Magazine article HRMagazine

Is Gig Work on the Wane?

Magazine article HRMagazine

Is Gig Work on the Wane?

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Maybe gigs aren't as big as we thought. According to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS), the U.S. contingent workforce has declined over the past 13 years.

In May 2017, 3.8 percent of workers-5.9 million people-held contingent jobs, BLS reported. In February 2005, the last time the survey was conducted, 4.1 percent were in that category. BLS defined contingent workers as pe°ple who do not have a contract for ongoing employment or who are in work that is structured as temporary.

The findings puzzled labor market observers and led to questions about the study's methodology. "I was surprised," said Martha Gimbel, research director for the Hiring Lab at global job search engine Indeed. "I would have expected there to be more workers in alternative work arrangements," she said. …

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