Temporary Workers

7 06 2011

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1. Do you think that temporary workers will benefit Canada’s economy? Why or why not?

2. Should the government regulate the number of temporary workers a company can have in relation to the number of permanent employees?

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13 responses

7 06 2011
noah12s

1) No, I do not believe temporary workers will benefit Canada’s economy. Firstly, temporary workers make 10-40 percent lower wages than full-time workers. If companies are to hire more temp workers people will have less money in their pockets and would therefore be spending less which does not help to stimulate the economy. The second reason I believe it will not help the economy is because it creates job instability, something the government is working very hard on. If the number of temporary workers rises dramatically all the governments plans to increase jobs such as lowering taxes and putting money into the economy will be for nothing.

7 06 2011
noah12s

Just to clarify the government is working hard to eliminate job instability, just in case that was not clear.

7 06 2011
lokhineconomics

I understand that the government is attempting to increase jobs in the market and the conditions for those jobs, but I havn’t seen any definite plan to eliminate job instability. The most I could find was this: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/reports-rapports/cp-rc/2009-2010/cp-rc03-eng.asp

and this: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/progressive-economics-forum/2011/05/majority-conservative-government-ushers-new-era-e

The first link basically talks about the income security and jobs and how the government is helping re-train workers or helping them re-position themselves for new job opportunities. Nothing on job stability. The second link speaks of a low tax plan that the conservative government is implementing to increase job creation and financial stability, but once again, nothing on JOB stability.

Lastly, according to the progressive economic forum, the government plans are not in actuality the main reason jobs are being created, but the global markets.

Which brings me back to the question (unless there is an article out there about how the government right now is working on an effective plan to fix job instability), should the government intervene and regulate (at least in part), the job market.

(please correct me if I am wrong though)

7 06 2011
aenamorado

Temporary workers, as long as they are workers from Canada, their employment will benefit the country. Some may say, oh dear, the jobs are not permanent and therefore unsustainable. But here is the argument, atleast these people are given jobs. Even though they are no permanent, these oppurtunities are exactly that, an oppurtunity. The jobs give employment to people and thus a salary. A salary is indeed better than no money at all and with money flowing out, that will result in more possible spenders of cash. That is the benefit of having temporary workers, although more permanent jobs would be ideal for permanent improvement.

7 06 2011
alexeig

I do not think temporary workers will benefit Canada’s economy. All they do is create a bit of unstableness in the economy and creates fake unemployment rate numbers, Although I don’t think the government should step in and regulate this because this is just how some people make their living and putting restrictions on that will just make it worse for them when looking for work.

7 06 2011
lindashidilei

1. I don’t think that hiring temporary workers will benefit Canada’s economy. They are temporary workers who don’t have regular jobs, means that government has to take care of them and offer them financial helps which can increase government spending as a result. Also, because they don’t work in one company for a long time, the don’t train properly, in other word, they can slow down the productivity of a firm and increase the cost of it which give less taxation to government.

7 06 2011
Nahee Kim

I do not think temporary workers will benifit Canada’s economy becuase temporary workers are poor compare to full time employees. This could have impact on consumer part of Canada’s GDP, since temporary workers have have less wages to buy thingsunlike full time workers. There will be no increase in wages for temporary workers unless the government increases it. Also, Canada’s economy will be unstable if there is an increase in temporary workers becuase full time workers are in most stable position since their wages can increase on how they do and get promotion. However,for tempororay workers, they are more likely to be layoff easily which economy may face increase in unemployment.

7 06 2011
chrisliguy

Even though the quality of jobs is on a decline, it does not change the fact that jobs are still jobs. Consumer spending will be very limited with the wages of a temporary job as it is a fraction of that of a permanent position, a low wage is still better than no wage at all, and will obviously be able to generate at least some consumer spending. Furthermore, the statistics regarding unemployment may be inaccurate if we factor in the quality of the jobs, but less unemployment, no matter what the jobs are, is always good. Temporary jobs may not give the employee a large wage, but at the end of the day, it is still a salary and that will benefit both the employee’s household and the economy.

8 06 2011
Peter S

Yes, government should control the amount of temporary workers any company has. Permanent employment is much better, since it reduces chances of losing job. It provides stable income and encourages people to spend more. I think there should be quota on the percentage of temporary workers. It will organize the employment market and it will increase purchasing power

8 06 2011
Mike Seo

I believe the temporary workers will not benefit in the Canadian economy in the long run. Yes, it may have effects for a short period of time, but in the long run, temporary workers will only slow the growth of Canadian economy. Since temporary workers do not get as much money as the permanent workers, the spending power will be less. This will shift the aggregate demand to the left. Therefore, it will be best to create permanent jobs.

8 06 2011
heshanim

1) I believe that temporary workers would benefit our economy for a certain extent, because after all they’re also ‘workers’. This is only for a certain period, because in the long run with the minimum wage rates they are getting and the uncertainty of their jobs would decrease consumer spending with would hurt our economic growth. These temporary jobs are better than nothing, because after all it decreases the unemployment at least for a short period. In addition, some jobs are better than nothing because these workers get some salary which they would use for their spendings, rather than receiving welfare benefits. Thus, these temporary jobs benefit our economy in the short run, but would definitely change in the long run and would not be as much beneficial.

8 06 2011
Maria Li

1) I do not think temporary workers benefit the economy. Firstly, temporary workers require training. Money has to be spent for this process and thus, contibuting to expenses. Even though money is being spent on them, they’re not staying long enough to really contribute to the company. Secondly, temporary workers earn lower wages. This is bad for the GDP growth because they have less disposable income to contibute to cosumer spending.

8 06 2011
Sid

I think temporary workers dont benefit Canada’s economy because they are taking aways jobs from workers who want to work full-time and people who are willing to work with a company/firm for a long time. Also when the government calculates the number of people who are unemployed, considering that some of them were temporary workers it doesnt give an actual figure of the employment or unemployment rate. So unless companies are sure about people staying with their company for a long time they should not hire them.

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