during a webcast, "The Role of HR in Contract Talent Management," at noon ET today along with executives from Guidant Group, Allegis Group Services, and TAPFIN. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the report. Request your copy of "The State of Contract Talent Management."

About MBO Partners
MBO Partners makes it easy for independent consultants and their clients to work together. With their Portable Employer of Record (TM) service powered by the MyBizOffice (TM) system, MBO Partners is the leading alternative to self-incorporation for consultants, freelancers, and independent contractors. For organizations that use contract talent, MBO Partners is the preferred provider of consolidated contractor payrolling, 1099 risk mitigation, and independent contractor compliance solutions. http://www.mbopartners.com

About HCI
The Human Capital Institute (HCI) is a catalyst for innovative new thinking in talent acquisition, development, deployment and new economy leadership. Through research and collaboration, their global network of more than 138,000 members develops and promotes creativity, best practices, and actionable solutions in strategic talent management. http://www.hci.org

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