20 Jun 2024

Navigating the Growing Complexity of a Global Contingent Workforce: Key Takeaways from Our June Members Meeting

Amidst the ever-evolving landscape of global employment, mastering the intricacies of a contingent workforce has become paramount for businesses worldwide. Our recent Members Meeting, themed "Navigating the Growing Complexity of a Global Contingent Workforce," provided an interactive session. Hosted by our Trusted Partner, People2.0, the event was well-attended and enjoyed by our members, who actively contributed to the conversations, making it an extremely engaging experience.  

Following the meeting, attendees enjoyed a networking session with drinks and nibbles. Here are three key takeaways from the event: 

1. Defining the Contingent Worker 

It is very clear that once a worker has been recognised as contingent or non-permanent the classification of that worker can be a huge challenge.  The risk and responsibilities associated with each type of engagement can be confusing and very different globally. The importance of getting the classification, workers' rights and culture is paramount and where an appropriate partner can really make a difference and provide an invaluable service. 

2. Insights into Current Market Trends 

The market for contingent work is growing rapidly, reflecting a broader shift towards flexible employment arrangements. It is projected that by 2024, the average contingent share of the workforce will be around 22%. This trend highlights the increasing reliance on contingent workers and underscores the need for businesses to adapt to this new norm by developing robust strategies to manage and integrate these workers effectively. 

3. Understanding Global Contingent Workforce Dynamics 

Navigating the complexities of a global contingent workforce involves several key considerations: 

Customers Seeking Total Talent Solutions:  In today’s dynamic business environment, clients are increasingly looking for comprehensive talent solutions that integrate both traditional and contingent workforce management. This holistic approach ensures that organisations can effectively meet their diverse staffing needs. 

Different Ways to Hire: There's no one-size-fits-all approach to hiring in the modern workforce. A diverse hiring strategy, encompassing various employment types, ensures flexibility and efficiency in talent acquisition. 

Gig Worker Complexities: The rise of gig workers presents both opportunities and challenges. While gig workers can offer specialised skills and flexibility, managing compliance and engagement is crucial to avoid potential pitfalls. 

Navigating Global Talent Pools: Sourcing talent from across borders introduces compliance complexities, such as understanding local regulations and employment laws. Companies must navigate these challenges to leverage the benefits of a global talent pool effectively. 

Impact on Hiring Across Borders: Hiring talent from other countries can be a strategic advantage but also adds layers of complexity. Properly managing these complexities is essential to foster growth and innovation without hindrance. 


During our highly interactive breakout sessions, members shared and discussed the real-world challenges their clients face when building a global contingent workforce and how they’ve helped them overcome these obstacles. 

The meeting underscored the importance of adapting to the growing contingent workforce and provided valuable strategies to navigate this complexity. As we continue to embrace a global, mobile, flexible, and remote workforce, the insights shared will be instrumental in guiding our path forward.