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For Many Americans, ‘Temp’ Work Becomes Permanent Way of Life
For Americans who can’t find jobs, the booming demand for temp workers has been a path out of unemployment, but now many fear it’s a dead-end route.
With full-time work hard to find, these workers have built temping into a de facto career, minus vacation, sick days or insurance. The assignments might be temporary — a few months here, a year there — but labor economists warn that companies’ growing hunger for a workforce they can switch on and off could do permanent damage to these workers’ career trajectories and retirement plans.
Economists say it’s typical for temporary hiring to rise initially as the economy recovers, before businesses are ready to commit to hiring full-time employees. But Susan Houseman, senior economist at Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, said the current pattern doesn’t fit historic norms.
“Right now we’re seeing something interesting,” she said. “We’ve seen it surpass its previous highs, so it looks like there could be a structural shift going on, too. There’s a reason to believe we might see some increase in the use of temporary help in general.”
http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/in-plain-sight/many-americans-temp-work-becomes-permanent-way-life-n81071


Or just call them contractors like they do in IT, and see how long they last.  I think I’m at 6 years and counting, and the vast majority of jobs open for my skillset are contract jobs, too.

Almost 12 years for me.

datagoddess:

thinksquad:

For Many Americans, ‘Temp’ Work Becomes Permanent Way of Life

For Americans who can’t find jobs, the booming demand for temp workers has been a path out of unemployment, but now many fear it’s a dead-end route.

With full-time work hard to find, these workers have built temping into a de facto career, minus vacation, sick days or insurance. The assignments might be temporary — a few months here, a year there — but labor economists warn that companies’ growing hunger for a workforce they can switch on and off could do permanent damage to these workers’ career trajectories and retirement plans.

Economists say it’s typical for temporary hiring to rise initially as the economy recovers, before businesses are ready to commit to hiring full-time employees. But Susan Houseman, senior economist at Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, said the current pattern doesn’t fit historic norms.

“Right now we’re seeing something interesting,” she said. “We’ve seen it surpass its previous highs, so it looks like there could be a structural shift going on, too. There’s a reason to believe we might see some increase in the use of temporary help in general.”

http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/in-plain-sight/many-americans-temp-work-becomes-permanent-way-life-n81071

Or just call them contractors like they do in IT, and see how long they last. I think I’m at 6 years and counting, and the vast majority of jobs open for my skillset are contract jobs, too.

Almost 12 years for me.

redribbontails:

horseingaboutt:

browbands:

"look at my entire horse"

Still one of the best photo and captions on Tumblr.

"fuck its like you get heavier every time we do this"

(via lonelysilverrain)

New Post: Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?

supergreat shark

You know one of the reasons why my weekly links posts have so much depth? Why I read so widely?

It’s because I used to be afraid to speak. Instead, I read. That is how I participated in the community. I still read.

But I am no longer afraid to speak.

I feel that’s important for me to put out there after the last few days.

Complaining about the Hugo nominations happens year after year. And yet:…

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Your Rights Aren’t Being Violated

…I just might think you’re an asshole.  It’s a big internet. Go play somewhere else. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Unpacking yarn!

Obligatory Hugo Nomination Reaction Post (with GIFs)

I love seeing my friends and colleagues getting nominated for Hugo Awards.

Love it.

This is how excited I get:

30-Rock

And I am really excited by seeing so many great nominees.  There are going to be lots of first time winners this year, which is AWESOME. My favorite novel and short story from last year were nominated (Ancillary Justice and “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love”). The fanzine, best related…

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More progress in the studio. Books are OFFICALLY all unpacked.

Links are a many-splendored thing.

Diversity Is Not Enough: Race, Power, Publishing Completely amazing essay by Daniel José Older. Amazing. Fetish reading and genre reading…

Magnets have started to gather on the fridge…

Fuzzy kitty belly! Nothing nefarious going on here, nope nope nope.