Freelancer: the rise of contract workers.
A new NPR/Marist poll shows that one in five American jobs is held by a contract worker. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could account for half of America’s workforce. All industry and professional staff will be moved by the movement of independent work – a job with no full-time job or benefits. Policymakers are just beginning to talk about these effects.
In a weeklong series, NPR will explore many aspects of the change.
In an old metal stamping plant that used to be part of the welling industry, a law firm has built a future model for how to do legal work. Unlike old factories, it relies heavily on new work arrangements.
“Contractors are hired on time,” says Daryl shetty, head of analytics at Orrick. “So we might have 30 people working today, and we might have 80 tomorrow.”
The tenure of construction workers has been measured in the past few decades. It may now last a few days. “This is a factory,” said shetty. “we are committed to improving efficiency and discipline, and making every click of the mouse.”
Source: NPR/Marist survey of 1,267 adults on 4 solstice, December 7, 2017. “Workers” include 794 adults, either full-time or part-time or self-employed. The margin of error is +/ -3.5 percentage points.
The department is a processing center that USES artificial intelligence tools and inexpensive lawyers to speed up daily work, such as sorting and tagging files. This allows other lawyers to concentrate on higher-end work.
This is a sign that contract work extends to every corner of the economy. The machine is absorbing basic tasks, and temporary workers can adjust the size flexibly. In the legal field, there are online platforms where freelance lawyers and clients match. It’s like dating profiles – but with customer reviews and billing assistance.
In other words, the legal job market is differentiating and the workforce is dividing.
Gillian Hadfield said: “a lot of people are legally expected to be able to get a secure, well-paid, reasonably satisfied, high-reputation job, and many people find that this is not their goal. Who studies the legal market at the university of southern California.
She says the recent pace of corporate development has forced everyone – from companies to suppliers to competitors – to react quickly. Employers need specialized expertise, not long-term ones.
It is not just business that drives this trend. Surveys show that the vast majority of freelancers are agents of free choice.
John Vensel is a contract lawyer at Orrick’s law firm in Waing. He says contract work is today’s economic reality.
John Vensel, a contract attorney for Orrick, grew up several miles on the other side of the Pennsylvania line. In his 20s, he was a freelance lawyer by day and a musician at night.
“I actually want to be a rock star,” he said. But these days there are no forward traces of the front rocker, only a 47-year-old family man cooing his children Grace and Gabe’s phone photos.
In the intervening two decades, Vensel has worked full-time as an enterprise. But he was fired in 2010 on the eve of his evening law course. He graduated with a lot of debt and became one of the worst job markets.
“It’s too bad,” he said. “it’s like a nuclear bomb. “My son has just been born and we have been recovering since then.”
For a while, Vensel had a three-hour full-time job in Pittsburgh. But recently, he resigned, and contracted to stay near his home.
“So, like my father, he’s in the hospital now, like five minutes later, I’m getting updates on my phone.” “He explained. “If I need to be there, I can get there in five minutes.”
He says contract workers are today’s economic realities. He says the contract allows employers to test workers, but he eventually hopes to get a full-time position. A new NPR/Marist survey shows that 34% of part-time workers are looking for full-time work.
That may be getting harder. According to the survey, one in five employees is now a contract worker. According to the economist Alan Krueger (Alan Krueger) and Lawrence Katz (Lawrence Katz), engaged in “alternative work schedules” (freelancers, contractors, call workers and temporary workers on behalf of) the number of people increased from 10.1% in 2005 to 15.8% in 2015. Their report found that almost all – or 94% – of net work created between 2005 and 2015 was this fickle job.
Within a decade, many Labour economists thought that freelancers would outnumber full-time workers.
Vensel and his father retired after thirty-five years with the postal service.
“He has a pension and we don’t have a pension,” wessel said. “It’s a completely different world.”
The NPR/Marist survey shows that 65% of part-time workers and more than half of contract workers have no advantage.
“It’s the work of the future,” said Arun Sundararajan, a professor of management at New York university and author of the sharing economy. The new normal will be freelance. “Twenty years later, I don’t think a typical college graduate would expect full-time employment to be a way for them to build their careers,” Sundararajan said.
He says it will eventually lead to many other changes, from education to social structures and public services.
Glenn Elliott, willing’s mayor, took a short walk from his office and began to think about the implications of the problem.
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Elliot himself worked as a contractor at a law firm and said the project was both a huge hope and a great danger to the city. On the other hand, if you can attract companies like Orrick, he will see more economic opportunities. On the other hand, he worries that it will also change the basic social contract between employers and workers.
Huiling mayor Glenn elliot said he was concerned about how the rise of independent contractors would change the basic social contract between employers and workers.
Those loose relationships will shift more responsibility to contract workers. They have to deal with their own pensions and health insurance.
“But, despite their best efforts, some people can’t do it successfully,” elliott said. “What happens to those in trouble? Because the retirement model of the 1950s and the way you get a pension from your company every year is not a realistic model for many people.
He says the public safety net (the budget for fire services and social services) is already strained, with the region’s opiate problems, among other things. A less productive future will not help.
Elliott says he is frustrated by the partisan wars at the state and federal level, while cities like to work hard to figure out how to plan for the future.
“This is a much broader problem than wiling,” he said. But “as a country, we need to have a conversation, and we don’t have a real conversation yet.”