In its recently released report into digital disruption, the Productivity Commission described gig work as a model of hiring labour on demand. This is facilitated through platform websites (think Uber, TaskRabbit, Amazon Mechanical Turk), enabling work to be broken down into components which allows tasks to be allocated as needed. The Commission’s report warns that while “gigging” might increase flexibility of work it means workers bear more risk because of fragmented, insecure employment.
The Washé app is available for free download on the App Store and Google Play. After creating a basic profile, consumers can request a car wash on their smartphone and in minutes the detailer arrives at the vehicle’s location. They also have the option to schedule a time most convenient for them. There’s no need to give directions to the washer — the Washé app uses GPS location services and keeps the consumer updated through every step of the process. Users can select the services they desire from tiered packages which include everything from a basic exterior wash to a full detail. When the job is complete, customers receive a picture of their clean car and secure payment happens automatically.
iCARS, a San Francisco-based on-demand car service company, isn’t the first ride-hailing startup to offer fancier car service options. But it’s hoping to differentiate in Austin’s crowded ride-hailing market by promoting its extensive driver screenings, which include random drug tests, and partnering with luxury hotels and third-party chauffeur services.
The GrubHub lawsuit is Tan, et al. v. GrubHub Inc., case number 3:15-cv-05128, District Court, Northern District of California.
1776 Home Care offers customized senior care on an hourly or live-in basis, including night, weekend, and respite care. Caregivers provide a range of services, individualized to fulfill each senior’s specific needs. Services range from companionship, meal prep, and light housekeeping to running errands, medication reminders and set-up, and Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
“Opt-in” isn’t “dumb” technology. The problem marketers have is asking for permission.
Currently, beacons are “dumb technology” requiring consumers to opt-in via an app or other system to receive notifications when they’re within a beacon’s proximity. But as the devices evolve, they’ll be used more often to identify consumers’ wants and needs.
“One of the benefits of beacons is that you can reach your audience in real-time in their exact location,” Adam Binder, founder of digital marketing agency Creative Click Media, tells Search Engine Journal. “For instance, if a customer was recently searching for jeans, beacons will alert them when there is a store in their location with jeans on sale.”
Drawing from a mix of census numbers and government labor and economic statistics, it concludes that 29 percent of employees are part of the gig economy — roughly the same percentage as in 2000.“What we are not seeing yet is that those platforms are leading to more people being part-time employed or self-employed than we have seen for 20 years,” said Ted Egan, the city economist who wrote the report.
Europe knows what undermines economic stability, says author Steven Hill.
The gig economy, exemplified by ride-service companies like Uber, housing rental companies like Airbnb and freelance brokers like Upwork, is not a harbinger of an empowering new tech-driven economy. These are predatory corporations using age-old practices to exploit workers, dodge government oversight and evade taxes.
Despite having questions about their loyalty, employers surveyed still like using independent contractors both for the flexibility of hiring workers with specific skills as the need arises (90%), as well as for cost-saving purposes such as taxes and benefits (86%). When asked to choose one or the other, 58% of employers say full-time hires are better for their company because they provide more value over the long-term despite having to pay more up-front on taxes and benefits.