The Megaphone of Main Street Small Business Jobs Report, Infographic #2: The Gig Economy

Business owners reported an increase in hiring in all categories of workers over the past six months, with the greatest growth in one-time project or gig workers (37%).

SCORE’s latest infographic explores the rise of the gig economy in small business hiring.

This infographic highlights the findings of part 2 of The Megaphone of Main Street Small Business Jobs Report.

47% of non-employer/solopreneur firms reported hiring other people part-time to help run the business, for an average of 3.2 workers, including the owner.

20% of businesses reported replacing employees (of any type) with contractors over the past six months.

During the last 6 months, hiring increased for:

  • Full-time employees at 13%
  • Part-time employees at 22%
  • Part-time independent contractors at 12%
  • Temporary help provided by agencies or contract firms at 3%
  • One-time project or “gig” workers at 37%

What has an impact on your decision to hire a contractor/temp worker versus an employee? The top five responses are:

  • 50.8% say specialized expertise
  • 41% say only have temporary or seasonal needs
  • 35.1% say don’t have the cash reserves to comfortably make payroll
  • 30.7% say cost of employee healthcare
  • 25.5% say it’s less expensive to hire a contractor/temp worker

In what business functions do you outsource to contractors? The top three answers are:

  • Technology (42%)
  • Accounting (41%)
  • Marketing (38%)

But employees bring benefits, too. Business owners reported that their top reasons to hire an employee included: consistency of work (57%) and a full-time worker’s commitment to the company, its vision and brand (53%).


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