Temps Working More Hours Than Employees

Small Business Labs

  But as the chart below (from a NY Times Economix blog post ) shows, this shifted in 2009 and temps now work, on average, 30 minutes more per week than regular employees.

Super Temps to the Rescue

Small Business Labs

CNBC's The Rise of the SuperTemp in the C Suite is another version of the HBR article focused on the increasing use of executive temps.   The demand for executive temps is growing and companies are responding. independent workers could be considered Super Temps.

1 in 4 Employees Regularly Work With Temps

Small Business Labs

 Half of all employees interact with temps at least occasionally.

The Dark Side of the Temp Economy

Small Business Labs

ProPublica's The Expendables: How the Temps Who Power Corporate Giants are Getting Crushed covers the dark side of temporary work. Key quote on the life of low paid temps: Many get by on minimum wage, renting rooms in rundown houses, eating dinners of beans and potatoes, and surviving on food banks and taxpayer-funded health care. The article focuses on temps working in low skill industrial or supply chain jobs.

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."

The Staffing Industry Analysts Temp Worker Forecast

Small Business Labs

The Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) is a research and industry analyst firm that focuses on contingent work. Their clients are staffing industry firms and corporations that employ contingent and/or temporary workers. The recently released their 2022 employment projections and U.S. staffing industry forecast.  The full report is only available to their clients, but they publicly released their high level forecast numbers. The key SIA forecast is that U.S.

Best of both: Baseball & Knitting!

Loosely Speaking

First stop, Tempe Yarn & Fiber and then on to Tempe Diablo Stadium to watch the Angels and maybe get to say hi to a few of the players we’ve met over the past couple of years in the minors.

2011 151

More Canadians Becoming Freelancers

Small Business Labs

Small Business Labs Tracking and Forecasting the Trends Impacting the Future of Small Business Welcome to Small Business Labs Small Business Labs, from Emergent Research , covers the key social, technology and business trends impacting small business.

2010 157

Top 5 Tips for Finding Great Employees (cheaply!)

The Small Business Blog

Temp agencies are useful – look at them as being a trial period for potential employees. E-Mail me or follow me. Build your own network! Community for small business outsourcing and cost control. Benefits of Online Software for Small Business.

2010 132

11 Halos - Part 2 (signing day)

Loosely Speaking

He heads to Tempe in the morning for physical and workout. Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs 11 Halos – Part 2 (signing day) Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 8:46 pm // By: // Category: Baseball Just back from meeting with Angels scout, John Gracio. Contract and rookie league explained. Then gets his uniform and a plane ticket to head up to Orem, Utah on Sunday.

2009 100

Use of Contract Labor by Small Businesses Continues to Grow

Small Business Labs

billion on contract labor (freelancers, temps, etc.) The IRS released their 2016 tax data on sole proprietors.    The data covers business receipts, deductions, and net income reported by taxpayers on Schedule C of tax Form 1040.

2018 201

Google's Shadow Workforce

Small Business Labs

Bloomberg's Inside Google's Shadow Workforce covers the use by Google of what they call TVCs, or “temps, vendors and contractors" According to the article about half of Google's workforce is comprised of TVCs. 

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Top Reasons A Staffing Agency Can Boost Your Career

Small Business CEO

A Temp Or Staffing Agency Can Simplify Your Job Search. If you are tired of endless online job searches that do not seem to match you with a great job in your chosen career, you may want to consider using a temp or staffing agency.…

If There’s No Work, What to Do Next?

Job Advice Blog

During past weak economic times, companies might hire temps, and once the economy gained strength permanent hiring ensued. Today’s weak economy has changed the psychology of hiring. We have not yet seen that pattern, and there are no signs that it’s on its way. The situation has caused various and serious difficulties for most of [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund

2011 160

On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: How to Move from Temporary Work to a.

On The Job

Levit, author of “New Job, New You” cautions that before such an inquiry you should make sure you’ve been doing a great job at the position you were hired to fill as a temp. You’ve got to demonstrate that even as a temp, you’re a great fit for the company.

2010 141

The 2015 MBO Partners State of Independence Report - 30.2 Million U.S. Independent Workers

Small Business Labs

These are people who regularly work as independent workers (self-employed, freelancers, temps, etc.) The 2015 MBO Partners State of Independence Report was released today. Key findings include: The number of independent workers aged 21 and up stands at 30.2 million in 2015, divided between 17.8

2015 185

If There’s No Work, What to Do Next?

Job Advice Blog

During past weak economic times, companies might hire temps, and once the economy gained strength permanent hiring ensued. Today’s weak economy has changed the psychology of hiring. We have not yet seen that pattern, and there are no signs that it’s on its way. The situation has caused various and serious difficulties for most of [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund

A Day in the Life: Simone White, PA, BlackRock

Practically Perfect PA

I started my life as a temp at the V&A in London, after graduating and realising that the world of fashion journalism & promotion was not for me. What does your career path look like?

2015 252

Word of Mouth is How Freelancers Find Jobs

Small Business Labs

It's not surprising that independent workers (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.) rely on word of mouth/referrals for getting business. What is a bit surprising is just how important word of mouth is compared to other methods.

2013 223

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.

2015 151

Europe's Young, Contingent, "Floating Generation"

Small Business Labs

Instead, younger Europeans "float" from temp job to temp job. We spend a lot time studying jobs and workforce data. But even though I'm familiar with the labor situation in Europe, I was still stunned by the data in the New York Times article Young, Educated and Jobless in France.   The key quote is on France's current labor market: 82 percent of people hired today are on temporary contracts, said Michel Sapin, the labor minister.

2012 150

Why Companies Are Increasing Their Use of Contingent Labor

Small Business Labs

Ardent Partners is an analyst firm focused on corporate procurement and as part of this brief they research and analyze the use of contingent labor (temps, contractors, consultants, etc.)

2014 213

How to Handle Your Career Stress

On The Job

Or, you may have thought someone was pulling your leg to tell you that your Ivy League education would net you a 20-hour-a-week temp job with no benefits and have you living at home with your parents.

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Upwork's 2017 Freelancing in America Study

Small Business Labs

  Justin Fox's article provides an excellent description of the cyclical forces: What's going on here is what happens at some point in every economic expansion, as a tightening labor market pulls contract workers, freelancers and temps into steady payroll jobs.

2017 205

CNN's Positive Report on Freelancing

Small Business Labs

We consider this a small victory in our ongoing efforts to explain that many independent workers (freelancers, self-employed, temps, etc.) CNN did a very positive report on freelancing recently.  It's short (1:38) and embedded below:   I'm pointing this out because most coverage of freelancing in the mainstream media focuses on the negatives associated with being independent rather than the positives.

2013 132

Many Americans Planning to Go Freelance

Small Business Labs

" Earlier in the survey the term independent worker is defined to include freelancing, temping, self-employment, etc.  As part of the MBO Partners State of Independence study a national, statistically significant survey of adult (ages 21+) Americans is conducted.

2013 199

Academic Freelancer Woes

Small Business Labs

 And since there is a glut of Ph.Ds in many fields, schools don't have to pay well to attract temp professors.  Many colleges and universities are in financial trouble , which means more temp faculty members. The PhD Now Comes with Food Stamps is an interesting article on the struggles of adjunct university faculty. Adjuncts are freelance faculty who are paid per course taught.

2012 146

Corporations Hiring More Contingent Talent

Small Business Labs

  The tagline of the study is "the future of work is here" By this they mean contingent talent - freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, temps etc. - Ardent Partners has released its State of Contingent Workforce Management 2015-2016 report.

2015 203

More on Academic Freelancers

Small Business Labs

Adjunct faculty is what colleges and universities call temp or part-time professors.  Many  colleges and universities are in financial trouble , which means more temp faculty members. A Portrait of Part-Time Faculty Members is a report on the duties and pay of adjunct university faculty. According to the report, there are about 1.8 million faculty members working at two and four year degree granting institutions in the U.S.  Of those, more than 1.3

2012 132

The GAO Finds Twice as Many Self-Employed as the BLS

Small Business Labs

The GAO includes the following in their definition: Agency temps: (1.3%). According to a recently released report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), 40% of the U.S. workforce is contingent, up from 30% in 2005.    The GAO's definition of contingent covers the broad category of workers who aren't full-time, permanent employees. On-call workers (people called to work when needed (3.5%). Contract company workers (3.0%).

2015 147

The Growing Independent Worker Ecosystem

Small Business Labs

The growth of the independent workforce (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.) has also led to a growing ecosystem of companies supporting independent workers and the firms that hire them. This ecosystem includes a wide range of firm types, including: Talent marketplaces : firms like Elance , Odesk and Freelancer.com that connect independent workers with those interested in hiring them.

2013 155

Ode to the ‘Runner

Loosely Speaking

Though we knew its days were numbered, it still was when he took it to off to college in Tucson and later to work in Tempe and California. Andrew was 13. He and I returned home from his birthday weekend in Phoenix to find it in our driveway. A garnet 1994 SR5 5-speed Toyota 4-Runner.

2012 151

Do Gig Workers Like Their Jobs? It's All About Choice, Flexibility, and Control

Small Business Labs

Our research indicates temps, on-call workers, day workers and others with little work control often fall into this category.  See The Two Sides of the Temp Economy ,  The Yin and Yang of Freelancing  and Autonomy, Control and Self-Employment Satisfaction for more on this.

2016 158

Spring Cleaning

Loosely Speaking

Tomorrow, down the hill to Tempe for an Angels’ Spring Training. I hope your trip to Tempe is awesome!

2010 130

Green Colleges in the US Lead the Way in Sustainability

Eco-Office Gals

First off, head into the heat of Tempe, Arizona, where Arizona State University has made some of the strongest sustainability commitments of any institution in the nation.

2013 246

How to Stay Your Professional Best During Summer

Office Dynamics

Is your company cost conscious therefore keeping the temp in the office higher than you would like it? I hope you are staying cool. Last week the temperature in Las Vegas got as high as 115! Then dropped to 109 by Thursday, which is more our norm.

2016 186

The Contingent Workforce and Public Decision Making

Small Business Labs

" The article goes on to suggest that governments at all levels need to respond to the rapidly growing number of contingent (freelancers, contractors, temps, etc.) The Contingent Workforce and Public Decision Making is an article in the Spring issue of Public Sector Digest.  It suggests rethinking a range of laws and policies including employment rules, zoning, K12 education and health care due to the shift to the contingent workforce.

2012 141

Grim Job Market Continues for Young Americans

Small Business Labs

The grim job market is a key reason more young Americans are pursuing work as independents (temps, freelancers, etc.). Although the overall labor market continues to improve, there isn't a lot of good job news for young Americans.

2012 224

The Rise of Gen X Independents

Small Business Labs

 Which is one reason why we recently worked with MBO Partners on a study of Gen X Independent Workers (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.). Generation X (ages 33-48) encompasses roughly 50 million Americans born between 1965 and 1980. This generation is sandwiched between two much larger generations - the Baby Boomers and Gen Y. There are almost 80 million Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) and bit more than 75 million Gen Yers (born 1980 to 2000).

2013 153

The Rise of the Task Economy

Small Business Labs

 Examples include The Temp Economy, The Gig Economy, Freelance Nation, The Grassroots Economy, The Artisan Economy ( a term we use ), The Bottom Up Economy (we posted on this one yesterday , etc.

2013 191

Is it the Gig, Sharing, Access, 1099, Freelance or On-Demand Economy?

Small Business Labs

We use a combination of "gig economy" and "on-demand economy"   We define the "gig economy" broadly and include all economic activity done by independent workers (freelancers, contractors, self-employed, temps, etc.).  KQED's The Movement to Kill the Phrase ‘Sharing Economy’ points out an issue that has many perplexed, including us. This is what do we call what continues to be commonly called the  "sharing economy""?

2016 100

News on the Growing Contingent Workforce

Small Business Labs

Lot's of recent news about the continued growth of the contingent workforce, which is the term the corporate world uses for what we call the independent workforce - freelancers, contractors, independent consultants, temps, etc. Recent articles on this topic from the corporate point of view include: 1.  Aberdeen Research reports that  26% of the average company’s workforce is contingent.  This is up from the 24% they found in last year's study.

2012 171

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 185