Most companies (67 percent) rely on contingent workers, according to a new study released by Randstad.

Of the respondents using contingent workers, 71 percent say they do so because the flexibility of these workers keeps organizations nimble during economic ups and downs. Another 21 percent of respondents say they expect to add more temporary or contract workers in the next year while 39 percent of respondents anticipate hiring more full-time workers. To find the right combination of full-time and contingent workers, 76 percent of respondents report that they would find access to specific information and resources.

"The recession produced such significant operational and financial duress for U.S. companies that the business model of the future will rely heavily upon the ability to be insulated from economic downturns," says Jim Link, managing director of human resources for Randstad US.

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