Uber-style casual gig economy employment becoming the new 9 to 5

May 18, 2017

The traditional workforce is evolving quickly before our eyes, with casual contracts or the "gig economy" disrupting taxi and food delivery industries.

Could health care work be next?

Megan Lily, the head of workforce development at AI Group, told ABC Radio Adelaide's Drive program that casual work was becoming the new norm.

Gig economy growth

  • One-third of Australians freelanced last year

  • Forty per cent of Americans use freelance apps for work

  • Uni graduates beginning to split-role freelance to find work

 

"A lot of people have never worked in the traditional work environment — they haven't ever worked in nine to five."

She said some university graduates had been able to use this short-term gig economy quite successfully to find continuous work.

The rise of apps like Uber and Deliveroo and websites such as Freelancer and AirTasker enabled people of all skill-based backgrounds to find casual work quickly and easily.

And Adelaide aged care facility manager Simon Chappel said he saw the need for a similar on-demand system for his industry as well.

 

Read more at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-18/uber-style-gig-economy-employment-market-becoming-new-9-to-5/8537042

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