… but who has a permanent job any more? “
It’s been a long time since employers were offering lifetime jobs… or work seekers were looking for them! Nevertheless, recruiters continue to talk about their “permanent placement roles” and their” permanent placement desks”, when what they’re really talking about is a type of placement that is something other than on-hire. It could be for a temporary, part tine or even casual job – but it’s very rarely “permanent”.
Perhaps “direct engagement”, as opposed to on-hire engagement, gets closer to the mark … but that’s a whole other story!