For example, BI contractors don't participate in departmental events or receive any of the company's human-resources benefits, she said.
Beyond using contractors "to get [a] project off your shelf," Modis' Cullen has seen an increase in demand for temporary workers as businesses, especially financial firms, look to complete IT projects that may have been fallen victim to budget cuts during the recession. And, Cullen said, greater IT job growth, even if it is for temporary positions, can hold positive news for the overall economy.
"Demand for contractors really is the first step to a post-recession recovery," he said. "If you're looking for sign when are we going out of [the recession], you can typically look to the tech markets and see if you're seeing some pickup."
This pickup in business is exactly why some companies are looking to temporary workers, according to research from Bluewolf. Improving economies bring increased labor demands as customers have the capital to buy products and services, the firm said. With the recovery's strength still uncertain, businesses need a flexible workforce that they can scale up or down to meet the changing workload, the research said.
While BI's use of part-time work to modernize a platform wasn't tied to economics, Young has heard anecdotes from colleagues about businesses using more part-time labor due to economic demands.
"In conversations with my peers and vendor partners that provide contract staffing, they have identified that hiring demand is up," she said. "Peers have been dealing with a long-term reduction in budget that has caused them to have to catch up."