Size of the UK’s ‘Gig Economy’ revealed for the first time
Foundation for European Progressive Studies – 12th February, 2016. In a joint study of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and UNI Europa, carried out by University of Hertfordshire and Ipsos MORI, the true size of the UK’s ‘gig economy’ is revealed for the first time.
In the online survey of 2,238 UK adults aged 16-75, 21% say they have tried to find work managed via so-called ‘sharing economy’ platforms such as Upwork, Uber or Handy during the past year, equivalent to around 9 million people – almost one fifth of the adult population. Around 1 in 10 (11%) of respondents said they had succeeded in doing so, equivalent to around 4.9 million people.
Published on 15th February 2016
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