Is gig work all it’s cracked up to be?
Working for “gig economy” companies like Uber or Deliveroo is often promoted as a fun, flexible way to earn a living – at least by the businesses that make money off this model of employment. Whilst working your own hours as your own boss sounds attractive, there are growing concerns from labour activists and commentators that this kind of work may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
Prominent rideshare and food delivery platforms are periodically increasing the commission they are taking from workers, forcing people to work longer hours in socially isolating conditions to stay afloat. Nic spoke with Sarah Kaine, Associate Professor in HR Management and Employment Relations at the UTS Business School about what all of this means for the future of gig work.