One of the major arguments against temporary work is the period of forced inactivity between assignments. During these times, a worker may have no income, a difficult and insufferable situation for all but highly paid contingent labor. However, it is time to recognize that the world has moved on from lifetime employment to lifetime engagements.
Baby Boomers in the Workforce
Last June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a study of employment patterns for workers born in the latter years of the baby boom (1957-1964). These workers today are 49-51 years old, which are traditionally considered the years in which workers are at their peak in terms of experience, compensation, seniority and employment rate. The results of the study may surprise you!
According to the Economists at the San Francisco Federal Reserve:
Another concern frequently raised is the impact contingent employment may have on an individual’s attractiveness as a candidate. Many fear that temporary assignments will not be viewed as real work experience. In reality, recruiters and employers are actually concerned about unexplained gaps in work experience. Short stints at supposedly temporary jobs are as much of a negative as a resume which shows huge gaps between jobs.
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