As the average time that workers stay with one employer steadily decreases, a new kind of worker has risen to prominence – the “supertemp.” These employees are highly educated, highly-skilled employees that accept work assignments on a temporary basis, often working as an independent contractor and never staying with a company for very long —the national average of time an employee will typically work with a company is 4.6 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Independent Contractors Trusted with Mission-Critical ProjectsWhat makes supertemps unique is that they are top managers and professionals—from lawyers to CFOs to consultants—that occupy a space somewhere between permanent employees and outside consultants. They can offer the same high-level consulting and professionalism of an outside firm, but often for a fraction of the cost due to lower overhead and operational cost. Most are coming from larger corporations and law and consulting firms who enjoy the autonomy and flexibility afforded to temporary workers. For many, the project-based work offers compensation comparable to what they earned in a full-time job—sometimes even better. And this has led to high levels of personal satisfaction: a comprehensive survey of U.S. independent professionals conducted by MBO Partners found that nearly 80 percent of independent workers are satisfied with their situation, including 58 percent who are highly satisfied.
“The project-based work offers compensation comparable to what they earned in a full-time job.”