Employees of temporary help companies fall into a few different categories, according to Dwayne Stevenson, an analyst with the Oregon Employment Department who focuses on occupational data. First, there’s the permanent staff of the company offices. Then there are the true temps, who supplement the client company’s staff on a short-term basis. Many of them are low-skill, low-experience workers, but some are specialized personnel like health care staff or accounting workers working for firms focused on providing such specialized staff. A third category is often referred to as “temp to hires”: many companies use such staffing as an entry point, offering permanent jobs to temps who perform well on the job in a temporary capacity.
This increasingly common entry point could be a lure to workers struggling among the thousands trying to find a job in the slow hiring environment of a jobless recovery.
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