Temps Becoming Less Temporary

While the rapid growth of temporary jobs in 2010 hasn’t been matched by growth in 2011, there are still 2 million temporary workers on payrolls nationwide, the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind., says.

That’s compared with 2.6 million temps in 2006, at the height of the last economic boom.

So temps are clearly very popular in this recession. And why not? They typically cost less and don’t get severance if they don’t work out or if the economy tanks again.

Employers are keeping temps for longer than usual, too, the Journal Gazette says. “Instead of the typical 60 to 90 days of temporary work, companies are keeping people on 120 to 180 days – or longer – before deciding to hire them as a permanent employee,” Joel Daas, area manager of Manpower’s Fort Wayne office, told the paper.

The bad news for the currently job-seeking: If few new temp jobs have been added and the current jobs are lasting longer and longer, that sounds like low churn, which doesn’t sound any better than what we’ve been hearing for months.