The Two Sides of the Temp Economy

Small Business Labs

The NY Times article The Rise of Permanent Temp Economy provides an interesting look at the history of temporary work in America.    The author argues the temp industry in America was created by exploiting gender stereotypes in the 1950s and 1960s.   The strategy worked and early temp leaders (like Kelly Girls) were able to establish  "a new sector of low-wage, unreliable work right under the noses of powerful labor unions."

Use of Contract Labor by Small Businesses Continues to Grow

Small Business Labs

billion on contract labor (freelancers, temps, etc.)   Over the same period, spending on salaries and wages (meaning traditional employees) rose from $73.7 The IRS released their 2016 tax data on sole proprietors. 

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Use of Contract Labor by Sole Proprietors Surging

Small Business Labs

  While looking through the data we were struck by the extent of the growth in the usage of contract labor - contingent workers such as freelancers, independent contractors, temps, etc. -   by sole proprietors.  The IRS recently released the 2013 data on sole proprietors.

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Book Review: Raw Deal - How the Uber Economy is Screwing American Workers

Small Business Labs

Because of this dark side, we need better laws and protections for temps, contract workers and others being unfairly exploited or in need of more economic security. 

2015 184

Independent Work Growing Option for Gen Y and Seniors

Small Business Labs

everything from government jobs to employment in factories and even supermarkets is now on a two-tier track, with older workers’ guaranteed pensions and higher salaries not shared by newer hires. Because of this situation, we've decided to conduct deeper research dives this summer on millennial and aging boomer/senior independent workers (freelancers, temps, contractors, etc.).

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5 tips for Being a Freelance Worker

On The Job

The days of temp workers being qualified for only low-paying, entry-level jobs is past, and workers who embrace the work may find they appreciate the flexibility and experience they gain, Ozier says.

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On the Outside Looking In

Laughing all the Way to Work

I was out of work, temping here and there for a year. Don’t underestimate the value of temping. Working for a temp agency can either land you a full-time job or help to keep you employed while you are looking. Taking on temp jobs will introduce you to potential employers where you can showcase your abilities. When you are temping act as if you are on an interview every day. In 1985 I left the office to be a stay-at-home mom.

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Executives and Managers Embrace Administrative Profession

Office Dynamics

New titles, salary levels, and career planning will be coming in this decade like we have never seen. I have to be honest in that I have heard some unhappy stories from APs this year who have lost their jobs or are being replaced by temps on a regular basis! April 1, 2010 Kick-Off for the Blog-a-Thon. Executives and Managers Embrace Administrative Profession As Never Before.

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Executives and Managers Embrace Administrative Profession

Office Dynamics

New titles, salary levels, and career planning will be coming in this decade like we have never seen. I have to be honest in that I have heard some unhappy stories from APs this year who have lost their jobs or are being replaced by temps on a regular basis! April 1, 2010 Kick-Off for the Blog-a-Thon. Executives and Managers Embrace Administrative Profession As Never Before.

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