Type of temporary employment

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The majority of temporary employees are in term or contract jobs

  • Term or contract employment, including employment of workers through a temporary help agency, constituted the lion's share of temporary employment in 2007 and represented 6.6% of all employees (935,000). They were followed by casual workers (475,000) and seasonal employees (417,000), each accounting for approximately 3.0% of all employees.

  • While overall temporary employment grew 43.5% from 1997 to 2007, the greatest change was in term or contract employment (up 59.0% or 347,000), with growth noted among all age groups.

  • More men than women were represented in seasonal employment in 2007, while more women were in casual and term or contract employment. Agriculture and construction were industries with a large share of seasonal workers, with men making up the majority. Workers aged 25 to 54 were more likely to have term or contract employment, while youth were found in all types of temporary jobs.

Chart I.3
Rate of temporary employees, by type, 1997 and 2007

Chart I.3 Rate of temporary employees, by type, 1997 and 2007

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM table 282-0080.

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