ERIC Number: ED336534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Contingent Workforce in Urban America: Implications for Human Resource Development. A Final Report on a Research Study.
Cantor, Jeffrey A.
The study described in this report was undertaken to provide a comprehensive understanding of the magnitude and scope of the present contingent work force and the potential of the contingent work force as a mechanism for assisting minority and female workers to enter into the mainstream work force. The study first examined the literature and body of knowledge describing the use and potential of the contingent worker and work force. It then determined the current manner in which business and industry used and viewed the contingent worker. The practices, beliefs, and attitudes of employers regarding the employment of contingent workers were examined through surveys of both a sample of entrepreneurs (n=825) and a sample of contingent workers (n=135) in New York City. A total of 47 percent of businesses surveyed reported some use of contingent workers. However, the number of employers using contingent workers had remained relatively constant over the 3 years under scrutiny (1987-90). Additionally, 52 percent of the firms projected no change in future use of contingent workers. Reasons for use of contingent workers included difficulties in attracting regular full-time skilled labor and professionals, cost savings, and flexibility of hiring workers as labor needs arise and specialized skills requirements dictate. Many minority groups were represented in the contingent work force. (Fifty-eight references are listed. Study questionnaires are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Professional Staff Congress of the City Univ. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New York (New York)