Millions need ad-hoc work. Millions more will be forced into it. This kind of employment needs attention.
What is this work? Local deliveries, street patrols, odd hours in a shop or café, cleaning after an event, as-required care at home. There are thousands of sectors offering odd hours of economic activity.
This market is fast evolving. New scheduling tools edge employees into precarious hours. “Sharing Economy” marketplaces encourage trading of people and possessions hour-by-hour.
Governments spend billions to make markets for jobs more efficient and inclusive. But markets for irregular work remain lop-sided, time consuming to use, uncertain and devoid of data. Public bodies are crucial to better markets, companies can’t do it alone.
Britain’s government has supported marketplaces that make hour-by-hour working more accessible, configurable, stable and rewarding. That can create local pools of flexi-workers who are motivated, in-control, stable, developing broad experience.
This technology sits in the now independent Beyond Jobs project. It is freely available to cities worldwide.