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Quoting David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>:
> Meanwhile, we are daily seeing the erosion--sometimes, the
> elimination--of pension benefits throughout industry. Therefore, there
> is increasingly less difference between "permanent" employees and
When permanent employees ask me how I can endure the tension of contracting, I
tell them, "The only difference between your employment conditions and mine is
that I know when my employment is going to end."
Usually, they take a moment to get the implication - and then they grin ruefully.
The fact is, contractors often have more specific protection than full-time
employees, whether they're off-shore or not. The contract often specfies terms
and conditions that aren't in the standard employee's contract, especially in a
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