The nature of work as we know it has changed. It’s hard to say how many people are currently in some form of non-traditional, freelance, or gig work. Experts say the rate is around 30%, and more than 10% of people gig as a primary source of income.
Part of the change is a generational divide. In 2019, 53% of Generation Z participated in some form of gig work. This is not to mention other sharing services like AirBnB. I have not done gig work myself, but I have many friends that have or currently do.
There are some definite benefits to the model, such as setting your own hours and flexibility, but there is also a lot of uncertainty. Task-based work means all your time is spent on the clock working with no down time. Contract workers have few to no benefits or protections beyond the bare minimum provided by the law, which is struggling to provide some form of regulation to the practice.
What’s certain is that this style of work will only become more prevalent in the future. Below are a few titles that will give you a leg up on the competition, and for more information on gig work and the economics surrounding it, check out the Gig Economy Data Hub and these resources from UpWork.