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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.