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US - Randstad: ACA removes barrier to temp work

August 28 2013

The Affordable Care Act and its promise to offer access to more affordable health insurance may effectively remove a traditional barrier to choosing a temporary career path, drawing unprecedented numbers to the industry, according to research from Randstad Workforce360.

Thirty-three percent of all workers, including those permanently employed, said they would be more likely to consider a career as a temporary or contractor if affordable health insurance options are available to them as a result of healthcare reform. And 43 percent said the recent recession has made them more interested in pursuing a work arrangement outside of traditional full-time employment.

Randstad’s research suggests that a greater number of Americans could opt for temporary employment as more options for healthcare coverage materialize. It concluded that with ACA in place, more than 47.5 million people could choose to pursue careers as temporary or contract workers, meaning 33 percent of the new U.S. workforce would be comprised of free agents.

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