Workers Find Opportunities in Gig-Based Economy
A strong majority of Gigwalk survey respondents (72 percent) said they expect to maintain or increase their level of work in the on-demand economy.Workers are turning to part-time work, not because they are unable to find full-time positions, but rather because they are eager to take advantage of the perks of the gig economy, according to a Gigwalk survey of more than 1,000 people across the United States who identify as freelancers or on-demand workers. A strong majority of respondents (72 percent) said they expect to maintain or increase their level of work in the on-demand economy. Almost half (44 percent) think that the freelancing economy will grow up to 25 percent in the next few years and nearly one-third of on-demand workers (28 percent) were even more bullish, saying they expected the industry to grow by 26-50 percent. "One of the most revealing findings from the survey was the age distribution of gig economy workers. The public often associates the gig economy with Millennials, but freelancers are distributed fairly evenly across all age groups," David Hale, CEO of Gigwalk, told eWEEK. "The largest age group represented was actually workers 60 years and older. Similarly, there’s a perception that freelancers are concentrated in industries like transportation."
Hale noted while only 10 percent of the respondents said they had worked for a company like Uber or Lyft, a whopping 42 percent of gig workers are in educational services, doing tutoring and counseling jobs.