In our 2015 Contingent Buyers Survey across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific we asked buyers to estimate the percent of their organizations’ workforce that is contingent now, what it will likely be in two years and 10 years, and what they think the ideal percentage is for their organization. On average, buyers across these regions expected their companies’ contingent share to rise over the next 10 years to 22% of the total workforce, up from 15% currently and 17% projected for 2017.

Buyers believed that a healthy contingent share for their organization would be 19%, higher than the current 15%, which suggests room for growth but also a potential ceiling. Further, this number is likely to be conservative in the case that outsourced workers were not considered by respondents when considering this question.