Majority of Workers View Full-Time Employment as Ideal

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ (May 13, 2013) – Seventy-four percent of workers report a preference for full-time employment over part-time, contract or self-employment, according to a survey by career transition and talent development consulting firm Lee Hecht Harrison.
Lee Hecht Harrison surveyed 800 workers throughout the U.S. via an online poll asking, “What is your ideal work arrangement?” The results were as follows:
Full-time employee
Part-time employee
Contract employee

With economic growth still weak, employers remain cautious in hiring permanent, full-time employees.  Instead, they’re bringing on temporary or contract employees as a flexible approach to filling labor needs.  Greg Simpson, Senior Vice President, Career Transition Practice Leader for Lee Hecht Harrison stated, “While the majority of workers prefer full-time employment, we recommend that job seekers assess all available career options.  A part-time or contract position can bridge a gap on an individual’s resume, it keeps the job seeker connected to the job market and can be the catalyst to a full-time position. Career paths seldom follow a straight line so it's important to be open to all opportunities.”
Those connections are crucial.  A contract position or part-time job gives the worker access to a new group of people and an opportunity to expand his or her business network.   Simpson offered, “Most positions are filled through personal referrals, internal job postings and networking – so it’s always going to be helpful if you can make yourself known to a larger community.  A chance to demonstrate your skills and build relationships is the most effective way to credential yourself and open doors.”
About Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH)
Lee Hecht Harrison ( is the global talent mobility leader. We connect people to jobs through innovative career transition services and help individuals improve performance through career and leadership development.  LHH assists organizations in supporting restructuring efforts, developing leaders at all levels, engaging and retaining critical talent, and maintaining productivity through change – helping organizations increase profitability by maximizing their return on investment in developing people, while assisting individuals to achieve their full potential.
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