Afternoon Coffee: Fiverr report sizes up freelancer market; Details on U.S.-China talks; Airbus upset by Boeing 737 MAX deal

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Fiverr, the online freelancer services marketplace, has released its second annual “The Independent Workforce: Sizing the Market in the United States” study. The report estimates the population size and income of U.S.-based freelancer/independent workers. On trade talks, China states its case as negotiations with the U.S. are set to resume. As the Paris Air Show winds down, Airbus airs displeasure with Boeing's 737 MAX deal with British Airways' owner. Afternoon Coffee: The latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Freelancer Management Systems: How Companies Can Find and Retain Independent Contractors via Direct Sourcing

As technology changes the work landscape, as companies seek more specifically skilled workers and as those workers push for non-traditional work arrangements, companies need to find effective ways to meet those changes. Direct sourcing is emerging as a viable, practical option to fill on-demand and other staffing needs.

When used alongside traditional hiring methods, including third-party staffing firms, direct sourcing allows companies to find and hire previously untapped independent contractors.

For decades companies have relied on staffing firms, managed service providers (MSPs), and other internal HR or procurement processes to handle their hiring, so how can they successfully integrate new technologies and methods? A readily available and reliable choice is to enlist a third-party technology provider that specializes in freelancer management systems technology (FMS). This technology can be integrated into an existing vendor management system, allowing companies to glean data from all sources to support the entire contractor management program.

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