Millions need flexible blue-collar work. Millions more will be forced into it. This kind of employment needs attention.
What is this work? Local deliveries, street patrols, cleaning after an event, odd hours in a shop or café, as-required homecare for seniors. There are thousands of sectors offering odd hours of employment.
This market is fast evolving. New scheduling tools force employees into precarious hours. “Sharing Economy” marketplaces encourage trading of people and possessions hour-by-hour.
Governments spend billions to create jobs and make their jobs market more efficient. But markets for irregular work remain lop-sided, time consuming to use, uncertain and devoid of data.
Britain’s government has invested in marketplaces that make hour-by-hour working more accessible, configurable, compliant and rewarding. That can create local pools of flexi-workers who are motivated, in-control, developing broad experience. That’s a boost for local businesses and public services. Odd hours of work can be an on-ramp for job seekers.
This technology sits in the now independent Beyond Jobs project. It is freely available to cities worldwide.