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Gigged By Sarah Kessler

Actly which hours he works each week to the Uber driver who starts a union to the charity worker who believes freelance gigs might just transform a declining rural town journalist Sarah Kessler follows a wide range of individuals from across the country to provide a nuanced look at how the gig economy is playing out in real timeKessler wades through the hype and hyperbole to tackle the big uestions What does the future of work look like Will the millennial generation do as well their parents How can we all find meaningful well paid work. Gig economy is about the use of assets in different ways I can give two uick examples of that Think about Uber which allows people to turn their private car into a temporary taxi The common business model for a taxi is uite different It used to be that taxi had to be a registered vehicle you have to pay to get the license to become a taxi driver buy insurance and so on Now the technology which has allowed cars to become taxis is part of what explains why people are temporarily becoming taxi drivers The second thing which is happening around the world is Airbnb which allows your house to temporarily become a hotel room Then it allows you to become temporarily a hotel owner This is a really radical new development and it s actually great because it means we could have much higher capital efficiency Instead of all these cars lying idle now they are turned out to be taxis And when a house which lies empty because its owner is on holiday could be used as a hotel This is a fantastic development which helps us in getting a much higher utilisation rate out of our assets and it will increase its efficiency greatlyNext the gig economy allows everybody to be their own boss and play by their own rules It is an economy where you have apps that give out jobs like Uber or Airbnb Workers are changed into freelancers and generally speaking it s a shift from full time employment whether that could be contract workers or temp workers or other things that aren t traditional jobs Now it s much easier to hire a freelancer than it s ever been before There are online platforms offering easy ways to search for workers You can keep track of these people over if you hire a freelancer you can also watch a video of all the hours that they were working for you on their desktop to make sure that they didn t do something different while they were supposed to be working for youWe all know that flexible works have some perks Some people become entrepreneurial they become creative than in the traditional office We also know that these jobs generally don t come with sick leave vacation leave or retirement benefits healthcare or any other workplace supports And for many doing this kind of work leaves if you like to read my full review please visit my blog

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S revolutionized the way we do business High profile tech start ups such as Uber and Airbnb are constantly making headlines for the disruption they cause to the industries they overturn But what are the effects of this disruption from Wall Street down to Main Street What challenges do employees and job seekers face at every level of professional experienceIn the tradition of the great business narratives of our time Gigged offers deeply sourced up close and personal accounts of our new economy From the computer programmer who chooses ex. Having read similar books about understanding modern day poverty and work I felt this did well at maintaining a journalistic distance rather than claiming I m one of them But it is very focused on some odd characters and it wouldn t be fair to call them representative Interesting to read about Uber and its influence on this whole sphere of work I also liked the policy bitNotesAs a group independent contractors earn than employees but this is only true for those with scarce skills eg journalists it graphic designers while less scarce skills like cleaning earn lessGig economy champions are find out touting data that shows that workers like flexibility But this data doesn t take into account how much workers value this directly when weighed against factors like pay job security benefits and safetyThe complexity of contractor Vs worker status different across Europe and each YS state leaves it open to abuseUber drivers get few details before accepting a ride to discourage selective fare taking This can mean getting short rides that offer very little pay after Uber s commission or ones going far away with little prospect of a return rideUber promoted itself as a way to start a mini business by not advertising post after deductions including petrol etc by internally they viewed McDonald s add their biggest competitor for staffPhoto tagging ie what s in the photo is a micro task outsourced by tech companies wanting it to appear automated But some pictures are graphic of abuse or terrorism and come with little warning other than 18In many sites the flexibility is one way mandating that workers are available a certain number of hours but not guaranteeing those hoursOften the start ups don t even know how much the independent contractor middle man is paying its workersBeyond transportation services many companies found the gig economy model just didn t work If you re a human led service like cleaning or waitering having an unreliable and uncommitted worker base is less than ideal Your people are your competitive advantage and that means you need to invest in them Some companies have found success by investing in employees essentially rejecting the gig modelUber has cut fares at various points and argues that supply and demand means this benefits drivers But this is only true if demand customers are very responsive to price changes but supply drivers aren t The latter is unlikely in most situations as drivers choose to drive or not depending on faresIt s a small minority that actually works in the gig with but it gets lots of media attention so politicians have cottoned onto that and used it to get attention on wider issues of instabilityTwo policy responses to the gig economy were discussed restructuring benefits and restructuring employment categories The first involves making benefits portable ie sticks with the employee even if they move jobs like NI does Proposals included changing healthcare or sick leave to portable benefits The latter involved creating a new independent worker category These plans and ideas have faded in the US with stakeholders unable to agree on an idea it done stakeholders conveniently unable to agreeA UK enjoyment tribunal find Uber drivers to be workers an in between category of send employed and employee Some feel this just intensifies the problem giving employers one category to exploit or find loopholes inIn the epilogue she summarises the gig economy well the tremendous hours of silicon valley and the disappointing reality that our support systems are not prepared to handle the major changes on the horizon

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With deep reporting and graceful storytelling Sarah Kessler reveals the ground truth of a key part of the American workforce Her analysis is both astute and nuanced making GIGGED essential reading for anyone interested in the future of work Daniel H Pink author of WHEN and DRIVE The full time job is disappearing is landing the right gig the new American Dream One in three American workers is now a freelancer This “gig economy” one that provides neither the guarantee of steady hours nor benefits emerged out of the digital era and ha. Capitalism uses cutting edge technology to screw workers Old Wine New Bottles Uber Mechanical Turk are innovative methods for pushing down wages shedding benefits putting all risk on workers in the name of being your own boss as an independent contractor You are scrubbing toilets for less money and security but guess what your an entrepreneur in the new economy


10 thoughts on “Gigged By Sarah Kessler

  1. says:

    Capitalism uses cutting edge technology to screw workers Old Wine New Bottles Uber Mechanical Turk are innovative methods for pushing down wages shedding benefits putting all risk on workers in the name of being your own boss as an independent

  2. says:

    A few years ago I thought about writing a book on the gig economy On many levels I knew that it was going to be a big deal and recent events have only underscored its importanceI'm glad that I didn'tI couldn't have done a better job than Sarah

  3. says:

    This book is a well done and fairly up to date look at the phenomena associated with the “gig” or “sharing” economy a set of developments in the organization of work that are turning individual people into individu

  4. says:

    Just finished Gigged by the brilliant writer Sarah Kessler Over 6 years she reported on the rise of the gig economy the countless enum

  5. says:

    Having read similar books about understanding modern day poverty and work I felt this did well at maintaining a journalistic distance rather than claiming I'm one of them But it is very focused on some odd characters and it wouldn't be fair to call them representative Interesting to read about Uber and its influence on this whole sphere of work I also liked the policy bitNotesAs a group independent contracto

  6. says:

    ‘Any economy is built by humans and this book is about them' I love this as a catchphase and as a good reminder to all of us working on these topics to always think about the human impacts I am involved in policy research in this

  7. says:

    Decent reporting Unfortunately she constrains herself to popular cliches about labor economics though she uestions her orthodoxy a few times Also she greatly exaggerates in her Chapter 128 reference The abstract This article uses various micro data sets to study entrepreneurshipConsistent with the existence of capital constraints on potentia

  8. says:

    Gigged is a tech journalists tour of the the “gig economy” mostly from a “neutral” standpoint Recently there has been a spat of books that look into the “dark side” that web 20 and social apps have had in our society These include “Weapons of Math Destruction” “Automatic Ineuality” and “Alg

  9. says:

    Gig economy is about the use of assets in different ways I can give two uick examples of that Think about Uber which allows people to turn their private car into a temporary taxi The common business model for a

  10. says:

    As a factual background I must state that I left a full time job in the first months of 1998 and became a player in the gig economy However I spent a year researching and saving for the move and when I left I had over 10000 in work lined up and

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