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The Era of the Perma-Temp

January 11, 2010

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…”

Full article here.

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  1. Deborah Edwards permalink
    January 11, 2010 9:48 pm

    Everyone who is looking for work or soon to graduate should read this article, I had never heard of the title Perma-Temp employees although I believe the idea for this type of worker has been utilized for sometime, unfortunately, it is now becoming more of a norm. I guess self-employment and determining your own unique information niche is truly the way to go when considering the future workplace.

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