I get President Obama and the rest of the Left for not liking free markets and the staffing industry, but the Wall Street Journal?

Yup the Journal too in an “Et Tu Brute?” moment sells us down the river in an euphemistically named “10 Things Your Recruiter Won’t Tell You” article posted today in its “Smart Money” section.

Here is #8: “The ‘temp-to-perm’ carrot is rotten”:

Many staffing agencies hold out the promise of permanent jobs after success in a temporary position, but that trend isn’t holding in this recovery. Since temporary employment trends hit bottom in September 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor says the service and professional sectors have added 392,000 temporary jobs. But the CareerXroads survey showed that positions explicitly advertised as temp-to-perm accounted for just 1.6% of all hiring in 2009 – and even in better times, that rate was only around 3%. “Temp-to-perm is basically a marketing ploy,” says Corcodilos, who says it’s really more of a fantasy: “It’s what recruiters would like to see happen.”

This is just plain false on so many levels I don’t know where to begin but I’ll just name one.  Even if their 1.6% figure were correct, that would be just a fraction of the permanent jobs found by temps while out temping.  When you are out doing things and doing them well, people notice you.   They recommend you.  You get that perm job by being there.

As Yogi says, 90% of winning is showing up.

Tags: Staffing industry, Industry, Wall Street Journal, Barack Obama