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The “gig economy” refers to a trend away from traditional employment models towards the use of freelance contractors to fulfil short-term projects or “gigs”. It is becoming increasingly prevalent with the advent of technologies that allow freelancers to bid for or otherwise engage clients on a piecemeal basis. Uber, Airbnb and Upwork are all examples of disruptive technologies that are putting clients in touch with service providers in real-time online marketplaces. These pages cover the “Uberisation” of the economy and the employment status of so-called “gig workers”.
12 Sep 2016
Frances O’Grady is to warn “greedy businesses that treat workers like animals” that they have no place to hide in...
12 Aug 2016
There’s a general consensus that the amount of people who freelance, work part-time or take unguaranteed shift work is on...
28 Jul 2016
Do you engage employees, workers or self-employed contractors? Adam Grant and David Israel look at the rise of the gig...
28 Jul 2016
The legal status of workers in the gig economy must be clarified so that businesses and individuals can thrive, according...
19 Jul 2016
Rather than feel threatened by the gig economy, HR should tap into the opportunities it offers for harnessing talent and...
20 Jun 2016
As consumers, we expect to be able to order products and access services at the click of a mouse, so...
31 Mar 2016
We used to differentiate between working on projects and “business as usual”, but today these have merged into one, says...
14 Mar 2016
PROMOTED | The HR landscape is a changing one and new research from GigaOM examines some of the most problematic and promising issues confronting businesses today.
15 Feb 2016
The “gig economy” has firmly entered employment vocabulary, becoming a catch-all term for anything from Uber taxi drivers to freelance...
2 Feb 2016
As organisations increasingly rely on self-employed contractors or other forms of contingent labour, how can they account for these skills...