In 2017, Professor Hallett, winner of a public research fellowship from Open Buffalo and PPG, conducted a survey of 213 workers in Buffalo to learn more about the challenges they are facing.
J.A. Dewald Jan 1, 2015
There are many kinds of temp work, but this report focuses on the
most common type, in which a worker is employed by a temporary
service agency and placed at one or more work sites. The temp
agency typically charges its client business roughly twice the
worker’s hourly wages. Temp agencies create a triangular
relationship in which the worker works at the host business but for
the temp agency. In other words, it is the temp agency that
typically recruits, screens, hires, …
A large percentage of the jobs in western New York do not pay enough to keep a family safely out of poverty. Roughly 125,000 workers are in occupations for which the median wage is less than $20,000 per year – including salespeople, cashiers, security guards, and child care workers. Another 40,000 workers are in jobs where the median wage falls between $20,000 and $23,000 – including janitors, home health aides, pre-school teachers, and teachers assistants.