The Rise of ‘Little Jobs’

This article originally appeared in the June 2018 edition of Mobility Magazine.

In France, the concept of “gig work” translates to “little jobs,” which come without the promise of stability and benefits. Despite the artful translation, President of ManpowerGroup France Alain Roumilhac says that nearly 60 percent of France’s residents find gig work of interest, and the global average of people who want “nextgen” work (part-time, contingent, contract, temporary, freelance, permanence, independent contractor, on-demand online, and platform working) weighs in at 87 percent. 

How This Impacts Mobility

The advantages of having just-in-time talent without the expense of benefits such as retirement, health care, and pensions beg the question of what happens when significant numbers of people in a society are working without these safety nets. The answer: Employer perspectives, and employment, will change.

This year the U.K. Parliament introduced a bill to extend parental leave to workers in the gig economy. Gigster, which helps companies find software engineers, allows freelancers to participate in a bonus program as their full-time workers do. Freelance-based companies such as Lyft are starting to offer access to benefits to up their appeal to contingent talent. 

Read the rest of this article in the June 2018 edition of Mobility Magazine.

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