More Businesses Plan to Hire Temporary Workers than Full-Time Employees

A January 2012 Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index poll found that less than 10 percent of the businesses surveyed planned on decreasing the overall number of positions at their company, the lowest number since January 2008.

However, when asked what type of workers they would hire, 36 percent of business owners would hire a temporary or contract worker and 36 percent would hire a part-time employee; only 26 percent would hire a full-time employee. (Two percent didn’t answer or replied that they were unsure.) When asked how hard it was to find qualified employees, more than 20 percent answered “very difficult” and more than 30 percent answered “somewhat difficult.” When business owners were last asked this question in 2005, 65 percent of respondents answered that it was “very difficult or somewhat difficult.”