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What is a Contingent Worker?

A contingent worker is a type of worker whose employment status is not permanent and is dependent on specific circumstances or conditions. They are also referred to as non-permanent, temporary, or casual workers.

Examples of contingent workers include:

  • Temporary workers: These are workers who are hired for a specific period of time, usually to fill a short-term need, such as a leave of absence or a temporary increase in workload.
  • Freelancers or independent contractors: These are self-employed individuals who are hired by a company on a project-by-project basis.
  • On-call workers: These are workers who are on-call to work as needed, rather than working a set schedule.
  • Part-time workers: These are workers who work less than full-time hours, usually on a regular schedule.

Contingent workers are typically not entitled to the same benefits and protections as permanent employees, such as health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. They may also have less job security and may not be eligible for certain types of compensation, such as overtime pay or severance pay.The use of contingent workers has grown in recent years as companies look for ways to manage costs, increase flexibility, and respond to changes in business demand. However, some critics argue that the use of contingent workers can lead to a lack of job security and stability for workers, and can result in a lack of accountability for employers.