Help me break my bonds of temp-slavery.
March 4, 2006 2:37 PM Subscribe
Can I break a temp-agency contract to work full-time? If so, how?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (12 answers total)
I recently got a fantastic position as a contract-employee through a temp agency. I like my coworkers, like the job, and would like to work there full-time. I have inquired (on the down-low) with some of my coworkers as to my chances of seeing a full-time opportunity come from this, and it turns out that in order to sever my contract obligations with the temp agency, I have to be essentially "bought-out." Can someone please explain to me how is this not like indentured servitude... or employment slavery?
I realize I signed a contract with the employment agency, and would not even have the position if it were not for their services, but they are getting paid a significant amount of money every week from my employer. And the irony is that if the employer feels the "buyout" is too dear for their wallets, I'll wind up right back at the temp agency again looking for more work... It's like a deranged self-fulfilling system that actively inhibits your chances of ever being free from their clutches.
Also, I would like to pre-emptively recognize the obvious argument some might make: "If you're really that valuable to them, they'll pay. So concentrate on making yourself worth it." But that does not address the root of the problem. They're already getting paid for their services. Why shouldn't the company I work for be able to hire me without having to "buy me" from my masters?
My apologies for the length and anonymity of the question, but I want to ensure there are no possible reprisals.