Say Goodbye to Free Stuff

CNN has an article pointing out the obvious: Full-time jobs with benefits are on the outs.

Jobs may be coming back, but they aren’t the same ones workers were used to.

Many of the jobs employers are adding are temporary or contract positions, rather than traditional full-time jobs with benefits.

This is what I like to call a “so what?” moment. Employers are trying to find ways to cut costs. In a buyer’s market for jobs, what is the incentive for employers to pay for benefits? Benefits are provided at the expense of the employer, but so is the salary of the employee. Salary and benefits, combined, represent the compensation package for an employee. It’s totally reasonable that an employer could arrange with an employee (full-time or not) to increase take-home pay and decrease benefits. Both come from the same place. Of course, many people think of benefits as something full-time employees have a right to (and if indeed they do, a change to employment patters is even more to be expected).

HT: The Crybabies at C&L.

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