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Nearly 70 percent of employers surveyed believe the skills gap is widening and will create significant challenges in the near future, including recruitment difficulties. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It’s not just robots that workers need to be concerned about—it’s the gig economy, which is swallowing permanent positions left and right.

So says a report from Randstad Sourceright, which finds that 61 percent of employers plan to replace up to 30 percent of their permanent positions with freelancers, gig workers and independent contractors in the next year, in an effort to become more agile and flexible in the changing economy. Nearly 40 percent of employers surveyed expect they will be able to reduce the impact of talent scarcity by having an integrated hiring strategy.

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