NPR Special Series: The Rise Of The Contract Workers: Income insecurity and lack of benefits are a concern
An NPR/Marist poll sheds light on a fast-growing workforce sector: contract workers. One out of every five jobs is held by a contract worker. While many enjoy the flexibility, the jobs are unsteady.
NPR's recent poll shows 20% of US workers are contract laborers. They work project to project and without employer-provided health insurance, retirement plan, pension, or other benefits and worker protections. Experts predict half the workforce will fall into this category within the next decade. We need to start having a conversation about what the rise of the contingent workforce will impact society.