Carleen MacKay ( covers four facts about the rise of contingent professionals in the workplace. Here they are:

  1. “Taken together, professionals and non-professionals, it is estimated that 1 in 3 people (42 million) now work as contingent workers. Other experts estimate that by 2020, up to 50% of the workforce will be contingent.”
  2. “Because of global and technological change, organizations that do not need people full-time, will not hire them full-time.”
  3. “The opportunity to contribute is driven by the alignment between current knowledge and market-driven demand. Opportunities are not limited by any particular career choice nor are they limited by degree.”
  4. “As the engagement of new public sector workers is concerned, they are making more provisions for the engagement of contingent professionals than at any time in the past.”

The article also includes succinct lessons for each of the four facts.