Independent Workers Feeling More Secure

The 2018 MBO Partners State of Independence in America paints a nuanced picture of the 42 million Americans who work independently as independent professionals, contractors, consultants, freelancers, side giggers and more.   In this eighth year of the report, the longest-running comprehensive look at the independent workforce, American independents emerge as strong, mature, and satisfied.  Even… Continue reading Independent Workers Feeling More Secure

The Gig Economy and the Rise of Nontraditional Work

DIPLOMATIC COURIER by Hannah Bergstrom The sharing economy, which brought about the spectacular rise of services such as Uber, TaskRabbit, and Grubhub has brought about the rise of nontraditional, part-time, and temporary jobs. Additionally, the economic changes brought on by the Great Recession of the late 2000s have increased the need for nontraditional jobs—also known… Continue reading The Gig Economy and the Rise of Nontraditional Work

New LinkedIn Research: Use of Freelance Labor on the Rise Among U.S. Small Businesses

SPENDMATTERS by Sydney Lazarus It’s not just big companies that are increasingly incorporating contingent labor into their talent management strategies. Small businesses in the U.S. are also turning to freelancers. According to the latest research from LinkedIn, 70% of U.S.-based small businesses (defined as those with fewer than 200 employees) have hired freelancers. LinkedIn has seen… Continue reading New LinkedIn Research: Use of Freelance Labor on the Rise Among U.S. Small Businesses

We’re about to find out how big the gig economy actually is

By Sarah Kessler, the deputy editor of Quartz At Work For the first time since the rise of the term “gig economy,” the US federal government will release data showing how many workers rely on non-traditional work arrangements like temp work, freelancing, and on-call work.  The June 7, 2018 disclosure has been much anticipated. According… Continue reading We’re about to find out how big the gig economy actually is

How the gig economy could help close the skills gap

By Gregory Ferenstein, contractor with Tech4America, a San Francisco-based tech policy nonprofit. Former President Obama often referred to the “train and pray” trap of workforce education, in which people intensively bury themselves in books and hope that there’s a job waiting for them on the other side of a credential.  In a new economic analysis,… Continue reading How the gig economy could help close the skills gap