More people working temp jobs

Posted December 30, 2010

— Unemployment rates in North Carolina and across the nation remain stubbornly high, but one business sector is booming.

Published reports indicate more than 25 percent of the people hired by private U.S. companies this year were temporary workers.

Rod Frankel, president of Frankel Staffing, said using temps allows companies to expand as needed and try workers out without the expense of benefits and taxes for them.

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"Companies are almost hedging their bets," Frankel said. "The tax burden includes Social Security, workers' comp (and) withholding tax. That also includes the risk of unemployment insurance."

Frankel Staffing added more temps to its payroll in 2010 than ever before, he said. His company works to match them with the right job.

Many firms use temps with the idea of hiring the best ones permanently down the road, Frankel said.

"Biotech firms (and) medical device companies (have) remained very strong, and they are hiring," he said. "Areas which I think are increasing in the 'hotness,' if you will, would be the sales force."

Other strong sectors include professional services, office staff and pharmaceuticals, he said, while weak areas remain anything related to construction and real estate.


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  • quaten Dec 31, 2010

    "But right now, there are too many uninsured, with only E.R. care for catastrophic occurences."

    Good point.

  • blackdog Dec 31, 2010

    Now, more and more employers, do not provide insurance coverage. As more low wage employees remain without health insurance, the government becomes liable along with the hospitals. An affordable health insurance must be found. Other benefits can become available later. But right now, there are too many uninsured, with only E.R. care for catastrophic occurences.

  • quaten Dec 31, 2010

    The lack of full-time opportunity is simply a product of the times. Some jobs demand loyalty by an employer. Those jobs are filled with full-time employees. Other jobs are project centric, demanding qualified labor for the life of a project/product. Further down the food-chain, is the certified skilled laborer, with specific job skills. Further still, is the unskilled labor pool.

    It would make sense for the education industry to advise students on the aspects and limits of employment and opportunity in today's world, using the temp industry as a barometer.

  • quaten Dec 31, 2010

    In a world filled with commodities and projects, it's not surprising to see the temp labor industry bloom. All it took was a gasoline crunch to give it a kick-start. It will be equally surprising if the unions don't sink their teeth into it. One might speculate for the struggling business organizations, if they had their wits about them, an opportunity exists to jump aboard this bandwagon.

    As the tempo of technology reforms the nature of product-lines into project-lines, it will make just so much sense to deploy labor resources on a per project basis. Some hurdles remain with the concept of per project labor - namely competence and loyalty. Constant re-training of fresh labor will become a issue for manufacturing. Loyalty will become an even bigger headache - expect to see project "secrets" show up on some temp's facebook page.

  • tjhiggs68 Dec 31, 2010

    I would rather work in a contract position than to have no job at all. Although, I would love to have a permanent position in a very upwardly mobile environment, to actually work with no vacation or benefits seems a waste but it really is an opportunity to upgrade skills, learn the company, and get to understand the logistics of the company. Seems like this is the way of the Corporate Businesses these days and makes me wonder if they truly value and appreciate the work we put in for them.

  • fatchanceimwrong Dec 31, 2010

    Are the kids that are in school now even going to be prepared for a job in the real world once they graduate from highschool?

    The current generation normally communicates through electronic mediums instead of in person so they haven't developed real life communication skills.

    Some jobs in business will require communication with proper grammar. Most kids have learned to communicate in abbreviations and have not developed the skills necessary to put clear, concise statements in a business format.

    Is typing even taught in school these days? I never see kids typing with the peoper keystrokes that I was taught. They either use their thumbs or hunt & peck.

  • Reader X Dec 31, 2010

    It is a trend for companies to hire temps and contract workers now. Rarlely do you see a perm job open up or a temp/ contractor converted to a reg employee. I am one of those people and I keep my contract job with no bennifits or health insurance while I look for reg work. It is ashame our US companies are doing this to us. It is all about corporate greed.

  • fatchanceimwrong Dec 31, 2010

    How about lowering the minimum wage? Getting paid a lower wage is better for everyone than living off the gov't. If the minimum wage was lowered, employers could bring on new employees at a lower cost, thereby creating jobs. Sure, it's nice to be able to guaranty an employee a minimum amount of income, but in today's conditions, it's more important to create jobs and get the economy going.

  • MudLife Dec 31, 2010

    The company I work for in Benson has hired alot of temps lately because they don't have to pay them benefits. They sign a contract saying they will never be hired has a permanent employee.

  • moth Dec 30, 2010

    One third of Japanese workers are now temps.Japan at least has national health care. The US does not. There is almost no regulation of labor contractors what so ever in the US. The contractor can charge $150 an hour for your work and pay you $10 an hour.This countries citizens could wind up being slaves eventually.