Gig economy jobs: report finds they could be hindering not helping workers | WIRED UK

The gig economy is going global, bringing with it benefits but also dangers, a new report has revealed. Among workers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, gig labour offers flexibility and increased income, but also downward pressure on pay, long hours, discrimination and lack of social contact.

Source: Gig economy jobs: report finds they could be hindering not helping workers | WIRED UK

HERE launches Mobility On-Demand, a powerful toolkit for developers building ride-hailing and food delivery apps

HERE today launched HERE Mobility On-Demand, a powerful and flexible toolkit for on-demand app developers, enabling them to build location-centric features into their apps and go to market quickly.

Source: HERE launches Mobility On-Demand, a powerful toolkit for developers building ride-hailing and food delivery apps

Theresa May WILL back gig economy workers’ rights changes, sources say | Economy | Business Grapevine

He said: “If you are subject to control – if as an individual in the relationship with the person who’s hiring you, they control your work, they control the basis upon which you work, they control the content of your work – that looks like the kind of relationship where the quid pro quo should be that you respect that person’s employment rights and entitlements.”

Source: Theresa May WILL back gig economy workers’ rights changes, sources say | Economy | Business Grapevine

The building of UrbanClap, one on-demand service at a time – Livemint

“Our personal experiences made us realize that even in 2014, hiring local service providers was actually extremely hard and difficult—whether it is a reliable plumber or a reliable yoga trainer or a reliable wedding photographer,” says Bhal.

Source: The building of UrbanClap, one on-demand service at a time – Livemint

iTWire – The On-demand skills economy

A report by management advisory company CEB, of 900 recruiters and 6000 hiring managers globally found between 2010 and 2015 the average time it took to fill a position increased more than 50 per cent from 26 days in 2010 to 68 days in 2015.

Source: iTWire – The On-demand skills economy

Snagajob: Recruiting for an On-Demand Economy – Workforce Magazine

“With the growth of the on-demand economy, we think there will be a substantial tailwind in this segment,” says Habib Kairouz, managing partner of New York-based Rho Capital Partners, which led a $100 million investment in Snagajob last year.The Arlington, Virginia-based recruiting technology company provides a platform specifically designed to link low-wage hourly workers with employers, primarily via a mobile app that lets them apply for openings in a few clicks.

Source: Snagajob: Recruiting for an On-Demand Economy – Workforce Magazine

Uber President Jeff Jones Quits as Turmoil Continues | Top News | US News

Ride services company Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has been thrust deeper into turmoil with the departure of company president Jeff Jones, a marketing expert hired to help bolster its reputation. Jones quit less than seven months after joining the San Francisco company, an Uber spokesman said on Sunday.

Source: Uber President Jeff Jones Quits as Turmoil Continues | Top News | US News

Judge gives final approval of $27-million settlement in Lyft class-action lawsuit – LA Times

Ride-hailing company Lyft will pay $27 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by drivers who sought to be classified as employees, after a judge gave the agreement final approval Thursday.

Source: Judge gives final approval of $27-million settlement in Lyft class-action lawsuit – LA Times

Seattle Law Letting Drivers Unionize Survives Uber Legal Attack – Bloomberg

Washington state Judge Beth Andrus rejected Uber’s arguments that the local collective bargaining process for drivers who work for ride-hailing companies and taxi services as independent contractors was flawed.

Source: Seattle Law Letting Drivers Unionize Survives Uber Legal Attack – Bloomberg

How the new health care bill could affect your Uber ride | Public Radio International

If you’re an independent worker, none of the gig economy companies, including Uber, will offer you health insurance. So, if you want it, that means — for most people — going online and signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Source: How the new health care bill could affect your Uber ride | Public Radio International