According to the latest jobs report when it comes to employment "temporary" seems to be the new "permanent."
12 percent of workers now have temporary jobs.
It's a number familiar to workers right here in the Bayou City even though Houston's employment rate is at the
highest level in the city's history. The Texas Workforce Commission reports we now have more than 78-thousand
people currently employed in the job category "Employment Services," that includes a lot of "temps" some by necessity,
others by choice.
"I do sourcing, interviewing, bring candidates in...it's on a need basis. I started working on a 2-4 week assignment,"
that was a year ago says Abraham Chopin who proved himself and it still working as a temp.
"That word in itself lets you know there's some instability but it's really just up to the person and what
it is they're looking for." As a recent college graduate Chopin says he didn't know what he wanted in a permanent job and
that's why being a temp works for him apparently it works for many other too. According to the Labor Department only
47 percent of Americans have a full-time job and those who don't are finding it increasingly out-of-reach. The Associated
Press reports temporary jobs are more permanent than a contract and it maybe because they typically receive low pay
and few benefits. In fact, the number of temps has jumped more than 50 percent since the recession ended four years ago.
"Because they want to see where the economy is going to shift and where it's gonna take them and where it might
take their company especially in the oil and gas arena," Marykay Hinton is a manager at Primary Services here in Houston.
The agency has over 700 workers on assignment right now including Chopin who admits temporary work isn't for everyone
and a setback could be lack of health insurance and benefits.
"It was not super expensive but it was a little bit more than what I wanted to pay" the 25 year old admits he opted out
any type of coverage but stressed it was a choice since Primary Services does offer all their employees
health benefits, vacation and holidays plus 401k.
But since not everyone has the luxury of choosing to work as a temp, he says
consider that often times the job really is only temporary,
"they don't always stay as temporary assignments I've seen a lot go permanent in no time."