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  • Writer's pictureNick Andriacchi

Where to Skate? More on the Jobs Outlook for 2024

Updated: Feb 15

"I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” – Wayne Gretzky

In the dynamic landscape of the current job market, the above quote by "The Great One" serves as a guiding principle for predicting the greatest increase in demand for contract staffing in 2024.


This is not your parents talent market. As industries rapidly evolve, technology continues to spearhead transformative changes. The surge in demand for professionals with expertise in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, STEM and data science is expected to grow 2024. Companies are increasingly recognizing the pivotal role of these technologies in gaining a competitive edge. However, given the fast-paced evolution of these fields, organizations may opt for a more agile and adaptable workforce.

Demand for STEM skills spills over into manufacturing as well. According to a study conducted by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, it is projected that by 2030, the manufacturing skills gap could lead to approximately 2.1 million unfilled jobs in the U.S.


Contract staffing can emerge as the strategic response to this demand. Technology spending should increase this year (after 2 years of lackluster spending in this area) and employing temporary professionals with specialized skills in AI and data science allows companies to add head count without long-term commitments. As technology becomes integral to various sectors, cybersecurity expertise is another niche area driving the need for temporary staffing.


The 2024 job market is poised to witness the greatest demand for contract staffing in technology-driven domains. Those who skate towards this demand, aligning their workforce strategies with evolving industry needs, will be better positioned to thrive in 2024’s business environment.

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