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New Poll Reveals U.S. Adults View Temporary Employment as Best Option Following Layoff


The survey, which aimed to quantify the appeal of several frequently cited options available to unemployed workers, found that pursuing a temp job (defined as a transitional job held while looking for permanent employment) is preferred by a wide margin to going back to school to learn a new skill or profession (21%), waiting for the right opportunity while receiving unemployment assistance (11%), starting a new business (5%), or something else (8%).

January 2011

Mark Lancaster

"The data reflects what we are seeing in our own business," added Lancaster.  "Permanent hiring of EmploymentGroup temporary staff increased nearly fourfold in 2010, as many of the employers we serve began moving from a highly cautious outlook to positioning themselves for renewed growth in 2011 and beyond."

The survey provided some additional interesting findings regarding perceptions of temporary employment:

  • Women are more likely to agree that temp jobs often lead to a permanent position (74%), versus men (66%);
  • Temp jobs hold more appeal for older women:  63% of women ages 55 and older feel temporary employment is the best option following a layoff, versus 56% of all adult women and 51% of men ages 55 and older;
  • $35,000 and $49,900
  • Part-time workers are much more likely to agree temp employment is the best option following a layoff than full-time or self-employed workers (63% vs. 53%);
  • Ranges in U.S. geographic region and household size didn’t seem nearly as relevant in predicting perceptions regarding temporary employment as gender, age and employment status

About the Survey

the United States January 11-13, 2011 Julie Johnston [email protected]

About Harris Interactive

About EmploymentGroup

Michigan Illinois

SOURCE EmploymentGroup

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