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2013 will be the ‘Year of the Contractors’, says new report

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According to a new report by Elance, it has been predicted that 2013 will be the year of the contractor.

Elance, a platform for online work, predict that companies of all sizes will hire twice as many online workers this year.  According to the research, hiring online results in cost savings, faster time-to-hire and access to top talent that is not locally available.

The Elance Global Business Survey found that 85% of small business respondents said that hiring online would provide them with a competitive advantage.

Elance have also predicted that more students will be emerging as ‘solopreneurs’, as figures revealed that 1 in 4 university students will work online this year.

Despite the current economy, contractors are thriving compared to the permanent sector, so it comes as no surprise that more and more students and graduates are turning to contracting as a career choice.

While building their future, many students are choosing to continue contracting after graduating, so that they can travel and explore other opportunities while earning a stable living. 

CEO Fabio Rosati commented: “The staffing industry is ripe for disruption and the fundamental drivers of online work’s growth – instant access to high quality talent, speed of hiring and cost savings – align with business needs of all sizes. When you pair the category’s fundamentals with recent trends on Elance, it’s clear that online work is primed for explosive growth in 2013.”

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