According to the BLS, the total number of temp workers surged by 7.5% in the past year to 2,279,800 in May. That’s the highest it has been since it reached 2,767,300 in October 2006. And if you have been looking for a full-time, permanent job lately, you know exactly what the situation is like despite the smokescreen of sunshine and roses as portrayed by the mainstream media.
Getting on board with the official meme that temp work = wonderfully liberating, amazingly awesome, and, gives you lots and lots of time for stopping by the corner corporately owned coffee monopoly (because as we know, paying $6 bucks for a thimble full of burnt joe is what all Americans should aspire to) , various and sunder across the web have chimed in with opinions that weren’t just rendered while wearing rose-colored glasses, but those shades were absolutely embedded to the writer’s eyeballs permanently with a blow-torch.
Futurist Speaker blogger, Thomas Frey, writing about The Great Freelancer Movement is chock full of figures to make you all warm and fuzzy, not to mention, hot for, the world of temporary work, particularly as it concerns the Millennial Generation, or Gen Y, those who were born between 1980 – 2000.
Frey is positively brimming with the gospel according to the corporatocracy, and, hits us with eight (8) pie-in-the-sky bullet points of temporary serf goodliness. Get a load of this load.
The freelancer benefit package No, being a freelancer doesn’t come with health insuranc,vacation time, or a 401k plan. But what it does offer is far greater. You’re in control so you get to decide who you want as a client, when you’re available for work, and most often, how much you’ll get paid. Yes sometimes you’ll get fired from a project, but you can also fire your client. Freelancing done right will give you a far higher salary,a far more influential circle of friends, and an ability to make a difference.
Wow, Frey makes it sound as if being a temp does everything except solve world hunger. Rest assured, however, after reading his assessments, temp work will eventually yield exactly that result, as well, I just know it.
Hey, maybe if we work at it hard enough, we can also ride a flying white unicorn while sprinkling magic pixie dust to save the planet from the oil companies and create wage equality for all while we’re at it.
Well, first things first -working as a temp, specifically, one who freelances electronically using portals such as oDesk, will in fact, put you on equal footing with the rest of the undeveloped world, that is for sure. Yours truly has been workin’ the ol’ freelancer gig long enough to know what is and is not kosher on that count.
Not to pick on oDesk (it just happens to be the one freelancing site that I am most familiar with at the present time) but taking a long look around its neck of the ethernet will typically yield a gig as follows:
The employer wants you, the freelancer, to put in 35 hours of the week preferably for less than $1.50/hr Sweet! That oughta get you that brand new , 27- inch widescreen flat-panel IPS LED HD monitor in no time, sparky!
You mean I, too, can experience the thrill of working for Third World wages in a digital sweat shop of my own choosing?
Yes, you can, little American worker! Thanks to the miracle of the global labor pool, you can be just as poverty stricken as Apu over in Bangladesh who earns $0.10 per day! Except in Bangladesh, Apu can still afford food and lodging. You, on the other hand, will have to move in with your parents or into your car or whatever makeshift shelter your freelancing salary will afford you. Perhaps a cardboard box under the bridge just outside town?
It’s a glorious worker’s paradise, dont’cha know? Hey, and don’t forget, if you’re not satisfied with the luxurious salary of less than a buck fifty per hour, remember that you can always fire your client!
Doesn’t that sound awesome?
You know it, baby! Temp work is soooooooo incredibly liberating, character building and altruistic, that the only generations being exhorted and encouraged to take advantage of it are those born after Boomers like Frey have already golden parachuted out of the workforce and have otherwise stockpiled their six digit pensions and 401(k) retirements and are now telling you that you don’t need to have any of the benefits and security his generation had. Don’t you just love how that works?