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.






This is the world of people who don’t have regular hours or pay. They can be animal caretakers, brick-layers, cashiers, drivers, electricians, food servers, gaming dealers, hairdressers, industrial equipment operators, janitors, library assistants, manicurists, nursing assistants, office clerks, personal care aides, receptionists, security guards, tellers, ushers or waiters.

Many are working around unpredictable obligations; family, studying or medical constraints. Some prefer flexi-work to mono-skilled dependancy on one organisation (a traditional job). Others have irregularity forced on them.

Job-hunters have an array of public services to ensure wide opportunity, actionable data and fairness. Irregulars have none. That gap has been filled by labor markets structured around short-term profits or downright exploitation.


Insight into this world remains sketchy. Informed estimates of irregulars in the workforce range from 2% to 35% and above. It depends on definition used. Much activity is in the shadow economy with no data collection. But evidence overwhelmingly points to a growing issue 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.

How big is this? Numbers are significant. Data gathering less so.


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