“Just a temp?”

As recently as a decade ago, being a “temp” often carried a negative stigma with it. If you worked as a temporary employee, you were sometimes viewed as a second-rate worker by direct employees and even assignment supervisors.

How times have changed! Today’s temporary employee is “large and in charge,” and the temporary workforce is growing and evolving rapidly. Over the years, contingent employees have progressed from “fill ins” to becoming an indispensable part of the American workforce.

Whether you’re an existing temporary or contract employee, or are considering taking the plunge, here are a few key statistics from the American Staffing Association (ASA) which demonstrate our industry’s progress:


  • Contingent workers are on the rise. During an average week, more than 3 million temporary and contract employees work for American staffing agencies. That’s up from 2.66 million in 2010!
  • Most work full-time. More than three-quarters (76%) of staffing employees work full-time, which is comparable to the direct workforce (82%).

And In Charge

  • Contingent work is a viable path to direct employment. Roughly half (49%) say it’s a way to get a permanent job, and 9 out of 10 staffing employees said that assignments made them more employable.
  • Among workers who say that finding a permanent job is a top priority, 99% achieve their objective.
  • Opportunities for temporary workers have expanded tremendously. In addition to traditional office and light industrial assignments (which our Reading employment agency specializes in), contingent opportunities are now available in virtually every organizational level, industry, and functional area.

Take, for example, the ASA’s National Staffing Employee of the Year, Thomas Sutton. A mechanical designer with aerospace experience, Sutton states, “My experiences as a (contingent) employee have been exceedingly satisfying and led me to where I am today – in a great, flexible assignment with a great company. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to seek work in the staffing industry.”

Control. Flexibility. Experience. A bridge to a direct job. These are just a few of the reasons millions of Americans – and thousands of Berks & Beyond employees – have chosen temporary and contract work.

What’s your reason? What can Berks & Beyond do for you? Search temp jobs here or contact our Reading employment agency (or your local Berks & Beyond office) today!


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