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Companies are hiring more free agents than ever before because they save money and acquire niche expertise to solve specific business problems. This is different from full-time salaried workers who get benefits and are generalists in their fields. In 2009, companies hired 28% more freelancers, and now in 2012, they are hiring 36% more, reports CareerBuilder. John Challenger, the CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, says that “another benefit of hiring freelancers is that during slow periods, [companies] don’t have to hold onto them.” Companies are moving toward a “hire at will” recruiting strategy and away from a “hire for life” one.