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  •  It's not even cost effective (11+ / 0-)

    in the short term.  What it does is move the current expense from HR/Payroll and put the shiny new higher cost somewhere else.  I've been a temp.  Yep, comparitively speaking I made piss-poor wages and had zip benefits (except my legally mandated Social Security retirement matching) - BUT I've also been in a position where I cut the requisition to pay for my services and saw what the agency charged for me.  Make that double.  The company rented my services for over twice what I was actually paid.  It just came out of the budget line for rentals, not HR.

    •  Indeed, I've seen similar bean column shifting (6+ / 0-)

      There is No Free Lunch.

      The People will ultimately get what, we are willing to pay for.

      thx bfitzinAR, for sharing your experiences on topic.

      I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
      -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by jamess on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 01:17:02 PM PST

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    •  It's driven by Extreme Right-wing ideology. (3+ / 0-)
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      Matt Z, jamess, bfitzinAR

      Everything must be for profit!

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 02:28:16 PM PST

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      •  Except this isn't profit - (2+ / 0-)
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        it's "destroy labor" - the bottom line does not benefit from $X removed from Payroll and $Y dollars added to "contracts" when Y is greater than X and that's the situation here.  The last time I was in this situation was about 20 years ago, but the process hasn't changed.  At that time a full-time person in the position I held would have been paid $10/hour with 30% benefits costing Payroll $13/hour.  Instead I was contracted in through a temp agency and yes I was only paid $8/hour with 5.6% benefits (Social Security matching) BUT my agency charged the company in question $16/hour for my labor.  Bottom line took a $3/hour hit for every hour I worked instead of a regular full-time employee.

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