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The Rise Of The Temp Economy: More U.S. Employers Than Ever Want A ‘Disposable Workforce’

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Disposable Workers - Public DomainIn this day and age it seems like almost everything is disposable, and many employers have found that they can make a lot more money if they have a workforce that can be turned on and off like a faucet. In America today, there are more than 17 million “independent workers”, and they represent a bigger share of the workforce than ever before. Federal laws give a lot of protection to “full-time workers”, but for temporary and contract employees it is a much different story. Temp workers don’t get health insurance, vacation time or retirement benefits. They are simply paid for the limited amount of time that they are needed and then they are disposed of immediately. There has always been a role for such workers in our economy, but these days some of the biggest corporations in the entire country are getting rid of “full-time workers” and replacing them with temp workers just so that they can make a few extra bucks. As a result, the ranks of the “working poor” continue to expand, and the decline of the middle class is accelerating.

Steven Hill, a senior fellow with the New America Foundation and the author of “Raw Deal: How the Uber Economy and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers“, says that the rise of the “1099 economy” is fundamentally shifting the balance of power between employers and employees

This practice has given rise to the term “1099 economy,” since these employees don’t file W-2 income tax forms like any regular, permanent employee; instead, they receive the 1099-MISC form for an IRS classification known as “independent contractor.” The advantage for a business of using 1099 workers over W-2 wage-earners is obvious: an employer usually can lower its labor costs dramatically, often by 30 percent or more, since it is not responsible for a 1099 worker’s health benefits, retirement, unemployment or injured workers compensation, lunch breaks, overtime, disability, paid sick, holiday or vacation leave and more. In addition, contract workers are paid only for the specific number of hours they spend providing labor, or completing a specific job, which increasingly are being reduced to shorter and shorter “micro-gigs.”

Yes, there have always been temp agencies. And there has always been a need for workers that can come in and do a job on a short-term basis. But today, many of the largest and wealthiest corporations in America are purposely getting rid of “full-time workers” and instead are bringing in “independent contractors” to do the exact same jobs.

In some instances, the full-time workers that get fired are actually brought back as the new “temp workers”

Merck, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, was a vanguard of this underhanded strategy. When it came under pressure to cut costs, it sold its Philadelphia factory to a company that fired all 400 employees—and then rehired them back as independent contractors. Merck then contracted with the company to carry on making antibiotics for them, using the exact same workers.

An Arizona public-relations firm, LP&G, fired 88 percent of its staff, and then rehired them as freelancers working out of their homes, with no benefits. Even Outmagazine, the most-read gay monthly in the U.S., laid off its entire editorial staff and then rehired most of them as freelancers, without benefits and with salary cuts.

All of those companies should be absolutely disgusted with themselves.

How can the executives responsible for those decisions even sleep at night?

Don’t they understand what they are doing to people?

When you go from being a full-time worker to being on “temp status”, the changes can be quite dramatic. If this has ever happened to you, then you know what I am talking about. Having to pay “the other half” of the payroll tax or having to find your own much more expensive health insurance are just two of the big negatives that “independent contractors” have to face…

Suddenly I was responsible for paying for my own health care, arranging for my own IRAs and saving for my own retirement. I also had to pay the employer’s half of the Social Security payroll tax, as well as Medicare — nearly an extra 8 percent deducted from my income. The costs for my health-care premiums zoomed out of sight, since I was no longer part of a large health-care pool that could negotiate favorable rates.

The decline in the quality of our jobs is a theme that I have revisited repeatedly in my writing. In order for us to have a thriving middle class, we need lots of good paying middle class jobs.

But our economy is not producing many of those jobs. Instead, most of the growth has been in low paying service jobs. The Middle class in the United States is being slowly but surely shredded, and our politicians don’t seem to care. If you doubt that the middle class is falling apart, just check out the following numbers which come from my previous article entitled “Sayonara Middle Class: 22 Stunning Pieces Of Evidence That Show The Middle Class In America Is Dying“…

#1 This week we learned that for the first time ever recorded, middle class Americans make up a minority of the population. But back in 1971, 61 percent of all Americans lived in middle class households.

#2 According to the Pew Research Center, the median income of middle class households declined by 4 percent from 2000 to 2014.

#3 The Pew Research Center has also found that median wealth for middle class households dropped by an astounding 28 percent between 2001 and 2013.

#4 In 1970, the middle class took home approximately 62 percent of all income. Today, that number has plummeted to just 43 percent.

#5 There are still 900,000 fewer middle class jobs in America than there were when the last recession began, but our population has gotten significantly larger since that time.

#6 According to the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.

#7 For the poorest 20 percent of all Americans, median household wealth declined from negative 905 dollars in 2000 to negative 6,029 dollars in 2011.

#8 A recent nationwide survey discovered that 48 percent of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 believe that “the American Dream is dead”.

#9 At this point, the U.S. only ranks 19th in the world when it comes to median wealth per adult.

#10 Traditionally, entrepreneurship has been one of the engines that has fueled the growth of the middle class in the United States, but today the level of entrepreneurship in this country is sitting at an all-time low.

#11 If you can believe it, the 20 wealthiest people in this country now have more money than the poorest 152 million Americans combined.

#12 The top 0.1 percent of all American families have about as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent of all American families combined.

#13 If you have no debt and you also have ten dollars in your pocket, that gives you a greater net worth than about 25 percent of all Americans.

#14 The number of Americans that are living in concentrated areas of high poverty has doubled since the year 2000.

#15 An astounding 48.8 percent of all 25-year-old Americans still live at home with their parents.

#16 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans now live in a home that receives money from the government each month, and nearly 47 million Americans are living in poverty right now.

#17 In 2007, about one out of every eight children in America was on food stamps. Today, that number is one out of every five.

#18 According to Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, the authors of a new book entitled “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America“, there are 1.5 million “ultrapoor” households in the United States that live on less than two dollars a day. That number has doubled since 1996.

#19 46 million Americans use food banks each year, and lines start forming at some U.S. food banks as early as 6:30 in the morning because people want to get something before the food supplies run out.

#20 The number of homeless children in the U.S. has increased by 60 percent over the past six years.

#21 According to Poverty USA, 1.6 million American children slept in a homeless shelter or some other form of emergency housing last year.

#22 The median net worth of families in the United States was $137, 955 in 2007. Today, it is just $82,756.

So is there a solution?

Is our transition to a “1099 economy” inevitable?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

  • James

    Don’t they understand what they are doing to people?

    Like shareholders. Yep, keep the profit rolling in.

  • K

    Luke 16

    22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

    23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

    24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

    25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

    • James

      1. Yes everone dies
      2. Yes people are buried after they di

      • K

        Sad, that is all you got from that.

        • James

          The bible is a dumb hill anyway.
          It has been the cause of many many wars

          • K

            I say the Bible, has never started a single war. People start wars. People who are not, what they say they are. People who misquote, or take things out of context. For their own purposes. The problem is not the Bible. It is crazy people, greedy people, and down right evil people.

          • James

            Try the crusades

          • K

            A power struggle between Muslims, trying to gain territory and influence, and a Pope trying to gain territory and influence. Nothing Biblical about it.

          • James

            It was because of Religious texts

          • K

            Not even close. Do you always believe, everything you are told? Why not try some critical thinking, and some independent research. Greedy and ambitious men, use religion as an excuse.

          • James

            And people fall for the religion nonsense

    • VigilanteCaregiver

      Wonderful choice of scripture. Thank you!

  • Barry Goldwater

    Haven’t you noticed how each Q report we’re being coerced into accepting dismal growth numbers as the ” new normal ” ?
    These days 2% or even less are touted as “an American comeback ” !
    Margins for growth are shrinking and we’re moving into a break even economy in which just trying to keep one’s head above water is an everyday occurrence.
    Rental stores, temporary services and pay day lenders are booming businesses, the New America.
    ” Home of the Free ” is being replaced by ” borrow 200 payback 203 “.

    • RTL89

      Excellent points. I live very frugally. Just because I don’t sink into debt for unneeded things like the newest gadgets, I’m called “cheap”. People don’t seem to realize that when you make a purchase with credit, and have no disposable income to pay off that discrepancy, you are essentially robbing money from the future to pay off your selfish whims. This is what our society as a whole has turned into. “Everything is just fine as long as I can slide my plastic card into the machine” The governments have analyzed us and now understand that they can use this weakness as a means to enslave us. Become indebted AND reliant, and now you’re vulnerable.
      All these temp agencies are staffed with young people who seek out a full time career pathway by misleading people into thinking that there are jobs when there really are none. Of course the temp business is booming!

      • James

        Then buy stock in Kelley Services.
        Life is not that hard

        • RTL89

          I’m not sure what point you’re trying to make here, unless you’re encouraging me to make money off the backs of the impoverished

          • James

            Hey why not make money off impoverished people. It’s going to happen anyway if you listen to this site

          • James

            What is wrong off of making money off of impoverished people.
            If I had the money, I would buy the patent rights to a life-saving drug with no alternatives and jack up the price 10,00%

          • Gay Veteran

            may you get an uncurable disease.
            oh wait, you already have retardation

          • James

            may you get an uncurable disease.
            oh wait, you already have retardation

          • RTL89

            Then that makes you an evil sonofabitch, no better than the people currently in power

    • James

      Margins for growth are shrinking and we’re moving into a break even economy in which just trying to keep one’s head above water is an everyday occurrence.

      LOLOLOL. The profit margin for the S&P500 is growing, growing, growing.

      Rental stores, temporary services and pay day lenders are booming businesses, the New America. If you believe so, then buy their stock. Stop complaining about it.

      ” Home of the Free ” is being replaced by ” borrow 200 payback 203.
      No,it is being replaced by buy a 200 bond and get paid back 205 from school districts

    • James

      Haven’t you noticed how each Q report we’re being coerced into accepting dismal growth numbers as the ” new normal ” ?
      These days 2% or even less are touted as “an American comeback ” !

      Mostly lazy, anti-intellectual blue collar middle class workers who can’t realize that manufacturing is dead and that biotech is booming and that even Sequenom is paying piles of cash for entry level jobs?

      • Gay Veteran

        yeah, have EVERYBODY work in biotech!
        moron

        • James

          Or information technology.
          Or finance.
          Or professional consulting.

          Or any of the many fields experiencing rapid growth

          • Gay Veteran

            Finance? banks laying off people.

            and do those “many fields” offer 10s of MILLIONS of new jobs?

          • James

            Banks are also hiring
            Yes

          • Gay Veteran

            stupid troll:

            Wall Street Journal
            Updated May 28, 2015 6:44 p.m.
            
            “J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is cutting more than 5,000 jobs….”

          • James

            Also from the Wall Street Journal

            The layoffs won’t necessarily mean that overall head count at the bank will continue to fall; J.P. Morgan hires about 40,000 employees each year

            40,000-5,000=35,000 new jobs!

          • Gay Veteran

            provide some PROOF of your BS

          • James
        • James

          Have the skill sets and piles of money can come your way.
          Ex, not pushing buttons in a factory but genetic sequencing, analysis, and SQL Server

          • Gay Veteran

            oh yes, MILLIONS of jobs

          • James

            yes, according to BLS data.
            The best data set there is

          • Gay Veteran

            riiiiiiiiiight, MILLIONS of jobs waiting to be filled

  • winnie the pooh

    This world is in deep distress and will only get worse as we begin a new year. The powers to be do not care about its citizens because they have what they want…POWER. I do not believe in violence, but I believe the best thing that could happen to this country is what happened to France in 1789 or Russia in 1917 when the masses said ENOUGH!!!
    Our leaders of both political parties have forgotten who put them in Washington or any State or local Government ; and most CEOs, & CFOs are looking at nothing more than the bottom line… why ? because they have the POWER.
    Those that have the POWER take from the masses, while the masses struggle just to get by on a daily basis. The Government is not designed to fail, but over the past 40 – 60 (?) years the people have made bad choices in its leadership and now it is like rats on a sinking ship. It is not like the Titanic where there were not enough boats, its more like those with POWER can have a seat and they will make the rules up as they go.
    I pray for this country everyday, but we have become an instant gratifying and disposable country. TPTB now look at its citizens, and employees as disposable, or worse they don’t see them at all. They live in their homes in the suburbs, drive their fancy cars to and from work, have food on the table 3 times a day everyday, and can party weekly with friends and family, yet they do not see.
    Again I am not advocating violence of any sort but we as a country have swung so far to the other side that the pendulum needs to start swinging in the other direction and the government needs to let the people govern what the people need, not what the government think they need / want them to have. There are so many things that are wrong with this country, but the MOST IMPORTANT thing going for this country is its citizens and the rights and benefit’s that we have as Americans; yet they are quickly being eroded and someone somewhere has to take a stance and begin to lead this country with the main priority … its people. NOT POWER! NOT WEALTH! OR BACK ROOM DEALS! or there will not be a US of A, but the shambles of a 3rd world nation. My God have mercy on this nation.

    • James

      Yes, if you are a sucky employee you should be a temp. If you one of the millions of pieces of anti-intellectual middle class pieces of trash, then go die

      • Gay Veteran

        says the troll

        • James

          No evidence for that

        • James

          true though

          • Gay Veteran

            says the troll.

    • James

      There are plenty of ways to make piles of money but anti-intellectual middle class lazy scum won’t do it

      • Gay Veteran

        more troll talk

        • James

          No evidence

    • Gay Veteran

      “…Our leaders of both political parties have forgotten who put them in Washington or any State or local Government….”

      no they haven’t, it was the top 0.1%

  • I have worked as a 1099 independent contractor but I’m not American and worked from outside America, which worked great. 1099 work is great for people who get contract in America but work abroad..like Digital Nomads etc.

  • James

    All of those companies should be absolutely disgusted with themselves

    Not really. If you are low enough for your company to be disposable, your company probally does not need you anway

    • Gay Veteran

      troll

      • James

        Prove to me that it is trolling

        • Gay Veteran

          ROFLOL, prove to a troll that he’s trolling

  • James

    Merck, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, was a vanguard of this underhanded strategy. When it came under pressure to cut costs, it sold its Philadelphia factory to a company that fired all 400 employees—and then rehired them back as independent contractors. Merck then contracted with the company to carry on making antibiotics for them, using the exact same workers.

    Yippee! Merck stock can go up and antibiotic prices can go down while blue collar mooches can suck themselves

    • James

      I love cheap
      Ceftolozane

      • Gay Veteran

        you need some cheap lithium

        • James

          What you need is a good dose of oral Azithromycin with IV
          Ceftriaxone.

          • Gay Veteran

            no cure for your condition

        • James

          You also need a good dose of Sovaldi, Tenofovir, and Atripla.
          Maybe even some doxycycline, valacyclovir and penicillin G

          I hope you get the joke

          • Gay Veteran

            awwwww, you know how to use Google.
            only joke here is you

          • James

            Everyone knows how to use google.

            I don’t think you get the joke

          • Gay Veteran

            joke = YOU

          • James

            You are the joke

    • Gay Veteran

      “…antibiotic prices can go down….”

      riiiiiiiight, moron

      • James

        Antibiotic prices can go down if labor costs go down or if they go generic.

        As an example look at the prices of ciprofloxacin, doxycycline, vancomycin, or azithromycin.

        A better example could also be cancer drugs

        Prices of Gleevec, Nexavar. Revlimid, or rituximab.

        Heck even specality drugs
        Prices of Solvadi, Harvoni, Daraprim

        • Gay Veteran

          they go down when they go off patent

  • James

    . Even Outmagazine, the most-read gay monthly in the U.S., laid off its entire editorial staff and then rehired most of them as freelancers, without benefits and with salary cuts.

    If their writers are any good, being a freelancer is not that bad. Write a good piece, watch the AP pick it up and live off the royalities

  • James

    The median net worth of families in the United States was $137, 955 in 2007. Today, it is just $82,756.

    Yeah, maybe middle class idiots should think before buying a gas-guzzling car with an unaffordable mortgage

    • JF

      These days the term ‘affordable’ is a joke. NOTHING is affordable.

      • James

        Really?
        Most stuff has been costing the same adjusted for income.
        However, the price of technology has been going down.
        Even the big ones such as prescriptions and college education can be counteracted with some easy moves.
        1. Buy your Lipitor from Canada generic
        2. Get those scholarships

        • Gay Veteran

          oh yeah, not like health care hasn’t gone up, or food, or tuition, etc.

          • James

            Food price hikes have not gone up to high.
            Piles of financial aid for tuition.

            Healthcare is pretty easy-
            healthcare . gov has great insurance policies for cheap prices, and you can always legally use relatives to shelter income and assests to take advantage of PAP’s from device and pharma companies and you should be fine

          • Gay Veteran

            healthcare . gov has great insurance policies for cheap prices AND high deductibles

          • James

            Yes, then you get to open a HSA and play around with tax code loophooles.
            Plus a 3,000 deductible is not large. If you do not have 3,000 in the bank and you are not a recent college/hs grad, hahahaha

          • Gay Veteran

            more like $6000 deductible, PLUS premiums

            p.o.s. troll

          • James

            No ,more like $500 dollar premium and 3000 dollar deductible

          • Gay Veteran

            more of your BS

          • James

            I have already proved you wrong

    • Gay Veteran

      maybe you should think period

  • James

    The number of homeless children in the U.S. has increased by 60 percentover the past six years. Poor people have higher birth rates. Big deal

    • Gay Veteran

      says the resident a-hole

  • James

    This practice has given rise to the term “1099 economy,” since these employees don’t file W-2 income tax forms like any regular, permanent employee; instead, they receive the 1099-MISC form for an IRS classification known as “independent contractor.” The advantage for a business of using 1099 workers over W-2 wage-earners is obvious: an employer usually can lower its labor costs dramatically, often by 30 percent or more, since it is not responsible for a 1099 worker’s health benefits, retirement, unemployment or injured workers compensation, lunch breaks, overtime, disability, paid sick, holiday or vacation leave and more. In addition, contract workers are paid only for the specific number of hours they spend providing labor, or completing a specific job, which increasingly are being reduced to shorter and shorter “micro-gigs.”

    Oh companies like saving money?? Big deal! (SARC)
    If middle class scum that this site writes about have any actual skills such as genetic analysis, you can easily get a job. Heck, look at the job listings as Sequenom, a struggling California biotech company or Gilead Sciences and you see that this job crisis is fake and an excuse for lazy racist blue collar workers to not assimilate and transistion and hope that their union bloat and government blackmail can still work

    • Gay Veteran

      oh yeah, I’m sure there are MILLIONS of jobs in the biotech industry. right?

      can’t wait until your job is outsourced to China

      your lack of empathy is a sign of psychosis

  • horse777res

    Go to now ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. ” James 5:1 “

  • VigilanteCaregiver

    Some Democratic Socialist Utopia, right Mike!

    Country made it’s decisions, and wakes up each morning to sustain those lousy decisions.

    I was out of work for over 2 years being a 24/7 unpaid caregiver for the greatest woman in history and modern times. I fought for my right to work and won (they reworded the mistake as a misunderstanding of the regulations). Now, my precious wonderful wife is going in for more testing: she may have declined into Early Onset Dementia. The other disabilities are holding on, but declining. The diabetes is controlled better, her balance is better from specifically-targeted physical therapy (she can hours without the cane). In that time 2 adults and three kids lived on Social Security, Church assistance, and excuses from the State and Feds. Home production using the Mormon model really worked and still does.

    Today, we pay for our health insurance for the family. Wife still has Medicare, but that’s a legal requirement. Yes, there are laws that protect the disabled thankfully. We don’t earn a lot to be considered out of imposed poverty (having a disabled spouse pretty much ensures such a status) but we’re not poor. By Social Security Disability rules we can’t have a retirement fund, inheritance, or any investments. They’ll cut the funding, which I have no problem with, but the State of Utah would come down on me for negligence if I’m not automatically earning at least $80K per year to cover her needs.

    And that’s the whole problem: the rules were written to ensure failure. The list Mike has here shows the immediate results. The rules were written with the intention to fail us all. Just, for my family and I, these rules were made to screw us first and has done so.

    However, there is a God in command of this earth. No matter what: the sun comes up, the crops still grow, the rabbits still breed (even in winter), chemical reactions take place, material is still malleable, the Constitution is still the law of the land, and I still hold His priesthood. No amount of childish crying, corrupt voting, social pressures, or half-baked viewpoints will change any of that.

    • K

      As usual, we are in almost full agreement. The one thing, I would have you consider. I do not think the rules, are so much meant to cause failure. Since nowadays they only sometimes enforce them. They are meant as a sword, that can be held, over everyone’s head. If you can make everyone a criminal, to some degree. Your control of the population, is complete. I have followed your postings over the years. There is no doubt, you are a fighter. Wish there were more.

      • Gay Veteran

        the rules are for us serfs, not for the elites

      • VigilanteCaregiver

        Sword of Damocles hangs over us all… Well reasoned.

        Agreed that the laws and regs as currently constituted does what your said, also. Threat of prosecution along with blackmail can gain someone a degree of control. Even that is quite dangerous. There’s always a better criminal and every tyrant creates the means and opportunity for their own downfall.

        Been following your posts too. Good stuff, mate!

    • James

      :)

      Perhaps, enroll your wife in some clinical trials and get working

    • Gay Veteran

      knowing you’re a coward who has a computer program to block you seeing certain messages, I’ll post this anyway:

      “…the Constitution is still the law of the land….”

      ROFLOL, the Constitution is a dead letter.

      “…and I still hold His priesthood….” in the fake mormon church

  • Mistanick

    This is a good article and one that should be read or sent to every high school student.

    Our school systems and colleges are geared to the “job market” churning out drone candidates for fewer and fewer jobs. Team player students can’t think for themselves, innovate, or have the drive or imagination to even begin to think of being a business owner.

    Colleges are in lock step with big business in this, too. Fold in the student loan scam, and the college graduate arrives with their degree anchored down with $50K in debt and no real skills to run a business, but they are good at being a “team player”. Some end up starting out as NON PAID interns, moving back in with mom and dad as they struggle to make sense of it all and most never will because they were raised to be an employee and not an owner of their destiny.

    • JF

      For a long time now employers have placed team player over skills. Could not believe the questions I was asked when looking for work 15 years ago after I went back to school to update my office skills. Nothing about what skills I had.

    • James

      Yes,
      HS students should believe this cherry picked data.

      • Mistanick

        James, you are a dump hill, a troll, a non-person who deserves no respect or recognition. Get lost or better yet, get a job if anyone will hire you or if you are old enough.

  • Sam

    Sorry, but many things at the top of this article are simply not correct. I have been doing contract work for 31 years. I pick the companies I want to work for and I pick when I want to work. I have several “contractors” that work for me now and I supply the “contract” with the customers. They are highly paid and they are paid 1.5 the rate for OT and they get to write off all their home office expenses. We are highly skilled in a technical profession. The slant of the top portion of this article is completely and utterly incorrect. I chose this method of working and it has provided a stellar lifestyle for me and my family as well as the families of many other people who work for me. Sorry, but Contract workers ( in my industry ) are very well paid, highly regarded and extremely well treated since they can walk at anytime and possess very needed skills that are in extremely high demand.

    • James

      Yes, I do a bit of consulting because it pays beautifully and get to write off my health insurance and home office expenses. It’s great

    • Gay Veteran

      the only point you made: Contract workers ( in MY industry ) are very well paid

    • David

      in your industry doesn’t mean contract workers are paid well in ALL Industries just yours I suppose.

  • Archie

    From the point of a small business owner with only 3 employees, if my employees were “full-time”, 1 employee would probably be completely out of a job. The costs associated with taxes, workers comp, insurance, etc are outrageous, and I cannot afford it. To be able to afford it, I would either have to cut pay, lose an employee or raise the prices I charge to clients, which isn’t an option with competitors. I am by no means getting rich, and at times make LESS than my employees after business costs are deducted. Before throwing off on businesses than 1099 their employees, think of the costs associated with having those employees as full-time. It can cost thousands of dollars each year that the employer must pay out. I’d rather use that money to give someone else a job.

    • iris

      Great attitude, Archie. Can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip. People like you are what has made our country great, at least, once great. More power and less taxes to small businesses!

      • James

        Taxes on businesses have been the lowest since 1950.

    • James

      BOO HOO!

      You have to pay 1/2 of payroll taxes, workers comp, all the insurances and match retirement accounts so your employees don’t go away.

      I feel so bad for you. (SARC)

  • alan9074

    I find myself forced to work 1099 (IT industry) or not work. Why? Well, every time I apply for a full-time position with benefits as described in this article, there are 100, 200, sometimes over 600 people applying for said job. I’m not advanced IT either, I’m basically 1st-tier support, but the people competing for these entry-level jobs typically have bachelor degrees and many, many years of experience. In other words, they’re way over qualified for these jobs, but they’re taking them because they have to, why? Because rent is so outrageously high everywhere that you have to own a home so that you’re not throwing exorbitant amounts of money away every month just to have a roof over your head. Well, you can’t finance a home unless you have stable employment. So EVERYONE wants “full time” permanent job, but there aren’t enough to go around. It’s a race to the bottom.

    • James

      If that was the case, software companies would not be giving employees free food and piles of cash.
      Maybe you are the unskilled dumb hill here?

      • alan9074

        You’re right James, what I know isn’t good enough, and I don’t deserve to earn a decent living. It has nothing to do with our trade and immigration policy. It’s all me. Thank you for your meaningful input.

        • James

          There are very few H1-B visas given out and are usually only given to very skilled highly educated workers working for very little. Markets change.

          • Gay Veteran

            sounds like a pro-corporate troll

          • James

            You are a pro-nonsense troll

          • jaxon64

            You have no idea what you are talking about–I could tell you dozens of stories of US companies treating Phillipino, Nepalese, Indian, Indonesian, Nigerian etc workers as almost slave labor–forcing them to log off the clock but keep working ( because they didn’t reach their impossible productivity demands)..or refusing to pay them overtime for hours over weekly 40 ( again “no overtime pay if you can’t maintain 95% productivity/billable hours”)…if any of them balk, they tell them they will yank their green card sponsorship.
            Whole industries for US workers are seeing wages plummet from foreign labor coming in–some of it skilled-true–but the level of training/education I see for many of these people to obtain their licenses compared to their American competition is a joke..
            Most are dumb as bricks, and the language barriers actually create many life or death issues…

          • James

            According Duke University reserach,

            http://www.kauffman.org/what-we-do/articles/2008/11/foreignborn-entrepreneurs-an-underestimated-american-resource

            Your assertion that H1-B’s take jobs is false.
            But hey, it’s not like consulting firms like PwC pay Duke for research and if it is false PwC will stop granting them money vs some pissed off worker

    • James

      Yep that would explain why google is hiring a crap load of people and giving them crap tons of cash

  • David

    it will be getting worse. Our Traitors in Congress have passed the Omnibus Bill which quadruples the amount of Skilled H1-B Visa workers in this country. Jobs most Middle Class workers held. Employers are given a $3,000.00 Tax Break for each of them they hire so we know where the Employer’s priority stands and it’s not with American Citizens. H1-B Visa workers are more than likely not to unionize as they know the only rights they have in America is a right to work and nothing else so they are walking on eggshells as soon as they get here. The more our Members of Congress continue to screw the average American Worker the more likely it looks like Donald Trump will become POTUS. We need a new President & Congress that Works for Mainstream America & NOT for Corporations as we do now. we can Start with Donald Trump & Sweep the Corporate whores out of Public Service hopefully once & for all.

  • With a decent social security system (a Basic Income pops to mind) we can enjoy the benefits of temp employees without suffering the drawbacks.

    You know, like in Europe.

    • James

      Interesting. However most of europe does not have basic income except for finland to counter their extremely CBR

  • jaxon64

    was a fake ad..and most of google’s tech support is outsourced to foreign workers at cheap costs and they aren’t forced to pay the overhead mandated by the US govt

    • James

      Yes, that is why google put it on it’s website

  • jaxon64

    100 job openings does not make spit in a bucket of the 100 million unemployed Americans of working age in this country…11 pages with 10 jobs per page ( and half will be filled by non-americans)..you really are a useless troll with nothing to offer..

    • James

      One very specific part of google.
      Again, because google is not the entire IT world which is filled with thousands of companies, etc.

  • jaxon64

    again–it is only 110 jobs fool

    • James

      Multiply this by thousands of companies

    • James

      Only 1 company in 1 specific department

  • Tatiana Covington

    Cheap, disposable, easily replaced protoplasmic robots…

  • Lao Tzu

    ” Federal laws give a lot of protection to full-time workers”
    It has nothing to do with protection. It is about making the workers uncompetitive, lazy, entitled, over pampered and punishing the business operator for hiring them. But you nailed the problem here. If the government makes it expensive for me to hire them full time, then I will hire temp or outsource it or get it done in Brazil or Vietnam. Period.

  • LogicalPerception

    My only comment to anyone who thinks they know by researching this and researching that! Is honestly, if you think you know without actually doing than your ignorance shows. Here’s my advice! Start your own business that would actually require you hiring a full time employee/s. Then after at least 2 years if you make it to that. Come back and give a detailed analysis of how it went. I guarantee you will be singing a different tune. I actually run my own company and I find it extremely funny what people actually think they know versus what they truly know! You can cite every article, statistic, data, etc. you want and you still have actually no idea. You can formulate an opinion based on everything. But until you live, eat, breath and sleep it, you have no idea. I understand that this article is pointing at major corporations! I get that. But small business drives the micro which pushes the macro. I won’t list all the things that affect me and my business or hiring process or policy. What I do challenge you to do is! DO IT YOURSELF! Your eyes will open up and you will see the world for what it actually is. And not some Duke university research article.

  • Jim Davis

    Wanting to be a full-time, “permanent” employee is asking to be a life-long wage slave. No thanks.

    I actually have preferred to be a temp worker especially as a subcontractor thru my own S corp. That way I can get lots of nice tax deductions and can minimize my own salary to minimize the god awful FICA payments. Also, as a non-employee, you don’t have to listen to HR “ladies” (I was going to use the C-word here) and you don’t have to go to corporate sensitivity and diversity training.

  • Catarok is night

    The thing is, no matter how hard you work, your wages won´t rise.

  • johndubose

    Money is money. If you work temp, just know what you are worth and collect it up front. You are a vendor and a self standing corporation. It is not all bad.

  • G

    Ive been following this “impending crash” for 4 years now. Year in, year out, its the same old thing. Scary data, inconvenient truths etc. OUr way of life is about to change….but it never does. Nothing happened in 2012. Lindsey Williams was wrong about 2015, so was Biltz and Cohan.

  • James

    Yes very true.
    Thanks