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Temp Work Makes Nice Bridge to the Permanent Stuff

Instead of feeling inferior to your fully employed peers for having to accept temporary or contract employment, you might adjust your point of view with the news that the vast majority of folks who’ve put in time with such work engagements exit the experience in a better condition for it.

The American Staffing Association has just disclosed the results of its annual survey, and, it turns out, a whopping 99 percent of temporary and contract workers were more employable for it.

Additionally — and not uncoincidentally — the same 99 percent were able to parlay their provisional employment into a permanent post.

temp-jobsVirtually all of the 2014 ASA Staffing Employee Survey’s respondents indicated that securing a permanent job was important to them. More than that, 49 percent cited a desire for permanent employment as the primary reason for choosing to work in the staffing industry.

Beyond that, respondents singled out a trio of other reasons for taking a turn on the temporary boards: an inability to find permanent employment elsewhere (40 percent), the opportunity to secure valuable work experience (28 percent) and the chance to improve their skills (24 percent).

Other notable revelations of the survey, which polled nearly 12,000 current and former temporary or contract employees from 275 American staffing companies, include:

  • 22 percent of respondents say they chose temporary or contract employment for work schedule flexibility;
  • Temporary and contract employees are almost as likely to work full-time as all adults in the US labour force (76 percent versus 82 percent, respectively).

Best of all, perhaps, is the news that temporary and contract workers tend to be quite fulfilled with their provisional professional lots, thank you very much. Most of the folks who put in time in the temporary trenches found the experience to be an enjoyable one, says the survey. Ninety-two percent say they were satisfied with their staffing companies, and 74 percent bumped their satisfaction rating up to “very” or “extremely.”

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