Puerto Rico needs $95 billion to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. Texas is looking at $131 million in flooding and storm damage following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and California is up to $9+ billion in fire damage.
All told there were 15 major weather events in the United States in 2017, each costing $1 billion or more. Those figures don’t take ancillary costs into consideration either. Natural disasters mean social services increases, education losses, unemployment benefits, medical expenses and more. But there is a bright side emerging.
“FEMA has already filled hundreds of temporary positions to help rebuild communities,” noted Rebecca Henderson, CEO of Randstad Sourceright. “Job openings for contingent talent have also spiked in the construction and hospitality sectors,” she continued, “and we expect to see similar demand from the engineering and environmental sectors.”
The value of having on-demand talent available to respond to immediate needs is clear. In fact, contingent talent is increasingly important in our nation’s integrated workforce.
Read the full article in The Atlantic to learn more about how this valuable talent pool is supporting recovery efforts, and then visit our managed services programs (MSP) stream to read about more contingent talent trends.
About the Author
Rebecca Henderson is CEO of Randstad Sourceright. Rebecca brings more than 20 years’ experience in all facets of talent acquisition solutions and technology. With deep insights and progressive perspectives, Rebecca steers Randstad Sourceright’s global development to ensure HR and talent leaders can play a strategic role in driving growth locally, across regions, and globally. Rebecca is a highly regarded leader in the talent management field and was most recently recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts in “The Global Power 100 – Women in Staffing” list.Follow on Twitter More Content by Rebecca Henderson