Do you like having freedom in your life away from working a 9 to 5, choosing when you work, like many of our event staff? Well, you’re far from the only one – according to new research, a third of the working population in the US and Europe is eschewing the traditional, well-trodden route of a regular full-time job to work independently.
Reported by Pars Herald, and compiled by the McKinsey Global Institute in the US, the ‘gig economy’, as it has been coined, is making up a far larger part of the working population now because of brands like Uber, AirBnB and Deliveroo, which all offer workers regular work in which they can choose when they want to take a job or booking. With more and more start-ups trying to emulate their success, there may be even more of us who join in working gigs.
The report carves up this giggin population into four groups – the free agents who earn the lion’s share of their income from gigging; the casual earners who top up their money when they need it; the reluctants who would prefer a more regular 9 to 5 job; and the financially strapped who have to gig to supplement their regular job.
The report states: “Those who do independent work by choice – the free agents and casual earners – report greater satisfaction with their work lives than those who do it out of necessity.”
For many gigging represents the future of employment – offering freedom and choice of how and when they earn.
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