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Trump’s Labor Department Backtracks On Obama-Era Stance On Gig Businesses

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued an “opinion letter” Monday recognizing a gig business’s workers as contract labor, a favorable sign for other companies built on the gig economy business model. A gig business is a company that uses a tech platform based online or on a smartphone app to connect customers to service providers. A couple of popular examples ...

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Most Companies Will Use More ‘Gig Workers’ Over Next Five Years

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60% of companies surveyed expect to increase use of contract labor A semi-permanent workforce is becoming the norm Company decision makers indicate they are increasing their reliance on gig workers, with more than 60 percent growing their use of contract labor over the next five years, according to a new survey. Organizations site the top motivations for temporary workers as cost ...

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Thinking about a “Gig Economy” job? Here are the top 10

The top 10 best jobs in today’s “gig economy” were released today in a CareerCast report that serves as a guide for independent workers seeking employment. Among the best jobs for gig workers are: Accountant, Application Software Developer, Carpenter, Management Analyst, Marketing Manager, Multimedia Artist, Occupational Therapist, Plumber, Public Relations Specialist and Web Developer. “The ability to work with clients on a ...

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Where to Make the Most Cash in the Gig Economy

As FitSmallBusiness.com, the digital business publication, established in a recent study, it’s all about the gig economy now.  Freelancers contribute nearly $1.4 trillion every year to the national economy, and it’s projected that nearly 43 percent of the U.S. workforce will be represented by gig economy jobs in the year 2020 – proving that “gig” is not only here to stay, it will continue ...

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Contrary to Hype, ‘Gig Economy’ hasn’t grown in two decades

Today’s BLS Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangements survey results represent an important addition to our knowledge regarding the level and distribution of non-traditional work arrangements in the US economy. The first of their kind in a dozen years, the data show that between 2005 and 2017 the share of independent contractors, on-call workers, temporary help agency workers and workers provided by ...

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Gig Economy May Replace Retirement for Many

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Today, more than one in three U.S. workers are freelancers — and this figure is expected to grow to 40 percent by 2020. Increasingly, workers are eschewing or supplementing the traditional “nine-to-five” career with independent or temporary work, but these gig workers face daunting challenges preparing for retirement. This shift in the workforce and the implications it has on gig economy ...

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Getting Real: Understanding the ‘Gig Economy’

Watching CNBC and reading economist blogs like ZeroHedge render a certain perspective on the American economy – I’ve decided to give mine. America is steadily evolving away from the democrat-favored, 8:30a-to-whatever, 40+ hour, single-job work-week to eith multiple 15-20 hour per week part-time jobs or the high-risk world of entrepreneurship. Check out our multi-part series on the ‘gig economy’ Part One: So ...

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Gig Economy: Working in Retail

As the American economy continues to slip into the crapper, more of us are taking multiple part-time jobs (gigs) to fill in the holes in our finances. Last week, I wrote about my UPS pre-loader early morning job, today – retail! See the rest of the ‘Gig Economy’ series: Part One: So you want to work as a UPS pre-loader ...

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Gig-economy: Why take a job as a UPS pre-loader?

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Why would anyone consider a package loading job with UPS or Fedex? As the economy drives more Americans into part-time work and the “gig-economy” UPS and Fedex look appealing as they fill a time slot that most other part-time jobs don’t. I took a job as a UPS pre-loader to see if a UPS career made sense and I’ve decided ...

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