Contract work bucks dismal jobs trend

In the Canadian job market, contract work has outpaced all other forms of temporary employment over the past decade, surging against rising unemployment during the 2008 financial crisis and resulting recession.

In 2009, 52 per cent of all temporary jobs were contract positions, accounting for almost one million workers, Statistics Canada‘s Diane Galarneau said in a report yesterday.


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“Since 1997, contract employment has been the main source of growth in temporary work,” she said.

Professionals make up a large percentage of contract employees, and tend to be concentrated in the health, education and public administration fields. Contract workers also tend to be more educated and slightly younger than permanent workers.

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