By Hannah Bergstrom
Aug. 31, 2018 | Diplomat Courier
The sharing economy, which brought about the spectacular rise of services such as Uber, TaskRabbit, and Grubhub has brought about the rise of nontraditional, part-time, and temporary jobs. Additionally, the economic changes brought on by the Great Recession of the late 2000s have increased the need for nontraditional jobs—also known as gigs. Gigs are everything from freelance work, online-based work, on-call jobs, temporary jobs, and more.
The gig economy is now a bona-fide part of the global work landscape and it’s critical that we understand how to accommodate the workers, how this type of work affects the global economy at large, and the benefits and setbacks gig jobs bring.
A Gallup report titled “The Gig Economy and Alternative Work Arrangements” sets to do just that: understand the changing landscape of our workforce. Gallup estimated that as much as 36% of our workforce is engaged in gig work in some capacity.
This number is much higher than what other studies, including those conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, have previously predicted. The reason for this disparity? Read the full article.