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TalentBurst and WillHire – Introducing our new partnership to tackle the high demands of high-hazard hiring

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, commerce changed dramatically. Brick-and-mortar stores closed during lockdowns creating a boom in e-commerce, warehousing, shipping, and delivery models. Logistics enjoyed a tremendous renaissance and industrial jobs are now on the rise. There is a dire need for warehouse and distribution workers to support the high demands in companies like UPS, Amazon, and other similar companies in the e-commerce ecosystem.

Hiring managers at these companies share the same challenges in filling their open positions. They often find themselves stuck between the need for qualified talent and needing them in accelerated time frames. The first struggle is identifying them, followed by the need to pay them quickly and accurately. So how can managers easily navigate through the hiring process that results in a fully compliant and positive candidate experience?

WillHire has developed tools that help clients in shift-based and high-hazard environments attract talent from more than 2,000 diverse organic and talent traction channels that include job boards, social media networks, and deeper niche skill networks. The platform leverages a client’s employer brand, fosters engagement, and curates the candidate pool based on a client’s requisition or need.

WillHire has recently released their new app, WillHire OnDemand which focuses on the on-demand shift worker sourcing and management. It leverages an intuitive user-interface powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, enabling enterprises to fill shifts in less than eight minutes. For companies in industrial or high-risk industries, this direct-sourcing solution is a lifesaver because the need for finding the right skilled workers quickly is paramount to meeting your business needs. TalentBurst completes the solution with our High Hazard Payroll offering.

Misclassification of payroll has remained one of the most common, and one of the most expensive, kinds of Workers Compensation overcharges facing employers. In the rush to onboard workers, many companies often assign class codes they’re familiar with, but which may not be appropriate for this talent. Simply stated, payroll misclassification occurs because the insurance industry makes the rules regarding Workers Comp classifications complicated, leading to costly errors for those unfamiliar with the system.

For this reason, WillHire and TalentBurst have partnered to offer a comprehensive and innovative service with complete risk-mitigation hardcoded into its DNA. By working together, we can boost the value to our customers.

Need a partner with the leaders in High-Hazard Payroll? Contact TalentBurst Today.


TalentBurst is proud to announce our spinout division, TalentBurst Life Sciences and Healthcare. TalentBurst is a leading provider of global talent cloud solutions and has been supporting life science companies since 2007. TalentBurst draws upon a broad portfolio of strategic consulting, program and product management, and industry leading risk mitigation solutions. When paired with our High Hazard Payroll offering, we provide a comprehensive set of solutions to life science companies.

“This spinout division is to better position ourselves to support the steady growth we anticipate for this industry over the next decade,” said Brad Talwar, TalentBurst Founder and CEO. “We’ve appointed Namrata Anand to lead this division because she has been absolutely instrumental in the growth of TalentBurst since we first started the company. She understands her customers deeply and is extremely dedicated to driving their success. We’re excited to see her take this division to new heights.”

Namrata Anand launched her career with TalentBurst in 2005 and currently supports the company’s largest customers: “Over the past decade, TalentBurst has grown and evolved with the life sciences and healthcare industries. Our company is passionate about working with the brightest minds and most future forward organizations and we’ve invested heavily in the expertise and experience to make this happen. I’m thrilled at the opportunity to work closely with my colleagues Jennifer Bradley and Sonika Sardana to help fuel and empower companies that continue to push the boundaries of health and science.”


Our life sciences division is spearheaded by seasoned professionals with decades of experience in workforce solutions in the life sciences space.

Namrata Anand – EVP & Global Strategy Leader, TalentBurst Life Sciences
Jen Bradley – VP, Enterprise Accounts, TalentBurst Life Sciences
Sonika Sardana – VP, Enterprise Accounts, TalentBurst Life Sciences

Our experience and expertise include the following:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Clinical Data Management
  • Clinical Trials
  • Drug Safety/ Pharmacovigilance
  • Bioengineering
  • Biostatistics
  • R&D
  • Information Technology • Nursing
  • Care Management
  • Quality Control
  • Clinical Programming
  • Regulatory Affairs & Compliance
  • Systems & Process Validation
  • Scientific Research
  • Study Management

We’re interested in partnering with pioneering companies to cultivate a diverse workforce that fuels creativity, a sense of exploration, and an eagerness to embrace ongoing changes during these unprecedented times. To learn more about how TalentBurst can help you with your staffing needs, contact us today.

Press contact:
Marlene Shimamura – Sr. Manager at TalentBurst

Take Control of Your Talent in 2020

What does it take to gain total control over your contingent labor and contract talent in the era of the gig economy? Let’s go through a quick list:

  1. Knowledge of the ins and outs of taxes, workers’ compensation policies and insurance codes for every state in which you place contingent labor.
  2. A process that incorporates this knowledge into a smooth and easy on-boarding for worker populations that are in a constant state of flux.
  3. Worldwide offices that put your company in closer proximity to your biggest pools of contingent labor.
  4. A background in staffing emerging industries, high-hazard workplaces and gig-economy companies such as Uber.

TalentBurst is the leader in finding and maintaining contingent workers in the gig-economy. With our staffing knowledge behind us, we’ve built our Total Talent Management system that puts the complete power of the gig economy behind your workforce.

TalentBurst is an award winning provider of Total Talent Management Solutions. We are a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and have offices in Boston, San Francisco, Miami, Toronto and Gurgaon, India.

Let’s talk and see what TalentBurst can do for you.

TalentBurst In Review: 2019

What an amazing year!

As a company, TalentBurst has always valued looking forward rather than backward. Keeping our eyes toward the future is how we’ve been able to innovate and become leaders in staffing, high-hazard payroll, the gig economy, employer of record services and other emerging businesses since TalentBurst was started in 2002.

However, we also know that it’s important to take a look back at the year that has passed, and make sure that you have more checks in the “Wins” column rather than the “Losses.”

We are happy to say that we can chalk up 2019 as big “W” for TalentBurst, our internal technical team continued to innovate and we are now able to process “instant payroll” for our employees. TalentBurst is among the first companies in the staffing industry to offer this payment option to all contractors.

Over the course of the year, we added over 30 new Fortune 500 customers to our list of valued customers. TalentBurst now works with almost a quarter of the Fortune 500. Our COO led our technical innovation by implementing and rolling out 7 new software products internally including Netsuite, Slack, Freshdesk, among several others. These technologies helped us build out the most advanced tech stack for our staffing, employer of record and high hazard payroll customers. 

We hope that our wins in 2019 will be directly responsible for our continued success in 2020 and beyond. 

Namrata Anand makes SIA “Global Power 150 Women In Staffing” List

Our Senior VP Namrata Anand was recognized by the Staffing Industry Analysts as one of the top leaders in staffing. We already knew that, of course, but we were thrilled when SIA announced it, and it couldn’t go to a more deserving person.

Namrata’s unmatched work ethic means she is involved with a lot of different projects around TalentBurst. Here she is specifically talking about our relationship with PROUnlimited, one of our valued MSP partners.

Awarded Supplier Of The Year by the The Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council

We were awarded Supplier Of The Year by the The Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council and this award from the GNEMSDC represents our commitment to running a company that supplies quality talent to our clients, amazing jobs to our jobseekers, and revenue and infrastructure to the Greater New England area.

Workforce Logiq Proven Performer Award

For the 4th year in a row, we were awarded the Proven Performer Award from Workforce Logiq. We’ve always valued our partnership with Workforce Logiq, and for them to recognize us for the 4th year running as a top provider of talent reminds us of the excellent work that our client team puts in everyday!

Uber Launches Gig Economy Job App Alongside TalentBurst

The gig economy is here to stay and TalentBurst is excited to be innovating in this brand new space with and industry leader like Uber. Uber launched their UberWorks Industrial Staffing app for their worker populations in Chicago. Not only are we happy to be part of a successful launch of a truly innovative product by a titan of the industry, we’re also happy that we can finally talk about the project and publically congratulate our staff that worked so hard to streamline the onboarding and management of Uber’s contingent workers.

TalentBurst’s 17 Year Anniversary!

We’d say something like “we can’t believe that it has already been 17 years” except that it is now 2020, and soon we will be celebrating our 18th year!

Allegis Global Solutions 2019 Strategic Partner

We celebrated with Allegis Global Solutions, when once again recognized TalentBurst as part of the top 1% of suppliers and partners for contingent workforce. Jamie Jacobs — our Director of Strategic Partnerships — said it best:

“We don’t pursue awards as a goal, but when you work with such an amazing and dedicated team the recognition that comes with awards like these serves as a validation of everyone’s hard work. Congratulations, TalentBurst team! And big thanks to Allegis Global Solutions for being an excellent partner year after year.”

From our TalentBurst LInkedIn

8 Years As A PROUnlimited Gold Supplier

We are amazed and grateful for 8 amazing years with PROUnlimited, and being awarded a Gold Supplier award once again reaffirms that when we find a good partner, we work hard to keep that partner.

Stronger every year – we look forward to 8 more with PROUnlimited!

TalentBurst Becomes A Coupa Software Advantage Supplier

2019 was the year we became a Coupa Software Advantage Supplier. As a Coupa supplier, TalentBurst becomes a flagship provider of staff augmentation, high-hazard payrolling, global payrolling, and independent contractor qualification solutions to over 900 enterprise customers in the Coupa ecosystem.

More amazing jobs for more people, which is and always will be a top priority for TalentBurst.

We are looking forward to even more successful partnerships as we boldly move forward into 2020! It’s an exciting time and things happen fast, which is why we are so glad to work with the best of the best.

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Employer of Record Services: the Solution to the Gig Economy’s Woes

The gig economy has created untold opportunities for companies to leverage the cost savings, expediency, and availability of an on-demand workforce. Talent who participate in platform-based capitalism frequently cite the advantages of flexible working arrangements and the boons of additional income earned through side hustles. Despite the virtual nature of the business models, however, researchers have found that “most digital economy workers are exposed to the health damaging precarious employment conditions characteristic of the contemporary working class in high income countries.” Business leaders, contractors, and government regulators are all seeking ways to seize the benefits of the sharing economy without the risks, exposure to hazardous conditions, and circumvention of taxes that may accompany this new paradigm. Rather than dismantling the structures or inundating courts with lawsuits, the solution may lie in employer of record services from specialized staffing agencies.

The Rise of Analog Work in a Digital World

Last summer, employers created 37,000 new manufacturing jobs. Industrial jobs in July 2018 had outpaced white collar jobs, according to October 2018 employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: 54,000 professional and business services roles compared to 24,000 in transportation and warehousing, 23,000 in construction, and 18,000 in manufacturing—for a total of 65,000. This year, despite slower jobs growth, industrial roles made up nearly 28% of all non-farm occupations. The economy added 51,000 professional positions, but jobs in transportation and warehousing, construction, and manufacturing totaled 62,000.

(Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics survey, July 05, 2019,

The continuing momentum of job openings in industrial and manufacturing sectors is not the most intriguing aspect at play in this scenario. Acknowledging the irony, it appears that the same companies fueling the digital capitalism of the gig economy may also be accelerating an unintentional influx of “analog” work. The apps that connect gig talent to their gigs are absolutely digital. However, that’s where the automated platforms end and the manual efforts begin. TaskRabbit, Handy, and Amazon’s Mechanical Turks serve as virtual marketplaces where “customers” and prospective “vendors” connect, meet, and interact through the exchange.

The work these contractors and freelancers perform carries its own set of challenges and difficulties. The people who service rentable scooters and electric bikes, for example, face the risks inherent with driving through crowded cities, repairing damaged equipment, avoiding encounters with thieves or vandals, and more. There are also issues of stability and compliance. As physicians reported in a 2017 study for the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the gig economy’s benefits may sometimes be clouded by the shadow of increased vulnerability to “wage theft, independent contractor misclassification, job insecurity, and lack of occupational health protections.” Back in 2013, OSHA also launched the Temporary Worker Initiative as part of its effort to protect temporary workers for accidents and injury. The challenging wrinkle was the new measure’s emphasis on the concept of “joint liability.”

Where does that leave us? Companies want the cost savings and on-demand availability of gig talent. Contractors seek independence, flexibility, and additional income sources. The government demands compliance. Of course, independent contractors should carry their own insurance as a best practice, but how many are really operating as legitimate LLCs or corporations, with general liability, professional liability, and injury claims coverage? Not nearly enough. And who’s checking? So not only are we dealing with the problems of joint responsibility, we once again find ourselves haunted by the ever-present specter of worker misclassification that has plagued gig businesses since their inceptions.

This is where employer of record (EOR) services, particularly those that specialize in high-hazard payrolling, provide a welcome source of relief. An EOR takes over as employer for tax purposes. Clients and staffing firms can use an EOR to payroll their workers and alleviate burdens such as payroll processing and funding, tax deposits and filings, I-9 and E-Verify compliance, unemployment insurance, employment contracts and paperwork, and the thrill-a-minute joys of worker’s compensation.

The client company or staffing agency retains control over business operations and responsibility for workplace safety guidance. Meanwhile, the EOR handles compliance, tax withholdings and reporting, workers’ comp claims, and the intricacies of on-time payroll processing. Because EOR entities concentrate on payrolling, they have greater latitude to afford the high premiums that come with high-hazard positions. In fact, they’re usually in an ideal position to negotiate preferential rates with major insurers by leveraging their buying power.

For clients, an Employer Of Record arrangement can be a time- and cost-saving windfall, liberating internal staff from human resource functions, onboarding and offboarding processes, benefits administration, payrolling, workers’ compensation, and compliance issues. The money saved by outsourcing these functions can be reinvested in business growth or innovation. In the end, it’s a perfect solution to an imperfect situation.

TalentBurst Named as Allegis Global Solutions 2019 Strategic Partner for Managed Services

BOSTON, MA, April 30, 2019 – TalentBurst, a recognized leader in the staffing and payrolling space, is honored to announce being named one of the select suppliers chosen by Allegis Global Solutions (AGS) as a 2019 strategic partner for its managed services provider (MSP) programs. This marks the third consecutive year that AGS has recognized TalentBurst in its strategic partner list.
Allegis Global Solutions used an interactive workforce intelligence program called ACUMEN to collect data, analyze performance metrics, and make its determinations. Partners were selected based on three core criteria:

  • Impact: A supplier’s response rate to distributed requisitions, starts and total assignments.
  • Performance: Successful placements (quality of hire), start-to-submittal time and ratio, and bill rate management compliance.
  • Partnership: Surveys conducted with internal AGS teams on how easy or challenging a supplier can be to work with on a day-to-day basis.

TalentBurst will be one of the dedicated partners supporting Allegis Global Solutions clients across the whole of North America.
About Allegis Global Solutions
Allegis Global Solutions is a leader in global talent solutions. AGS supports clients in more than 60 countries through regional hubs, matching great people with businesses seeking to optimize their permanent and contingent workforce.
AGS delivers scalable, flexible, and customized solutions, shaped around each client’s unique business requirements and culture. AGS draws upon decades of industry expertise and market insight to design strategies that work. The company has developed innovative tools, products, and processes that deliver the results its clients seek.
About TalentBurst
TalentBurst is a certified diversity staffing provider with over 1400 contractors working throughout 46 U.S. states and 5 countries. Since 2002, TalentBurst has established itself as one of the most respected and award-winning names in the staff augmentation, payroll, and employer of record (EOR) space.
The organization has emerged as a premier provider of Global Talent Cloud solutions. Its comprehensive platform delivers a cohesive, integrated approach that satisfies all outsourced workforce needs. While each TalentBurst service can fulfill client needs as a standalone offering, the company designed a platform-based model that represents a perfect confluence of intertwined, interconnected, and complementary solutions – all intersecting at the nexus of intelligent technology, which provides enriched automation to streamline every process.
Contact us today for more information.

TalentBurst Named as Gold Supplier in PRO Unlimited 2018 Global Supplier Awards

TalentBurst, a recognized leader in the staffing and payrolling space, is honored to announce being named Gold Supplier in the PRO Unlimited Global Supplier Awards for 2018. Since 2012, TalentBurst has won consecutive awards for its performance in PRO Unlimited’s Managed Services Provider (MSP) programs, delivering outstanding staff augmentation and payrolling services to some of the world’s leading brands.

“Winners were selected through ballots cast by account teams, which were validated by performance metrics and additional input from PRO Unlimited leadership,” wrote PRO Unlimited’s director of supplier partnerships when announcing the news. “You are one of only 11 suppliers recognized in the United States this year. We take great pride in the caliber of partners recognized and we look forward to celebrating your success in supporting PRO Unlimited clients.”
The award commends staffing service providers who supported PRO Unlimited clients in the United States and Canada throughout 2018. Of winning suppliers, PRO Unlimited further noted the “hard work and commitment they give to our accounts every day.”
About PRO Unlimited
PRO Unlimited, through its purely vendor-neutral Managed Services Program (MSP) and Vendor Management Software (VMS) solutions, helps organizations around the world address the costs, risks, and quality issues associated with managing a contingent workforce. A pioneer and innovator in the VMS and MSP space, PRO offers solutions for e-procurement and management of contingent labor, 1099/co-employment risk management, and third-party payroll for client-sourced contract talent.
About TalentBurst
TalentBurst is a certified diversity staffing provider with over 1400 contractors working throughout 46 U.S. states and 5 countries. Since 2002, TalentBurst has established itself as one of the most respected names in the staff augmentation, payroll, and employer of record (EOR) space.
The organization has emerged as a premier provider of Global Talent Cloud solutions. Its comprehensive platform delivers a cohesive, integrated approach that satisfies all outsourced workforce needs. While each TalentBurst service can fulfill client needs as a standalone offering, the company designed a platform-based model that represents a perfect confluence of intertwined, interconnected, and complementary solutions – all intersecting at the nexus of intelligent technology, which provides enriched automation to streamline every process.

Contact us today for more information.

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