Turning 'quasi employees' into business managers
Changes in the employment relationship in industrialized countries have resulted in many workers falling into a position of ‘quasi self-employment’. In this situation, these workers must manage the business of selling their skills and time. This study, conducted in Queensland in 2004, reports some findings from a survey of workers in the building industry where many are engaged in short-term contract work that leaves their employment status ambiguous. With recent government intervention, they are being required to adopt more professional management. This paper explores their business attitudes and practices, particularly in relation to accounting and financial management systems, and the differences between those who regard themselves as employed and self-employed.