What Types of Work are Contingent or Alternative Employment Arrangements?
November 8, 2019
Typically, workers go to the same job
each workday and expect the job will continue for the foreseeable future.
However, this isn’t true for all workers. This video will explore how BLS defines
contingent work and alternative employment arrangements. Some workers are
in temporary jobs that they don’t expect to last. People in these jobs are called
contingent workers. Kaya was hired by a local company to make decorations to
celebrate her town’s centennial. The celebration will occur in two months, and
so Kaya will no longer be needed. Kaya is a contingent worker because she does not
expect her job to last once the anniversary celebration is over.
Some people work in alternative employment arrangements: independent
contractors, on-call workers, temporary help agency workers, or contract company
workers. Tim has been self-employed for years as a general contractor in the
construction industry. Tim is an independent contractor, so BLS would
count him as a worker in an alternative employment arrangement. A person in an
alternative employment arrangement may or may not be a contingent worker. Elsa
is a substitute teacher. She’ll be teaching chemistry for three months to
replace a teacher on maternity leave. As a substitute teacher, Elsa is an on-call
worker, a type of alternative employment arrangement. Elsa also is a contingent
worker because her job will end in three months.
For more information on contingent and alternative employment arrangements, see www.bls.gov/cps.