The gig economy

Many millennials are gravitating toward the gig economy of temporary and freelance jobs, enabled to do so by the rise of sharing-economy companies such as Uber and the increasing popularity of social media. Many who have taken this route say they enjoy being untethered from the traditional workplace and have little interest in permanent full-time jobs. Some observers say the 2007–09 recession and the soft economy that followed have pushed millennials in this direction. Whether through choice or necessity, the increasing prevalence of gig work raises the question of whether these younger workers are failing to learn the communications, leadership and teamwork skills that come from functioning in a more conventional work setting.

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The gig economy
Brown, D. (2018), 'The gig economy,' Sage Business Publisher online, 26 June.

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  • no specific sector focus
  • United States
  • 2018
  • Article
  • employability and career progression, skills and skills development
  • English
  • Sage Business Publisher online (Publisher)
  • Open access
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