Survey suggests gig economy jobs not the future of the workforce

Survey suggests gig economy jobs not the future of the workforce


Research by Glassdoor has found that while there has been a 14% increase in the number of gig-style roles, more than three quarters of the UK workforce would prefer permanent employment.

Glassdoor surveyed around 2,000 workers across all employment types in the first month of this year, and found that only around 13% would consider ‘gigging’ in the future.

The vast majority, 76%, prefer the security that comes with permanent employment.

And while Millennials are the generation who will shape and structure how we work in the coming years, only 10% of 18-24 year olds and 9% of 25-34 year olds say that the gig economy will be how we work in the future. Overall, just one in ten of those surveyed believe that the gig economy would become the future of work.

Conversely, 20% believe that the gig economy exploits workers and harms employees’ rights.

Glassdoor’s survey supports the theory that flexibility is the most popular benefit of the gig economy for both workers and employees, with 35% of respondents selecting ‘flexible working’, 11% selecting ‘work-life balance’, and 10% citing ‘being my own boss’ as key drivers for their preference.

Furthermore, 39% of women compared to just 31% of men feel that the main advantage of working in the gig economy is flexible working.

73% of women reported that they already enjoyed a good work-life balance.

The most important consideration for men and women remains salary and benefit packages, which are less stable in in gig or contract work.

Task-based jobs such as car rides, accommodation rentals and food deliveries have all already become mainstream gig economy jobs. However, just 12% of those self-employed and 21% of those employed feel that they would earn more if they left a job to work on a ‘per activity’ basis.

In terms of job generation, only 13% of all respondents predict that the gig economy would be a good way to reduce unemployment and create jobs in the future.

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s Chief Economist said: “The gig economy may be associated with prodigious growth of app-based taxi rides and food delivery, however, as we’ve already witnessed in the U.S., the impact on the UK workforce could remain minimal in the longer term. Further, gig roles only really work for relatively simple jobs that are easy to measure, don’t require deep institutional knowledge, and don’t rely on long-term relationships. The majority of the fastest growing jobs in the labour market today require human creativity, flexibility, judgment, and soft skills.”

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

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