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February 18, 2010

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Eric

Good points. In the "new" economy, contracting will be mighty more important than it has been in the past few years. The dawn of the consultant is here.

LR

To be a contingent worker, especially an older worker, the wage would have to be astronomical.
I would like to see a poll using age as a factor of who wants to work independently with skyrocketing insurance, fees associated with services and being in a higher tax bracket.
My company for my position as a temp or contractor pays Apple One $25/hr., while the worker sees $15/hr. meaning Apple one is pulling in $80/Day for each temp it gets hired. As a permanent position my company pays $16 – 18/ hr. and I have a hard time believing that it’s losing money by having me on full time, especially considering I now pay more out of pocket for less benefits. For instance I used to pay 2 – 5 dollars for prescription drugs that I now fork over 10 – 70 dollars for. Since all the Enron financial folks at the top seemed
to not know what they were doing I wonder now if any large companies financial people really understand
how benefits work and affect both the employer and employee.

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Good points. In the "new" economy, contracting will be mighty more important than it has been in the past few years. The dawn of the consultant is here.

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Goods, but not many services, and not much decline in those quoted. The declining cost of babysitting is presumably part of the generally increase in wage inequality since it's unlikely there has been much productivity growth. How about college education and health insurance?

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Thanks for the information. This is indeed a huge issue, and we see it here in Europe too.

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I don't think this will head in the right direction. Worker classification. Nice post and interesting info that makes you think.

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Informative. We can see a trend coming. The so called current of new economy shows signs of contracting being more valuable.

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Contracting is following the economic upturn and downturns.

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Now that the economy is slowly but surely improving again, we see contracting changing. The US announced that 5% unemployment will be reached around 2015, so we have a long way to go. But good things are done to stimulate.

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