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.
20% of workers could already be in this form of employment, often outside the formal economy. Their work is typically insecure and without prospects or protections.
An alternative model is possible. It allows any citizen to sell precise hours, on their own terms, across as many employers and types of work as they want. Protections and compliance are enforced. Everyone has a route to increased opportunity and stability. For employers; booking extra workers is one-click easy.
Key to this is a new kind of marketplace, launched by cities. Britain’s government has funded the technology. It now sits in the independent Beyond Jobs project and is freely available worldwide.