Here’s a great overview of the Gig Economy, from Due.com. It’s US-centric, but the findings are transferable. UK readers will just need to translate the tax and pension information.
Many Americans are saying goodbye to the traditional 9-5 lifestyle in favor of a much more flexible schedule that works around what they need. In 2016, nearly 53 million Americans were freelancers, that’s 34% of the workforce!
Much of the recent press in the UK has centred on the negative aspects, particularly of large “employers” possibly bending the rules to define workers as self-employed to reduce the employers’ cost base.
We shouldn’t ignore the very real benefits that the growth of freelancing brings for willing workers and for the economy as a whole.
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