The ‘gig economy’ is forcing workers into poverty: Salvation Army report – Sydney Morning Herald

Two reports today about the negative impact of current on-demand business models, which impart ultimate flexibility to the employer while limiting workers’ ability plan and prosper. The Salvation Army (see quote below) reports seeing many more poverty-stricken workers because of the rise of part-time work. The Center for American Progress graphic below summarizes the plight of the on-demand worker. The CAP’s report makes suggestions based on early efforts in some cities to address the problem.

A new report by the Salvation Army has found insecure employment arrangements are driving an increasing number of workers into poverty.The data, extracted from the Salvation Army’s financial counselling service, show the number of casual and part-time workers seeking support has increased by 140 per cent over a 12-year period, outstripping all other client groups.

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