Your lead article on temporary and contingent workers ("No Frills Jobs," Part I, June 15) makes some valid points about temporary workers but fails to address the many advantages that temporary work gives to these workers. Furthermore, the article does not give adequate recognition to the function performed by temporary services such as ours, particularly in specialized and technical job areas.
First of all, most of our temporary employees are between jobs. They may choose to work on a temporary basis for a number of personal reasons, one of which is that it gives them a chance to acquire additional skills or to hone their skills if they have been out of the job market for some time. Many employees seeking work through our temporary service are re-entering the work force after maternity or other personal leaves, experimenting in a new city after relocating, going through a personal career transition and simply want a "break" from the stress and strain of a permanent job, or are facing some other personal situation that prevents them from seeking permanent employment. For these workers, it is obviously better to be employed in temporary work than unemployed. The public benefits by having the employee work and, therefore, stay off the public welfare roles. In this sense, temporary workers are givers and not takers.