Capital Public Radio, August 28, 2012
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If you're a temporary employee, chances are you're not making as much as your co-workers who aren't temps, according to new data.
The study comes from UC Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Education and was written by researcher Miranda Dietz. She says it's expected that temporary jobs offer less job security…
"..but I was surprised to find that hourly wages were so much lower for temporary workers. Temps make about 18% less per hour than comparable non-temps."
That includes people working in both blue and white collar jobs...like landscaping, housekeeping, nursing, accounting and computer programming.
"One of the consequences is these workers are more likely to rely on the state's safety net - workers receiving food stamps or being on Medicaid, it's about twice as high."
Dietz says the disparity should worry everyone because the reliance of temp workers on state aid worsens already serious state budget problems.