The Era of the Perma-Temp
This week’s BusinessWeek has, as its lead article, “The Disposable Worker.” For those thinking of future career paths, or perhaps planning for future changes, it’s probably a good read.
Generally discussing the impact of the economic downturn as accelerating the shift towards the “perma-temp” world, it highlights the “new” permanent temporary worker (an estimated 26% of the US workforce has jobs that are “nonstandard”). It also points out a few trends worth noting, not just constrained to lower paid employees (and they anticipate, won’t be changing anytime in the next 5-10 years):
- Increasing reliance of companies on temporary / contingent workforce;
- Reducing dependence on costly permanent staff by making new hires abroad;
- “…that any job is permanent has been well proven not to be true…”