There is widespread support among employers and employees for the UK government to provide more protection for those who work in the gig economy.
In a survey of nearly 5,000 workers and over 100 businesses by Totaljobs, 90% of employees and 87% of employers said more regulations were needed to protect the rights of gig workers.
The gig economy has been on the rise for several years and 64% of employers believe its importance will only continue to grow in the next year, as individuals turn to self-employment in order to find work. This is backed up by an annual 24% increase in the number of contract and freelance roles advertised, and a 36% rise in candidate applications, according to Totaljobs.
It’s predicted that five million people work in the gig economy in the UK, representing around 16% of the total full- and part-time workforce. Some 43% of businesses surveyed said they already employ gig workers and almost half of those (45%) who don’t said they would do so in the future.
As many as 79% of employers said they employed gig economy workers to offer flexibility to their business, 40% said it was to fill a gap in the team, and over a third (35%) said it was to help them scale their operations up or down.