Alternative Work Arrangements


  • Janet H. Marler

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia

Year: 2004


  • Alternative Work Arrangements
  • Part-Time Work
  • Public Policy


  • Business and Management


Alternative work arrangements (AWA) represent employment arrangements that are arranged through an employment intermediary such as a temporary help firm or where the place, time, and quantity of work are potentially unpredictable (Polivka, 1996). This is the definition the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses to identify and measure the prevalence of such arrangements in the US work force. In total about 9% of the U.S. workforce is employed in these arrangements, which include independent contractors, temporary agency workers, on-call workers, and workers provided by contract companies.

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