The Weekly Stripe – 07.02.2020
Independent, contingent or gig worker, regardless of the name used it has become an increasingly common form of work. With the increasing prevalence have come debates around the effects on individual workers and the overall labour market with some arguing it provides freedom and flexibility and others arguing it undermines the rights of workers to have decent working conditions and pay. This week's links give you a variety of opinions and context to the phenomena.
“Historical accounts of the gig economy remind us that we need to think about work as more than a form of wage earning, but as something crucial to our social and cultural lives.[…] The gig economy considered in a historical context challenges us to better define the simple category of “work”. Should we define work as tasks undertaken for pay? Or should we include productive labour that is not paid?”
Recent research on UK workers who are trapped in the gig economy leads to recommendations on how to improve the social safety net for these workers with regards to financial security, dignity and dreams.
In 2016 McKinsey compiled a report on independent workers based on surveys in the US and Europe. They workers into 4 segments depending on if independent work was their primary or supplemental income and whether the work was a preferred choice or out of necessity.
In his latest film “Sorry we missed you” Ken Loach tells the story of a family struggling with precarious work in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and the effects on their family life.
In the city of dreams, Los Angeles, working multiple jobs and side hustles has long been the way to make your dreams come true. This photo essay shows some of the millennials currently doing so.