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Is the gig economy a positive or negative for the majority of workers?

A growing trend is cropping up as workers are becoming more likely to engage in freelance work, or short contracts rather than a permanent position. This is especially clear with online services such as Uber or Deliveroo who are relying on temporary workers that function as private contractors to provide services for the company’s clients. These services usually consist of smaller jobs or ‘gigs’ that the company supplies to the worker based on demand, often through the use of the company’s online application, but the gig economy is based on a variety of platforms and arrangements. A growing section of the service sector is now functioning from this emerging trend of free-lance digitalisation in the labour market; with over a third of US workers claiming to have carried out gig work in some capacity. However the gig economy has raised issues for many, as proponents argue that a gig-based economy is beneficial to both companies and workers, while others claim it is exploitative. Overall, is a gig economy a positive or negative for the majority of workers? gallup.com/workplace/240929/workplace-leaders-learn-real-gig-economy.aspx bbc.com/news/business-38930048
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Negative – Lack of security for private contractors
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Positive – Flexibility for both workers and employers
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Negative – Lack of security for private contractors

The lack of job security or employment protections for gig economy “private contractors” has been massively highlighted by the coronavirus. The gig economy weakens the position of the worker in society, strips them of benefits, perks, training and protections, while damage worker-employer relations, keeping standards low and potentially creating problematic accountability issues. There are so many issues that it makes the gig economy look like Silicon Valley’s attempt at undermining workers rights. Overall, it is exploitative and represents a massive regression for society in an attempt to further solidify employer-employee inequality.

irishtimes.com/opinion/gig-economy-is-the-mass-exploitation-of-millennials-1.3379569 theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/09/uber-drivers-report-sweated-labour-minimum-wage technologyreview.com/s/615350/coronavirus-covid19-gig-economys-sharp-inequalities-tech-business vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/5/28/18638480/gig-economy-workers-wellbeing-survey

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Positive – Flexibility for both workers and employers

Firstly, the transition to a gig economy is a positive for business, companies can avoid liabilities giving them the luxury of flexibility, helping them to downsize, upsize, move operations, and attempt new ventures, all without having to worry too much about labour arrangements. Most importantly however the gig economy can be flexible for workers also, helping students that struggle to fit work around their studies, and in the same way providing a better work and life balance to many more. The positive effects this flexibility can bring to a workers life are often understated, a UK study on the effect of atypical forms of work on the workers mental health found that being self employed in the gig economy can actually have a positive effect on a workers mental health.

techinasia.com/japan-gig-economy-zehitomo-funding bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2020/03/12/one-third-of-sacramentans-depend-on-the-gig.html zenefits.com/workest/what-does-paid-time-off-cost-the-employer papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3395144

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