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To gig or not to gig? Stories from the modern economy

Explores the experiences of people engaged in the gig economy and their views on what it is like to work in this way. Focuses on gig economy participants who trade their time and skills through the internet and online platforms, providing a service to a third party as a form of paid employment. Analyses data from a survey of a nationally representative sample of 5,019 adults, including employees in traditional employment, those working in the gig economy, and those who are not working. Looks at how many people work in the gig economy. Considers whether gig work is a viable source of income. Questions whether gig workers are financially secure. Discusses whether ‘giggers’ are self-employed or workers. Examines opportunities for development in the gig economy. Asks whether gig work is a meaningful alternative to traditional employment. Includes the following findings: a quarter of gig economy workers say that the gig economy work they do is their main job; there are mixed feelings on the extent gig economy businesses should provide employment rights and benefits; and six in ten gig economy workers think they will need to take part in formal training or learning during the course of their working lives. Presents a summary of recommendations, mainly for the government.


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