Tough gig: Temporary workers forced to juggle two or more jobs at one time

Gig economy workers juggle as many as two or more jobs at the same time, according to new research.

One in three hold at least two jobs, while one in 14 hold three or more. And one in ten undertake seasonal work or employment during the holidays.

The research also revealed that more women have just one form of gig work than men (55 per cent vs 42 per cent), whereas more men hold three to five gig jobs than women (19 per cent vs 11 per cent).

The study, which is the first to use data from the gig economy, also found that flexibility and breadth of opportunities are the main factors for two in five gig workers choosing gig work. While a fifth admitted that gig work is the only type of employment available to them, and a further 14 per cent say they undertake gig work to ease them into retirement.

Chris Atkinson at Zurich UK, said: “With Christmas approaching and people increasingly considering gig work to supplement seasonal costs, holding more than one role has become the norm.

“The benefit of gig work is that it gives people flexibility to boost their income, but it comes without the benefits that full-time employment provides such as holiday pay and income protection.

“This is why it’s so important there is more support available to gig workers to ensure they take steps to protect their finances.”

Earlier this year, the Government-commissioned review of employment practices led by Matthew Taylor, recommended a new status for gig workers as ‘dependent contractors’, an alternative worker status that would require gig companies to treat those who worked for them as employees – allowing them access to the same workplace benefits.

The Work and Pensions Select Committee and the Business Select Committee have also announced that a draft Bill has been drawn up which would make ‘gig’ companies pay holiday and sick pay, realising that the labour market is “not working for everyone”.

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