Temporary worker rate skyrockets in 2010

The amount and rate of hiring of temporary workers has jumped significantly over the last year as companies remain hesitant to increase permanent employment in light of shaky economic trends, according to MoneyNews.

Temporary employment grew 23.4 percent between September 2009 and 2010, the largest yearly gain since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking temporary employment data in 1991, according to the American Staffing Association.

Currently, there are 2.2 million people working on a temporary basis, but just 2 percent retain full-time employment at the same company, says MoneyNews.

"What I hear from our members is, 'Expect the trend to continue, even in the face of anemic job recovery,'" Richard Wahlquist, president and CEO of the ASA, told HREonline.

Wahlquist said that 404,000 temporary jobs were in added 2010 alone, including a 19 percent increase in temporary payrolls in November. That figure coincides with the 39,000 jobs added nationwide in the latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of the 4,000 executives surveyed by Robert Half International - a major source of temp workers - just 10 percent of respondents said they would increase full-time staff, while five percent said they would cut staff. 

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