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One in three gig economy workers have more than one job, according to new research from Zurich UK.
Published within Zurich UK’s ‘Restless Worklife’ report – based on UK-wide analysis from YouGov of over 4,200 adults, of which 603 were gig workers – the research finds that one in three (32%) hold at least two jobs, while one in 14 (7%) hold three or more. One in ten (10%), meanwhile, undertake seasonal work / employment during the holidays.
The research also revealed that more women have just one form of gig work than men (55% vs 42%), whereas more men hold three to five gig jobs than women (19% vs 11%).
The study also found that flexibility and breadth of opportunities are the main factors for two in five (39%) gig workers choosing gig work. A fifth (21%), however, said that gig work is the only type of employment available to them and a further 14% said they undertake gig work to ease them into retirement.
They said the main drawbacks were not having access to employee benefits such as income protection, holiday and sick pay; not knowing where the next job / pay cheque will come from (42%) and not receiving a workplace pension (31%).
Earlier this year, the Government-commissioned review of employment practices led by Matthew Taylor, recommended a new status for gig workers as ‘dependent contractors’, an alternative worker status that would require gig companies to treat those who worked for them as employees – allowing them access to the same workplace benefits. The Work and Pensions Select Committee and the Business Select Committee have also announced that a draft Bill has been drawn up which would make ‘gig’ companies pay holiday and sick pay, realising that the labour market is “not working for everyone”.