Business leaders are fond of saying that their best assets leave by elevator every night, a mantra meant to underscore their esteem for valued employees. Many companies are increasingly relying on non-employees -- known as a company's "contingent work force" -- to join teams in a wide range of functions on an as-needed basis. The traditional temp space was around office and clerical skills, says Tig Gilliam, CEO of the US division of Zurich, Switzerland-based human resource services firm Adecco. Today, the need is to address professional skills sets -- IT, health care, finance and accounting. While optimistic about a market recovery in 2008, Gilliam plans to offset the economic trends by leveraging the company's powerhouse position in the broad temporary staffing services market.
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