Temping Can Be the Rational Choice

The issue of contract work is complex, and we appreciate your willingness to dive head-first into a subject filled with gray areas (''Programmers of the world...,'' The Workplace, Dec. 7). Like any career, contracting has both positive and negative aspects. Many find that a higher hourly salary, overtime pay, and flexibility compensate for benefits that--while comparable to those enjoyed by the full-time employees of most firms--do not rival Microsoft benefits. In today's labor market, experienced technical professionals have choices, and many embrace contract work as the positive choice it can be. After all, contractors have mastered a truth about work that many of us prefer to avoid--in the long run, we are all temporary.

Donna Sakson
President, S&T OnSite

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