Advanced Markets for Irregular Employment

Stabilizing the Gig Economy

Employment is fragmenting. Instead of a steady job, workers are increasingly summoned and paid as required hour-by-hour. If these workers are to progress, they need a new kind of labor market.

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“Gig’ platforms like Uber make headlines. But they are the tip of an iceberg. Irregular hours have replaced traditional employment for tens of millions of corporate employees. Pay for illegal, off-the-books, odd-hours of work has reached 10% of GDP.

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Over a third of adults are doing at least some unstable “gig” work. It offers negligible security, benefits, prospects or protections. Motivation, alignment and quality are low. To sustainably, comprehensively, tackle this you need a different kind of hourly labor market.

Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 12.43.57Britain’s government funded core technologies and learning for these markets. In July 2017, 25 American workforce bodies collaborated on a report into US possibilities, funded by Casey Foundation.

Walmart Foundation enabled Americanization of the platform which is to be open sourced. Supported by Kauffman Foundation, focus is now on first launch in Long Beach/Los Angeles County. In June 2018 that project won first prize in US Conference of Mayors’ national CommunityWINS program for neighborhood stabilization, economic development and job creation initiatives.

 

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