Posts tagged with 'gig-economy'
What's a Gig? No One Is SureRead the rest of this entry »
What's a "gig" job? Like Justice Potter Stewart once wrote, you may know it when you see it. But for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that's just not good enough.
As the acting BLS commissioner admitted in a blog post last week, "BLS does not have a definition of the gig economy or gig workers. In fact, researchers use many different definitions when they talk about the gig economy." …
More People Are Freelancing for the FreedomRead the rest of this entry »
Do you freelance? More and more people are. And they're spending more time than ever doing it.
Upwork's latest report on -- Freelancing in America 2018 -- shows the rapid rise of freelancing as a lifestyle choice rather than an economic necessity. Largely driven by millennials, the number of full and part-time freelancers grew by 3.7 million to 56.7 million people since Upwork's first survey in 2014. Over those five …
Outsourcing Jobs Is Changing What It Means to Be An EmployeeRead the rest of this entry »
What will the future workforce look like?
That's a question economists, labor analysts and human resources professionals have been wrestling with for years. Outsourcing, automation, contracting, freelancing and contingent employment are all having an impact on what it means to have employees and to be one.
Now comes a Wall Street Journal article with the provocative title "The End of Employees" declaring, "Never before have American companies tried so hard …
The Government's Gig Economy Survey Is More Confusing Than ClearRead the rest of this entry »
When the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced it would collect information on the number of gig workers, there was hope that finally the nation would get a handle on this elusive group. Instead, it looks like the report released last week has only added to the confusion.
The BLS says there are 15.5 million Americans who are primarily employed in "alternative work arrangements." The bureau included independent contractors, temps, on-call …
More Americans Than Ever Are FreelancingRead the rest of this entry »
Upwork, the online marketplace for contractors and gig workers, says 57.3 million of us earned at least some money freelancing this year. That's more than a third of the entire American workforce.
If that surprises you, consider that the survey by Upwork and Freelancers Union counts as a freelancer everyone who earned anything doing temporary, project, supplemental or contract-based work. That includes full-time workers who moonlight on their own, as …