With the ever increasing difficulty to recruit skilled people into the manufacturing industry, we shouldn't ignore the impact of the gig economy which is set to increase in future years.

When considering a vacancy within a business is it really necessary to take on a full time, permanent employee? Or should we be thinking shorter term, a more flexible worker, and maybe just consider the talent on a project by project basis? Clearly, every role is different and will need careful consideration but at its most effective, the gig economy can help businesses address skills shortages by accessing elusive talent pools and boosting productivity.

And of course, once we have engaged with this talent, how will we manage them going forward? A swift on boarding process would certainly help ensure they are integrated swiftly and incorporated into the company's culture from day one. Remote workers especially need to feel that they belong to the organisation and have a key role to play.

This article from Advorto digs into the positive and negative impacts of the gig economy from an HR perspective. Interesting times and maybe the start of a different way of thinking?