In the wake of the recession, the global economy remains unstable and volatile. In this environment, organizations are realizing that having flexibility in their workforce is a competitive advantage. As a result, contract talent has been indispensable to organizations looking for the right employees in a short turnaround time. As contract talent usage increases, organizations have found that incorporating it into their strategic workforce planning process allows leaders to approach projected talent needs, skills gaps, and volatility with an additional tool in their belt. Applying an analytical lens to the complete workforce allows leaders to make educated decisions about how to execute business strategy with a blend of traditional and contract talent.