Advanced Markets for Irregular Employment

Reversing 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 work” platforms make headlines. But they are the tip of an iceberg. For tens of millions of corporate employees, fluctuating hours are replacing traditional employment. Meanwhile, America’s shadow economy has reached 10% of GDP. The bulk of this under-the-table activity is odd hours of work.

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Over a third of adults could already be in some form of unstable “gig” work. Their employment is typically insecure with limited benefits, prospects or protections. There are many interventions that could help this workforce. But the underlying need is a different kind of local marketplace for all types of irregular work.

Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 12.43.57Britain’s government funded core technologies and learning around these markets. In July 2017, 25 American workforce bodies collaborated on a report into the 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 Los Angeles County. In June 2018 the LA project was awarded first prize in the US Conference of Mayors’ national CommunityWINS program for neighborhood stabilization, economic development and job creation.

 

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