The world of work has split in two.
There are those full-time jobs with benefits. They are increasingly at danger. With Goldman Sachs halving projected GDP growth to 2 percent, they have likely become even more insecure.
Then there are the just-in-time or temporary jobs. At the end of the 1980s, Charles Handy predicted in "Age of Unreason" that the lion's share of work for organizations would be configured that way. Handy's prediction had been followed in the early 21st century by Daniel Pink's "Free Agent Nation."
Currently, all that visionary talk has mutated into reality. Since the buzz began about the coming recession, the third downturn in the 21st century, my phone - yeah the old-fashioned medium - keeps ringing. Prospects are nice. They have tasks that need to do get done and that's that. Three cheers for the recession.
Will this trend continue if a boom happens? It could. The freelance economy has been running very efficiently. In addition to the traditional word of mouth referrals, there are the help-wanted on Craigslist, Mediabistro.com, and JournalismJobs.com. The initial screening is done by email, followed by phone. If the vetting is global, then there's Skype. Services like GoToMeeting provide the ability to mutually review documents. For collaboration in real time there's Google Docs.
Given a choice, most in communications would likely go for the full-time jobs with benefits. However, by time this next recession is over that might be re-thought.
One more thing: Outside of journalism, writers are in demand again. We're the content providers for both long and short form in digital communications.