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What does "per diem" mean in regards to salary for employment in a job advertisement? 

In regards to salary for employment, "per diem" means that the employer will pay the employee "by the day" and that the employee will work only as needed. It can also refer to money the employer pays the employee per day in addition to the regular pay, such as for lodging for a business trip.

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"Per diem" means that a company hires you part-time and that they only use your skills or services "as needed." You will not receive benefits, but you will have more flexibility. Many nurses, construction workers, pilots, and substitute teachers work by the day. The pros of working per diem are that you have control over how much you work, you can find a schedule that works best for you, and you may have better quality of life. The cons are that you may not have job security; the company could terminate your employment at any time. In addition, you may really want to work more, but there may be no hours (funding) available for you, especially near the end of the fiscal year. The best thing would be to find someone who also works per diem for the company and ask them some questions. Do your research, and you may feel more comfortable taking this type of job!

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The phrase "per diem" means "per day" or "by the day."

In terms of jobs, if the position itself is "per diem" it probably means that it is not steady work.  Instead, they will, at best, be hiring you on days when they need you (sort of like substitute teaching would be).

Per diem can also refer to payments that you get in addition to your regular pay.  For example, if you go off to an assignment somewhere out of town, your employer might give you a per diem for food and lodging.

But it sounds like the first definition is more applicable in your case.

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ulmerl | Student

The term "per diem" is Latin for "each day." Typically, per diem refers to a set daily rate that an employer provides to cover expenses. If the position involves travel, per diem pay is often used to cover expenses like the cost of food when one is away from home and/or the cost of a night's stay in a hotel.

I used to be a flight attendant, and in addition to an hourly wage, I was also assigned a daily per diem rate for any overnight trips. This was an added bonus the company offered to cover the cost of eating meals away from home. 

Another use of per diem pay is to cover the cost of entertaining clients, which might included business lunches or tickets to events.

drnichols | Student

It's Latin which translates into "per day". Many organizations in an attempt to hold the line on business costs will offer their employees traveling on business a per diem. They can only spend so much money each day they are away. An example would be: Fay has to leave Dallas to go on business for her company. While in DC. she's told that she has a per diem of $125 which could break down into $25 for breakfast, $40 for lunch and $60 for dinner. That's all she's allowed to spend of the company's money per day, if she spends any at all.

pumamom | Student

I work at a hospital, and per diem means that a person is available so many times a month to work a shift.  Per Diem employees do not get any benefits so their hourly salary is a little higher than a person that works full-time and has benefits.

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"Per" in Latin means "through." "Diem" is the accusative, male, singular form of "dies," which means "day." So, put together, that would mean "Through day." If you're talking about work and wages, it would probably mean you get paid day by day.

krishna-agrawala | Student

"Per diem" is a phrase taken from Latin meaning per day. It refers to the method of calculating wages to employees or other payments such as fees for consultants.

Payment of wages are calculated on different basis such as per hour, per day, per week and per month. In addition, to these different methods of payment based on time put in on work, The payment can also be on piece rate basis. This means payment based on quantity of work done.

Generally wages are paid per diem basis for temporary, short term asignments rather tah for regular long term jobs.