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Extended Workforce Intelligence Report - 2021 in Review

2021 was an incredibly turbulent year for contract labor
markets. The global Covid pandemic drove substantial
changes in company, workforce supplier, and worker
behavior. This edition of Brightfield’s Extended Workforce
Intelligence Report examines some of the largest trends in
U.S. contingent labor markets in 2021. Some of the major findings include:

  • The U.S. contingent workforce is now 56% larger than it was before the pandemic
  • The demand for contingent workers drove up bill rates 2-8% across job categories in 2021
  • 2021 IT assignment growth was strongest in secondary IT hubs like Raleigh, Atlanta, and Minneapolis
  • 2021 was a (continued) roller coaster for contingent healthcare labor markets