Contingent workers, independent contractors, consultants. Depending on the industry, these are common names ultimately describing people doing the same type of work: gigs. For years, the idea of temporary work has been viewed as less stable than full-time employment. But with the ever-growing gig economy gaining popularity, the tide is turning.
Studies predict that “as much as 50 percent of the workforce could be participating in the gig economy by 2019.” As a result from past dips in the job market, many employees know the difficulty of finding work. Factors like the financial crisis have caused workers to turn to on-demand jobs, creating a different perception of temporary work than what may have been present before. With convenience, speed, and ease at the top of the list of must-haves for consumers, the need for contract or temporary workers has grown to a new high, with two out of three executives saying they “depend on non-payolled workers to survive.”
More and more are seeing the appeal in contract work for reasons ranging from the ability to balance career and family needs, having autonomy and control, or simply making extra money on the side. Employers are realizing that to compete with non-traditional jobs, they need to start paying competitively, offering flexible schedules, and actively listening to employees’ needs and wants. At PeopleReady, we’ve put the control back into workers’ hands. With resources like accessible branch locations, our JobStack app, and long-standing customer relationships, we’ve given our workers the chance to choose their gigs, hours, and location preferences- right at their fingertips.
The gig economy is rising and shows no signs of slowing down. Whether you're a millennial hoping to supplement your income or a Baby Boomer wanting to make a bit of extra money on the side, more and more people desiring a say in their employment are choosing gig work. If you want to place your stake in today’s growing gig economy, PeopleReady is here to help get you started.