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Flexible work: how the gig economy benefits some more than others

Davies, Julie and Horan, Mark (2016) Flexible work: how the gig economy benefits some more than others. The Conversation. ISSN 2044-5032

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Abstract

Self-employment is on the rise in the UK. The latest government statistics put it at 4.79m, which represents 15% of all people in work. And, in recognition of this changing nature of employment, the prime minister has commissioned a review of workers’ rights. One of its chief tasks is to address concerns that millions are stuck in insecure and stressful work.

Flexible working and self-employment are inevitable solutions to the growing “gig economy”, in order to best manage projects and fluctuating work flows. A flexible lifestyle may be desirable for the highly paid IT consultant. But for the call centre worker on a zero-hours contract, it means a pension, mortgage and income protection are all illusory.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Schools: Huddersfield Business School
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2016 16:06
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2016 16:06
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/29987

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