Reno's Rapid Rise in Temporary and Part-time Employment
The part time and temporary job market is enjoying banner business. Last week, job-search company CareerBuilder reported 40% of employers they surveyed plan to hire temp workers in 2013. We found the same banner business in Reno.
PRONET is a non-profit for unemployed professionals where they can online search, and even get free ties and dress outfits for interviews. PRONET Branch Manager Pieter Droog told us, "The temp industry has skyrocketed over the last couple of years. They are the 6th fastest growing industry in the country."
Why the temp job boom? Pieter gave us an example: a local employer who refuses to have more than 50 permanent employees. The employer's reason? "Affordable health care and the budget limitations from Congress...so he's saying, 'I am not going to grow my business until I know everything's in place and what it's going to cost me to hire people.'"
There seems to be a deep change afoot. Instead of looking at workers as assets, nowadays in the business world many companies are looking upon workers as liabilities to the bottom line...turning to temporary workers to trim down salary and health care costs. At Reno's STS Staffing, Diana Allred told us, "The cost advantages are definitely a lack of liability involved with letting somebody go if they're not working out."
What jobs are the hottest temp jobs? CareerBuilder says the ones on the increase are sales reps, office clerks, nurses and home health aides, truck drivers and office clerks. In Reno it's a bit different. The staffing agencies we spoke with said warehousing was far and ahead the top temp job career. Clerical jobs come in second.
While companies may benefit, this is not great news for workers. Temp jobs typically mean lower wages. Allred told us, "The temp jobs are around the $12 range, but a lot of the positions we end up starting for are between $8.50, $9, $10 an hour." Back at PRONET, Pieter Droog agreed. "Traditionally the pay is lower. It's not uncommon to have an engineer making $12 an hour!"
But at Reno's Square 1 Solutions, John Skowronek says the temp jobs they find for people often pave the way to bigger money. For job seekers, "going temp" is a great way to build a relationship with employers for the next opening. As he put it, "It never ceases to amaze me how many temp jobs end up turning permanent when they weren't initially thought to be a permanent position."
At STS Staffing, Diana Allred sees the same thing. She remembers when their clients were truly temporary. They're not so much anymore. "Even some of our one, two day assignments turn into hire positions if they go in with the right attitude and do a good job."
-written by John Potter
For more information on PRONET, a nonprofit service for unemployed professionals, click this link: www.pronetreno.com