The Gig Economy is Impacting HR Practices – according to New Study by HR Research Institute and Sterling

Nearly two-thirds of HR professionals indicate the gig economy is impacting hiring and staffing practices. A majority (64%) are experiencing some sort of change because of gig economy trends. The research study reveals that companies are impacted in a variety of ways, including requiring careful screening to minimize risk when it comes to recruiting and managing temporary hires, which range from contingent employees to contract workers.’s Research Institute conducted the research study, Hiring Trends in the Age of the Gig Economy, Identity Fraud, and Social Media, in partnership with Sterling, a leading provider of background and identity services. Insights from the study reveal that companies are changing the way they do work to meet the expectations of the increasing contingent workforce.

In addition to covering the gig economy, the study examines identity verification, drug screening, continuous monitoring, and social media checks—revealing data, insights, and best practices pertaining to each of these rapidly evolving areas.

“With the growing gig economy, identity fraud issues, and changing drug laws, the modern HR team really must be informed, resourceful, and forward-thinking. Among the tools available that maximize safety and minimize risk are continuous monitoring, social media checks, and biometrics scanning,” stated Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator and CEO of

“As the workplace landscape evolves, screening methods and technologies are continuing to advance and innovate. This whitepaper underscores the need—across many sectors—for effective, accurate, and compliant background checks,” said David Bloom, General Manager, Gig Economy at Sterling. “A comprehensive screening program shapes workplace culture by helping create great environments for workers, partners, and customers.”

Download the full report and informative infographic, which include details on seven takeaway strategies for implementing an effective and successful screening platform to transform hiring processes.



About Sterling
Sterling—a leading provider of background and identity services—offers a foundation of trust and safety that spans across industries, professions, and borders. Our technology-powered services help organizations create great environments for their workers, partners, and customers. With office locations around the world, Sterling conducts more than 100 million searches annually. Visit Sterling online at

About and the HR Research Institute’s HR Research Institute helps HR departments keep their finger on the pulse of HR! is committed to creating inspired and informed workforces by maximizing the potential of HR professionals around the world.  Over 1.75 million HR professionals rely on as the foremost, trusted industry resource for education, career development, and compliance (that many people can’t be wrong!).  Offerings include the largest network of HR executives, leading-edge industry research from the HR Research Institute, 13 monthly HR-themed epublications, innovative HR education including 250+ annual webcasts, the most comprehensive HR certification exam preparation program supporting SHRM and HRCI certification, as well as helpful HR tools and legal compliance updates. has the largest knowledge base of HR practices globally and offers unparalleled training and networking for HR professionals all over the world… 24/7… 365 (just in case you can’t get enough HR).  Visit to download research (always free) and to maximize HR potential. #hrresearchinstitute

For more information, contact:
Debbie McGrath
Chief Instigator and CEO,