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Contrary to the Hype: The Real Trends in Nontraditional Work


October 2018 | Research Report

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. However, this study finds that the hype about the growth of this segment of the workforce is out of line with hard data. The share of nontraditional workers may be no different than it was twenty years ago. However, the emergence of online labor platforms—though they currently represent a tiny share of total hours worked in the US economy—may present new opportunities for businesses to meet labor demands



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Gad Levanon, PhD

Vice President, Labor Markets
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Elizabeth Crofoot

Senior Economist, Labor Markets
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Brian Schaitkin

Former Senior Economist
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Elizabeth Crofoot

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