The Digitization of Contingent Labor Management


In these shifting economic times, many leading companies are choosing to accelerate key strategies and initiatives rather than take a cautious approach. They’re acting quicker, thinking bigger, and investing in technology and innovation. They’re also leveraging data and analytics to increase organizational agility and gain a critical edge on the competition.

Put another way, they’re embracing digitization. In a new Toolbox for HR article, PRO Unlimited’s CEO Kevin Akeroyd discusses this phenomenon and the impact it’s having on contingent workforce management. As Kevin notes, the meaning of “digitization” can vary slightly based on a few factors, but it generally encompasses the following:

  • - Moving operations online and migrating to the cloud
  • - Investing in technology and innovation
  • - Increasing business partnerships and expanding overall reach
  • - Improving organizational agility and accelerating decision-making
  • - Harnessing more data and using it to inform strategy

In many cases, contingent labor provides an excellent opportunity to evaluate these new strategies, since companies can try different tactics with this workforce before fully committing.

As Kevin discusses, many top organizations are approaching digitization in exciting ways to help their contingent workforce programs operate smarter, faster and better:


  • - Better measuring and ensuring remote workforce productivity
  • - Upgrading technology (machine learning, real-time analytics, etc.)
  • - Developing a holistic partnership ecosystem
  • - Building out technology integrations


  • - Expanding the global footprint of a contingent workforce program
  • - Establishing standard global program practices
  • - Improving organizational flexibility (e.g., expanding worker redeployment efforts)
  • - Increasing mobile Vendor Management System (VMS) usage


  • - Tapping best-in-class analytics platforms to gain holistic visibility to the entire workforce
  • - Updating the talent landscaping approach to better leverage today’s remote workforce
  • - Utilizing digital tools to supercharge direct sourcing efforts.
  • - Using data to improve the approach to diversity and inclusion

For much more on digitization and details around each of these areas, check out Kevin’s article, “Smarter, Faster, Better: The Digitization of Contingent Workforce Management.”

If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO is helping organizations implement winning contingent workforce programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at

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