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Affordable Care Act opens doors for temporary employment

Posted on August 30th, 2013 Read time: 1 minutes

According to a survey by Randstad Workforce360, the availability of affordable health care would influence one-third of workers to consider temporary employment. Thirty-three percent of those surveyed, including those who currently have permanent employment, said they would consider becoming temporary workers if reasonable insurance coverage was available to them. This could draw unprecedented numbers of people to become temporary or contract workers in the years ahead.

In addition to the ACA making temporary work seem more viable to much of the workforce, it was also revealed to be particularly appealing in the current economy. According to Randstad Workforce360, 43 percent of workers said the recent recession made them more interested in choosing a career path outside of permanent, full-time employment.

As the economy continues to shift toward brighter times, the hiring of contingent workers has not abated. While firms often choose temporary employees in the aftermath of a recession to ensure they can keep their workforce at the appropriate level in the face of any changes, many analysts believe contingent work is increasingly becoming normal. That workers themselves feel temporary employment can be to their benefit is positive. The economy and the workforce are aligning on this issue, pointing to a possible increase in contingent workers in the coming years.

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