The Gig Economy and the Future of Work


Abstract Purpose. The purpose of this paper is to consider the development of the so-called gig economy and to show that really the developments in the labour market are really just a development of an increase in contingent work generally.
Design/methodology/approach. The paper analyses relevant literature and statistical information, together with the issues raised by litigation in relation to the employment status of workers employed in the developing gig economy.
Findings. The paper is part of a wider literature on the development of the gig economy and hopefully contributes to current analysis and debate on employment status on ‘new forms of work’.
Research limitations/implications. The research is part of a debate adding a legal perspective.
Originality/value. The paper provides further material for an ongoing discussion about how new are new forms of work.
Paper type. Issues paper

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