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“He has a pension; we don’t have pensions anymore,” Vensel says.
“It’s a totally different world.” Sixty-five percent of part-time workers and a little more than half of contract workers work without benefits, according to the NPR/Marist poll.
“So, like my father, he’s in the hospital right now which is like five minutes away, and I’m getting updates on my phone,” he explains, glancing at the device.
“And if I need to be there, I can be there in five minutes.” He says contract work is today’s economic reality.
Within a decade, many labor economists believe freelancers will outnumber full timers.
Vensel draws a contrast with his father, who retired after working 35 years at the Postal Service.
Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce.
In an old metal-stamping factory that was once part of Wheeling, W.
Va.’s industrial past, a law firm has set up a futuristic model for how to get legal work done.
Contracting allows employers to test workers out, he says, but he ultimately is hoping to land a full-time position, with benefits.
A new NPR/Marist poll shows that 34 percent of part-time workers are looking for full-time work. Currently, 1 in 5 workers is a contract worker, the poll shows.Unlike the old factory, it relies heavily on new kinds of work arrangements.