Belfast Telegraph

Most workers feel permanent job more secure than gig economy role, survey shows

Most workers feel more secure in a permanent job than one in the so-called gig economy, a new study has found.

Research by jobs site Glassdoor showed that pay and benefits were the most important factors in a job, something which were typically less stable in gig or contract work.

A survey of 2,000 adults found that fewer than one in eight would consider gig work in the future, despite its flexibility.

Three out of four women who responded said they already had a good work-life balance.

Dr Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist, said: "The gig economy may be associated with prodigious growth of app-based taxi rides and food delivery, however, as we've already witnessed in the US, the impact on the UK workforce could remain minimal in the longer term.

"Although many ride-sharing and travel platforms have popped up in recent years, they're still confined to a small corner of the workforce.

"Gig roles only really work for relatively simple jobs that are easy to measure, don't require deep institutional knowledge, and don't rely on long-term relationships.

"The majority of the fastest-growing jobs in the labour market today require human creativity, flexibility, judgment and soft skills.

"For some jobs, the UK gig economy is here to stay, but don't expect the majority of the workforce to be part-time contractors any time soon."