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  Trends and Challenges for Work in the 21st Century
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Flexible Staffing Arrangements

A Report on Temporary Help, On-Call, Direct-Hire Temporary, Leased, Contract Company, and Independent Contractor Employment in the United States

Susan N. Houseman
August 1999

6. The Quality of Flexible Staffing Jobs

The large and growing number of workers in temporary and contract arrangements has raised concern primarily because these jobs are perceived as being "bad" jobs. Here I review evidence on the wages, benefits, and job security of workers in various flexible staffing arrangements compared with those in regular positions.

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