It’s not too long ago that the use of the term “temp” brought to mind secretaries and people working phone banks. But as this WSJ Blog summarizes, new research shows that in fact that not only are temp positions broadening to include highly skilled positions, people with college degrees and management skills are being placed at a higher rate than low-skilled workers.

Why? According to the Journal, temp placement firms are a great way to bridge a career from full-time to more flexible positions. And this makes sense. As this Harvard Business Review article explains, more and more executives are giving up benefits and salaries for a life of more career control.