The Revolution will be Freelanced Part III

Jan 24, 2019

From NPR

A new NPR/Marist poll finds that 1 in 5 jobs in America is held by a worker under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce. Workers across all industries and at all professional levels will be touched by the movement toward independent work — one without the constraints, or benefits, of full-time employment.

Currently, 1 in 5 workers is a contract worker, the poll shows. According to economists Alan Krueger and Lawrence Katz, the percentage of people engaged in “alternative work arrangements” (freelancers, contractors, on-call workers and temp agency workers) grew from 10.1 percent in 2005 to 15.8 percent in 2015. Their report found that almost all — or 94 percent — of net jobs created from 2005 to 2015 were these sorts of impermanent jobs. As our work force migrates to the gig economy, we need a system where worker benefits travel with the individual and we increase the efficiency in which available labor is connected easily with available work (by leveraging newly available technologies).

Gillian Hadfield, who studies legal markets at the University of Southern California, says,

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