Independent Contractors Gaining Foothold

The 2015 CWS Summit North America conference revealed current trends in the industry. One of the more pertinent trends was the change in use of independent contractors.

In the past, programs had avoided using independent contractors due to concerns of misclassification. However, many workers are now seeking independent contractor status as they no longer want to be classified as employees. The former means the individual is in business for him or herself, the latter means the individual is economically dependent of the employer.

Now the onus falls on staffing companies to understand how to bring in independent contractors in terms of legal matters, because these are the skill sets staffers need. It is thought that by equipping employers with the necessary information, will be able to stay well-informed on whether or not a worker is an employee or independent contractor.

The two main forces pursuing independent contractor status are IT and Creative Services.