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Contrary to the Hype: The Real Trends in Nontraditional Work

Radical Growth in the Nontraditional Workforce: Fact or Fiction?

Business executives may be under the impression that the share of nontraditional workers in the US labor force (independent contractors, temporary help workers, or those hired by outsourcing firms) is growing fast—and fear they are not keeping up with the trend of hiring more of these workers. These concerns did not appear out of the blue: studies in recent years promoted the impression of a growing nontraditional workforce, as did the emergence of online labor platforms such as Upwork, TaskRabbit, and Amazon Mechanical Turk.

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Gad Levanon, PhD

Vice President, Labor Markets
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