On the DCR blog, we keep talking about contingent work and how the use of contingent workers is growing exponentially. Contingent work programs owe their growth to some industries more than others, and for obvious reasons, the automobile industry is among them. From losing 6 million workers between 2000 and 2010, manufacturing is seeing a resurgence, yet workers are hesitant to believe that the good times are here to stay.
The manufacturing industry, of which automotive industry is a part, always found contingent workforce programs offering them an ideal solution to increase production levels on demand as well as build a pipeline of future hires. Instead of being the last resort of companies looking to reduce labor costs, contingent workers today bring in industry-specific training with them to help streamline the operations of any manufacturing company looking to enhance its workforces, without compromising its agility and increasing its costs.
How does the contingent workforce help the automotive industry?
Manufacturing has advanced beyond traditional, manual jobs to embrace advanced manufacturing methods, required specialized skills which require proper training. The only way a company can access the skills it requires from workers is adopting a collaborative approach which ropes in the community colleges to design specialized training programs which meet their specific needs. This supportive environment surrounding the automotive industry bodes well for its prospects in the United States.
If you’re in the automotive industry, what trends do you see regarding the contingent workforce?
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