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October 1996

Earnings and benefits of contingent and noncontingent workers

Steven F. Hipple, Jay C. Stewart

Contingent workers generally earn less income and are less likely to receive health insurance and pension benefits through their employers than are noncontingent workers; however, many have access to health insurance from other sources. Until the Contingent Worker/Alternative Work Arrangement Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS) was conducted in February 1995, only limited data were available to examine the compensation of contingent workers. This article takes a first look at the compensation data from that survey.

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