By Art Koff, Founder of RetiredBrains.com
There is a noticeable shift in the labor market with employers increasingly
using part-time and temporary workers. Companies view labor more as
inventory that is to be hired when they need it and let go when they don't need
it. This is evidenced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics June report which shows
part-time jobs soared by almost 800,000 to more than 38 million. The BLS also
stated that in June part-time employees swelled to 7.5 million compared with
just 4.4 million in 2007.
Many job seekers are seeking part-time and temporary assignments and many
others are looking for full-time jobs but readily accept these jobs while they
continue to look. This is backed up by the Labor Department’s report of a sharp
rise in the number of part-time workers who prefer full-time jobs. The total
jumped by 275,000 in June to 7.5 million.
Employers are hiring older workers for these kinds of “at will” assignments
as they generally do not have to pay benefits and the costs of off boarding are
minimal by comparison to having to let a full-time person go. Any time
employers find hiring from a certain area is more cost effective you can be sure
this area will be given a great deal of attention. In addition the Affordable
Care Act, which requires firms with at least 50 employees to provide health
insurance to those working at least 30 hours, seems to be prompting some
businesses to hire more part-time workers to save these insurance expenditures.
Part-time and temporary jobs are particularly attractive to older workers as
benefits are not as necessary as they were when these workers were still
raising a family and before some could take advantage of Medicare.
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information on how to find temporary jobs and project assignments along with a
list of the temporary jobs most in demand.
Seasonal & summer/fall/winter/holiday jobs
These kinds of jobs are often misunderstood and when RetiredBrains asked
readers to identify a number of seasonal jobs most could only point to holiday
jobs; mostly in retail. Seasonal jobs are diverse and you should certainly look
for something that appeals to you as most pay relatively little money. The
average person that takes a seasonal job is more interested in the experience.
Jobs listed often include guiding tours at the zoo; working in national parks
for the concessionaires who run the hotels, restaurants, gift shops and
marinas, working at resorts and fishing lodges and for transportation and
tourism companies. If you are a golfer there are jobs at golf courses as
rangers or starters; or even driving the ball pickup tractor at driving ranges
or working behind the desk at the pro shop.