Gig workers are part of a flexible and on-demand workforce who do multiple short-term jobs (gigs), and can be anyone from part-timers looking to make extra money from a second or side job to full-time freelancers. The gig economy extends across most industries and roles.
Traditionally, the term ’gig economy’ related to using online platforms like Uber and Fiverr to take on small jobs – but now it’s pretty common for people to call their casual short-term jobs ‘gigs’ too. The same rules that apply to gig workers apply to contractors, freelancers, self-employed people and casual workers.
Services provided may include:
• Personal services like cleaning, moving or DIY tasks.
• Skilled manual work, eg plumbing, building or electrical.
• Administrative work like data entry or ‘click work’.
• Creative or IT work, eg writing, graphic design or web development.
• Professional work like consultancy, legal advice or accounting services.
• Delivery or courier services.
• Driving or taxi services.
Gigs are often infrequent, and many casual workers only work once or twice a month. Gig work usually supplements some other form of income and isn’t a significant portion of total income. This kind of work is increasingly chosen by young people and is a growing type of self-employment.
• Choice and variety in work
• Flexibility in pay and hours
• Can easily leave a role if you don’t like it
• You’re not covered by employment agreements, and that means
• no guarantee of government minimums, eg minimum wage
• no sick pay or paid leave.
• No job security
• Frequent job-hunting
• Pay is often low
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