What is the meaning of the term “just-in-time jobs”? Of my dictionaries, both Macmillan and Oxford have a definition of just-in-time. Macmillan says that it means:

bought, sent, or produced at the last possible time

Meanwhile, Oxford says that just-in-time is:

denoting a manufacturing system in which materials or components are delivered immediately before they are required in order to minimize storage costs

But I still cannot ascertain the meaning of “just-in-time jobs” as a phrase.

  • I can capture the meaning of Just-in-time, but when it goes with "Job", I cannot guess what kind of this job is. – Nguyen Jul 5 '13 at 7:26
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    A unit of manufacturing, one product or one batch is called a "job". – Kris Jul 5 '13 at 7:34
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    Except that if you google the phrase (just-in-time jobs) it is not about manufacturing. It is about hiring as needed instead of hiring on a seasonal schedule. – MetaEd Jul 5 '13 at 12:27
  • @MετάEd Nearly all of them are from a single source, which seems to use the phrase in a non-standard sense. – Kris Jul 7 '13 at 10:15

"Just-in-time" is a term related to production and manufacturing, where inventory is kept to a minimum. There is no clear meaning with respect to employment, but there are two common uses: (1) From the employer's point of view, it means on-demand labor; (2) From the employee's point of view, it's a chance for immediate employment.

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I would understand "job" here to mean a "piece of work", a "task".

So a "just-in-time job" is a task that is required to be done just in time (with the meaning as given in the Question.)

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