Contingent employment can be a valuable opportunity for some and an unfortunate situation for others depending on the nature of their job and the staffing agency they choose.
Contract labor is becoming more frequently sought out as the economy continues its slow climb out of the recession. This form of employment is useful to many businesses because it allows them to take on labor to meet growing business demands, but does not commit them to a larger payroll if the economy takes another downward turn. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the year-over-year producer price index for employment services rose by nearly two percent in July to 128.9, indicating increased demand.
Temporary Labor - Helpful or Harmful?
This comes as mixed news for those who are seeking employment in the current market, as it means that jobs are becoming available? - but not necessarily the right ones. A recent story in The Ledger explains that in June, nearly 3 million people were employed in contract labor positions, marking the highest it has ever been on record.
The story documents the experience of one temporary manufacturing worker in Ohio, who quit his job out of frustration regarding low pay and excessive overtime labor. This situation is not necessarily unique to many people who utilize conventional staffing agencies as they tend to place workers in positions without any training or further follow-up.
However, this is not always the case. The news source also cites the experience of a young woman who returned from the Peace Corps and found that her contract position was a valuable stepping stone to a better job.
The agency a job seeker uses can make or break a contract position. Some alternative staffing solutions offer training on the job and compensation based on performance, which allows for workers to develop skills that they can use toward the successful completion of a job. This not only creates valuable experience for the worker, but creates the possibility of future employment with that company.