Oct 17, 2017

Uber, Lyft, take heart from fellow disrupters and gig responsibly

The sector deploys roughly 50m agency workers each year, according to the World Employment Confederation, the industry body. Europe, the region that was most hostile to these disrupters, is now the second-biggest temp agency market in the world. The rest of the labour market has been so rigid in France that demand has remained high for the employment agencies' flexible workers, in spite of the extra costs. Research suggests temp agencies do help low-skilled young and unemployed people into work but they do not necessarily provide a further "Stepping stone" into permanent employment. Unlike the temp industry, which has a business-to-business model, the gig economy sector mostly sells its services direct to consumers.

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