The gig economy is off and running, and CIOs are taking notice. The CIO Executive Council recently estimated that almost half of CIOs will employ gig workers in 2016.
Employing workers for a particular job can offer CIOs several advantages. Not only does it provide them access to hard-to-find tech talent, it also allows them to hire employees on an as-needed basis without a full-time commitment.
“Hiring gig workers allows companies to operate in a more agile manner,” said Andrew Engler, co-founder of Eagerto, a New York-based professional liability insurance platform and community for freelancers. “If a CIO wants to try something new, hiring a gig worker can be a great middle ground that doesn’t require the same money and commitment as hiring a full-time employee.”
The gig approach also enables both the employer and the employee to try each other out to ensure there is a fit—an opportunity rarely afforded when hiring a full-time worker.
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