You and I may not be among 2.8 million Americans employed by temporary services agencies. That number comes from the research "Temped Out," conducted by the National Employment Law Project. Here you can read that report.
But, if we are working in 2014, either for an organization or as a self-employed, we are temps. You bet, we are all on short time. Even tenured professors and equity law partners are getting axed. The old protections no longer are bullet-proof.
So, what does this mean? Instead of chasing job security, we have to get smart about remaining marketable. In operating my executive communications boutique I have to only accept assignments which will add to my knowledge base, skills and contacts. Yes, every decision in the continuum of working has to be 100% strategic.
On a job, employees have to become cagey about veering away from being in nowhere departments, product/service areas and teams. Job-number one is now how to avoid getting into those dead zones and, if stuck there, how to exit.
Time is no longer on our side. Globalization + technology have made the marketplace mutatate so rapidly. If we can't align ourselves directly to what is in demand, we are finished.