Gig Economy

The gig economy is here – and we aren’t ready

<i>Economist and author Linda Nazareth is the senior fellow for Economics and Population Change at the MacDonald Laurier Institute. Her fourth book,</i> Work is Not a Place: Reimagining our Lives and Our Organizations in the Post-Jobs Economy, <i>will be published in 2018. Follow her on Twitter at</i> …

Economics

What the freelancer income survey reveals about the gig economy

New York-based digital payments firm Payoneer helps businesses and professionals grow a global business. The financial services company work with a broad range of clients from freelancers all the way up through to tech behemoths such as Amazon, Google, and Airbnb.<p>Typical clients are businesses that …

Employment

Flexible working: Science in the gig economy

Will the future of research rely on independent workers who perform short-term jobs? Labour researchers and freelance scientists share their …

Research

Corbyn Doesn't Get the Gig Economy

Jeremy Corbyn said this weekend that automation and the gig economy has released “a more rapacious and exploitative form of capitalism”. He suggests …

Economics

Guaranteed superannuation? Not if you're a worker in the 'gig economy'

As a brave new generation of Australian workers enter the gig economy (such as Uber drivers, Deliveroo riders, etc), serious questions remain over …

Australian News

Gig economy worker? Consider these investing strategies

No full-time job. No group RRSP. No pension. No problem.<p>If you're among the growing number of so-called gig economy workers – doing piecemeal work for a variety of employers – investing on your own for retirement and other goals has never been easier.<p>From app-based discount brokerages, to low-fee …

Finance

‘Sometimes you don’t feel human’ – how the gig economy chews up and spits out millennials

Young people aren’t just enthusiastic users of Uber, Deliveroo and TaskRabbit – they are often working for them. But while promising flexibility, these jobs are precarious and low-paid. Is this the new model for the working poor?<p>Doug Robertson took an UberLux to his wedding. This is the …

UK News

Tech Companies Need To Stop Working The Crowd And Let The Crowd Work

Most people in the United States know that gig economy companies such as Uber, TaskRabbit and Postmates are big business. In fact, they are currently estimated to make up 34% of the U.S. workforce, and most of us who reside in urban areas likely know or have met someone working in one of these …

Innovation

Uber, Lyft, take heart from fellow disrupters and gig responsibly

As the gleaming new giants of the gig economy clash with governments and regulators, a battle-scarred old industry is watching quietly with a sense …

The Gig Economy: Distraction from a Real Problem or Disruption to the System?

Uber. Airbnb. TaskRabbit. Fiverr. These companies and many others like them have been recent harbingers of change in the business world. Known as the …

Talent Management

Wag, the ‘Uber for Dog-Walking,’ Is Drawing Uber-Like Scrutiny

For venture capitalists looking for the next gig economy success story, the dog-walking app Wag seems like a good bet. After all, Americans spend a …

Pets

The 'gig economy' is forcing workers into poverty: Salvation Army report

Samantha Nicoll's introduction to the workforce was a series of casual warehouse jobs with no security and no way of knowing how much would be in her …

Australian News

Commentary: The future of work – new underclass, dystopian reality?

Two forces combining to reshape the future of employment can have implications for our social compact and national security, says S Rajaratnam School …

Intelligence

Helping Moms Earn Extra Money with the Gig Economy

Children are known to bring joy, fulfillment and unconditional love. But for most families today, they also come with a pretty hefty financial …

Lifestyle

In Defence Of The Gig Economy

The gig economy is a force for good. Yet it feels like the main players have lost their way. It's an entry point into the market place for many …

Jeremy Corbyn suggests 'gig economy' should be replaced by cooperatives

The Labour leader says the current UK economic model is "broken" and his party will not "sit back" as homelessness and inequality spiral.

Jeremy Corbyn

Raising Pay and Providing Benefits for Workers in a Disruptive Economy

Introduction and summary<p>The gig economy refers to application-based technology platforms, or apps, that deploy armies of workers to perform services …

Liberal View

Over half a million pensioners pushed into the gig economy as retirement savings dwindle

Over half a million pensioners are working in the gig economy in order to fund their retirement, according to research released today.<p>The number of …

Retirement

5 blind spots

The most important stuff about America we still don’t know.<p>Washington spends billions of dollars every year collecting information on the country, from high-profile surveys like the monthly jobs report to the little-known census of mink operations. But for all the resources expended to collect, …

Politics

Hermes ‘sacked driver who rushed to see premature baby saying “parcels come first”‘

<b>Delivery giant Hermes allegedly told a courier ‘parcels come first’ when he was sacked for rushing to hospital to see his premature baby.</b><p>The company …

Premature

The Serious Traveler’s Guide to the Gig Economy

Courtesy of Pixabay<p>Fancy a quick tango lesson before your Buenos Aires adventure? The gig economy can help.<p>How to leverage sites like Thumbtack, …

Travel

Deliveroo boss: It would cost £1 more per delivery if drivers were not self-employed

Top bosses of gig economy firms Uber and Deliveroo today claimed it would cost them millions of pounds if their drivers weren't self-employed.

Uber

Jobs tsar Matthew Taylor warns MPs minimum wage rules would end gig economy work for Uber, Deliveroo and other on-demand platforms

The government's jobs and employment tsar has warned MPs that handing Uber drivers and Deliveroo riders minimum wage guarantees would bring the gig …

Uber

These 3 Strategies Can Help You Compete Against Bigger Companies

Being selective in your offering and choosing the appropriate partners allows you to have maximum impact with minimal resources.<p>Being a founder is exhilarating. It can also be exhausting. You're eager to articulate and execute your vision, your way, but you're competing against established business …

Uber will cap driver hours to 10 or 12 hours within 24-hour period in the UK

Uber will cap the hours drivers can work amid concerns over the working conditions of those in the gig economy.<p>The ride-hailing firm has told MPs …

Uber

The Surprising Rise of the Gig Economy

MIT Sloan Faculty Insights<p>How the On-Demand/Gig Economy is Redefining the Future of Work <br>Watch Video<p>Christopher Knittel:<br>Uber and Racial …

MIT

Uber and Deliveroo get a gig economy rights grilling

Uber and Deliveroo execs faced questions from a UK parliamentary committee today as the government continues to deliberate on changes to employment law to account for the rise of gig economy work facilitated by tech platforms.<p>Ride-hailing giant Uber was also grilled over what one committee member …

Uber

Gig economy companies claim flexibility essential for growth

Approximately 50pc of Deliveroo’s 15,000 self-employed riders, who deliver takeaway meals on bicycles, are students who prefer flexible working, a select committee has heard.<p>Of the fleet of riders, 66pc work fewer than 15 hours a week, supporting the idea that this is an activity which complements …

Economy

Part-time work and 'gig' economy are breaking down the welfare system, IMF warns

Social security systems that have underpinned Western economies since World War II will not be able to cope with the rise in the "gig economy", …

Economics

Uber Would 'Exert More Control' Over Drivers If U.K. Law Changes

Uber Technologies Inc. said its U.K. drivers would face broad changes if required to be classified as employees with benefits, a sign the company is …

Uber