Advanced Markets for Irregular Employment

The Irregulars

180207 End of WorkSome people have regular jobs. Some are unemployed. Irregulars occupy a grey zone in-between.






Are there days when you need to find some work, or more work, but you don’t know what times you might be available? You need irregular work: employment that fits around existing commitments in your life.

Many people seek work around unpredictable obligations such as family, studying or medical constraints. Some prefer it to mono-skilled dependancy on one organisation (a traditional job). Others are having irregular work forced on them: they need to find top-up hours because of “clo-opening shifts”.


Insight into this corner of labor markets remains sketchy. Informed estimates of Irregulars in the workforce range from 5% to 33%, depending on definition. Much activity is in the shadow economy. But credible evidence points to a growing issue now impacting the entire workforce.


In this section:

Who are they? Some want irregularity, others can’t avoid it.

What’s their problem? Uncertainty, marginalization, skimpy marketplaces.

Why do they matter? Prospects for all workers are threatened by unequal “gig” work.


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